Once a month, my friends Mel, Sheaffer and I host this link up where we share some random and fun stuff that’s up with us…but our hearts have been so heavy this week that we thought we would all focus on Hurricane Harvey relief instead. If you have blogged WUW this week, save it and link to us next Wednesday, September 6th instead.
This week has been devastating for so many. I’m not even sure if that word does it justice. Like most of you, we have been doing as much as we can from where we are. It’s just so heartbreaking. My dad goes on mission trips with a church in Houston and they were supposed to have left last Saturday for Nepal…but instead, they’re now “on mission” helping the people right there in their own community instead. It’s such an incredibly devastating turn of events. Over the last 25 years, my dad has offered help and assistance leading up to and after 15 different hurricanes and Andrew has been with him for the last three. I was so proud of my brother this week for driving down to Houston and doing the same thing. PEOPLE STILL NEED HELP! I know it’s not possible for all of us to physically go and help, but you can make a donation or like a lot of us are also doing, collecting items people will need after the storm ceases. I know my Facebook feed has been filled with people who need everything from clothing to diapers to food to medicine and more.
Today, the three of us made a list of some of the places where your donations would go help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Of course, this is not all of them, so if you have other ideas/options/suggestions, please comment and share.
*Go to www.samaritanspurse.comto make a credit card donation. We’ve had readers comment on how this organization helped them previously in times of need. They have 5 tractor trailers currently on their way to Houston.
*Text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation to the American Red Cross. You can do this multiple times. You can also visit redcross.org or call 1- 800-RED CROSS. The Red Crossdepends on financial donations to help provide immediate relief.
*JJ WATT (a Houston Texan football player) created a donation page and he pledges that 100% of the donations will go straight to disaster relief, to the people in need. You can find the site HERE.
*Our friends Courtney and Josh started a non-profit called Mission Regan several years ago in McKinney. They specialize in delivering medical supplies to those in need (both locally and abroad), and right now they are putting together teams to deliver supplies to the hard hit areas in Houston. The first team left yesterday, but they are already preparing for the 2nd round. Click HERE to donate. Please specify “hurricane relief” in the square NOTES section and select “general fund” in the drop down box. Click HERE to hop over to their facebook page to see a video they filmed yesterday showing some of their preparations getting ready to go.
*The Texas Diaper Bank has issued an urgent request for donations, stating that diapers are not provided by disaster relief agencies. The diaper bank will be distributing emergency diaper kits to affected families. You can donate money HERE, or you can send diaper to the following address: The Texas Diaper Bank 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504 San Antonio, TX 78238
*AABB coordinates a task force to manage blood collection efforts.
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*From now until the end of September, Chip and Joanna Gaines are donating 100 percent of the proceeds from their “Texas Forever” T-shirt towards Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
Thousands and thousands of evacuees began arriving in Dallas yesterday, with makeshift shelters at the Convention Center, schools and recreation centers. Trusted World has set up donation centers with needs specific to the shelters: diapers, baby wipes, toiletries, feminine hygiene products and nonperishable food including baby formula. The only clothing items that are needed at this time are packs of underwear and socks. Go HERE for locations and hours and/or to sign up for a time to Volunteer.
My heart has been heavy all week long and my prayers have not ceased for those affected. God bless you guys as you all do what you can from where you are to help those in need, and God bless everyone who has been affected. I am praying for you.