It’s time.

This feeling of utter helplessness for our Texan friends, family, and complete strangers, who are fighting for their lives and basic human needs, should be molded into the simple act of helping. In any way we possibly can.

We may not be in the vicinity to drop canned goods or clothing off or help care for the young, the elderly, the vulnerable or even the orphaned pets, but there are so many other ways we can help those suffering through this devastating event.

We CAN:

DONATE to any of the highly-rated organizations listed on Charity Navigator’s website who are providing relief and assistance to the affected communities and people. Donors are able to designate their donations to the cause on their chosen organization’s website. Charity Navigator has made it easy for those of us who aren’t sure of where to send our dollars so they have the most impact. They also listed the following highly-rated local philanthropies who are helping individuals and animals in the most affected areas. Click on their links below to learn more. 

Food Bank of Corpus Christi

Houston Food Bank

United Way of Greater Houston

Houston Humane Society

Houston SPCA

San Antonio Humane Society

 

DONATE to KW Relief, the branch of KW Cares, founded by Keller Williams Realty Vice President, Mo Anderson. Once it is safe to do so, the KW Cares Disaster Response Team will be sending their mobilized volunteers, supplies, and equipment to the affected areas. Please know 100% of your donations will go directly toward supplying food, water, clothing, and building supplies that will be sorely needed. Click here to donate: KW Relief

LISTEN to what author and researcher, Brene Brown, has to say while she was volunteering at NRG Stadium in Houston about dignity and the immediate need for undergarments in her post and consider sending NEW and still packaged underwear via the two ways listed below the video.

1.  Gather new and packaged underwear and mail it to the below address, which is a Houston-based Hillel in charge of collecting and dispersing. Hanes or Fruit of the Loom brands are recommended if purchasing and mailing. Please know that Undies for Everyone only collects underwear, so please don’t send any other type of clothing.

Undies for Everyone
1700 Bissonnet St. 
Houston, TX 77005

2.  Give money and Undies for Everyone will purchase wholesale, maximizing your donation. To get started, simply click the “Donate” button on their website: www.undiesforeveryone.org.

 

Additionally, please READ this sobering Huffington Post article (click HERE) and click on the links below to help supply desperately needed diapers, bras, and menstrual hygiene products.

Support the Girls

Texas Diaper Bank

The Diaper Foundation

 

While this is in no way an exhaustive list of all the reputable organizations helping Hurricane Harvey victims, it is a list from which to begin to think about ways of helping.

Here’s to putting into action the things we CAN do.