“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” ~ Charles Dickens
Like most of you, my heart has been breaking for the people in Houston as they begin to rebuild. I live in the Houston area, but I was one of the lucky ones with no damage. You can read about my story in this post, Harvey – The Storm of Storms.
Now the storm is over and the hard job of rebuilding begins. For many, it is starting from scratch, they lost everything.
It’s going to take strength, conviction, and a willingness to work together to help them and the city of Houston to rebuild.
And they really need our help. Not just my help, but YOUR help as well.
It is sometimes hard to know how to make a difference in the face of such a huge disaster Here are some ideas of ways you can help.
If You are Close, Volunteer to Help
Volunteers who have been working for days could use a rest. There are lots of ways you can help through volunteering. Helping to serve food in shelters, helping to tear down destroyed buildings, helping to entertain children in the shelters, finding clothes and other necessities. There is plenty that needs to be done and YOU can help just by showing up and volunteering.
There is an emergency need for all blood types. This donation alone could save a life.
Pray for comfort for those who have lost everything or a person they love. For wisdom for the national, state and city leaders to help rebuild our fine city. Pray for people you don’t know who are hurting. Prayers make a difference.
Make a Monetary Donation (Small donations add up, no donation is too small)
There are a number of reputable organizations that have set up funds specifically for Hurricane Harvey relief:
The American Red Cross is working to provide emergency shelter for hurricane victims, as well as food, water, and blood as needed. You can make a monetary donation on the website, or visit a local office to donate blood. (There is an emergency need for blood)
The Salvation Army is on the ground, providing food, comfort kits, and emotional support to those impacted by the storm.
There have been hundreds of pets affected or displaced by the storm. It is scary for them too!
Save the Children is focused on helping families with children in the wake of the storm by providing supplies and child-friendly spaces in shelters, as well as planning long-term recovery efforts.
Most relief organizations do not provide diapers, so victims with babies and toddlers are in desperate need. You can send diapers or donate here.
My challenge to you this week to find some way to help those in Houston with your support. Whether big or small, whatever you donate or do will be appreciated. Do what you can. Every effort and dollar counts!