Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Help for Texas

Natural disasters have always frightened me. There's just something about the helplessness of it--none of us can control Mother Nature, and we have to accept whatever comes. The worst is what comes afterward. The rest of the world moves on, but everyone in the community that was hit is left to literally pick up the pieces. That's what happened in New Orleans after Katrina. I went there two years after the fact for a service project, and there was still so much that needed rebuilding.

Sharing a more light hearted picture from my trip to New Orleans, because in the midst of all the destruction from Harvey that's already out there, I couldn't bring myself to post any of the pictures I took of the devastated areas. 
The devastation from Hurricane Harvey has been weighing heavily on me all week, so I wanted to share with you all some of the many ways you can help.

- The Red Cross makes it really easy--you can text HARVEY to 90999 and a $10 donation will be added to your phone bill.

- A huge way to help is through the Texas Diaper Bank--you can donate to help them fund kits that will provide diapers and other baby essentials to families who have been affected. You can go here to their website and select "disaster relief" in the drop down menu. More info in this article from Today.

- Austin Pets Alive! is a non profit that is working really hard to help save and place animals that have been affected by Harvey. You can donate money if you're not local, but if you're local they've got a list of important items that are needed. Read all about that here.

- Lots of bloggers and small businesses are contributing! The Daily Tay is raising money for Austin Pets Alive: Helene in Between is donating the 100% of the proceeds from sales of her Lightroom presets; Barn Owl Primitives has some awesome Texas t-shirts, with profits going to Harvey Relief; Ruffle Butts will donate $1 for every new follower on Instagram.

- Lastly, this article has a good list of ways to help from near and far:

This is obviously just a small sampling of all the different charities and relief agencies that are helping out in Texas. I know it's overwhelming--which is why I kept this list small--but please consider donating to just one agency, if you are able to do so, and continue to keep these people in your thoughts and prayers. It's a long road from here, but we can be there to support them through it.

All Love,

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