We're sure by now you're aware of the destruction and devastation Hurricane Harvey has caused throughout Southeastern Texas. As a Texas based company, we want to make sure everyone is aware of how they can help- whether it's something as simple as a text to donate $10 or donating your time to volunteer while the cities most heavily impacted recover, here's what you can do to help those in need.
Donate Money and Goods
- Text the American Red Cross: To make it easy, the Red Cross has set up a "text to donate" process. Simply text "HARVEY" to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Keep an eye out for a follow-up text asking for your zip code.
Making a text donation only takes a min. Make sure to get permission from your parents first!
Set up a Facebook fundraiser: Facebook now allows users to set up a "donate" post where friends can donate directly through Facebook. Consider setting one up and selecting The American Red Cross or a local Texas foodbank as your non-profit of choice
Setting up a Facebook donation post is easy
- Donate to another disaster relief charity: If you're planning to donate to another charity, make sure you know where your money is going. The Center for International Disaster Information recommends checking with a charity monitoring organization like GiveWell, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or the Better Business Bureau before donating to ensure your funds are going to the right cause. Some causes you can consider donating to:
- Local Food Banks: To ensure you're making a direct impact on the individuals impacted by Hurricane Harvey, you can also donate to local Texas food banks as they'll be needing a lot of help to keep up with demand in the coming weeks. We suggest checking out Galveston Food Bank, Food Bank of Corpus Cristi or Houston Food Bank.
- Personal Fundraising: Consider asking your school or office to raise funds together- it's amazing what a group of people can do when they put their minds together. Some businesses are even willing to match funds raised and assist with raising awareness. For example, HEB grocery stores throughout Texas are assisting in raising $100,000 throughout stores and Aceable is matching a portion of donations made by employees. Every dollar helps!
- Physical Goods: While monetary donations are preferred as they don't require transportation, physical goods are still more helpful than nothing at all. Find a local drive in your area that has organized the transportation of physical goods and consider donating things like clothing, canned goods, water, blankets, toiletries, diapers, or any extra materials you have on hand. If you're planning on going shopping for these items, consider a monetary donation instead to speed up the process.
- AirBnB Disaster Relief Program: If you feel safe and comfortable doing so, you can offer your spare bedrooms or properties to those in need of shelter while displaced from their homes. AirBnb has activated their Disaster Relief Program that will allow individuals to list their rooms and homes for free on the site to those in need of shelter.
Donate Your Time
- Volunteer: Southeastern Texas has a long road to recovery ahead of it, and volunteers are needed as much as funds. If you're in the area or able to make a trip down, your time and support are invaluable to these communities. Make sure to sign up with a local shelter or through the American Red Cross before showing up. Your personal safety should be a top concern. If you can't make it to Houston or the Gulf Coast to help right away, keep in mind that there will be months of recovery ahead in Southeastern Texas. The months that follow will be equally as crucial when volunteers begin to drop off.
- Blood Drives: During times of crisis the need for blood donations rises. If you're not able to make it to Texas, consider finding a local blood donation in your area to assist with rising needs for blood donations.
Stay safe out there! Our thoughts are with our fellow Texans.❤️