As I was sitting making dinner for my family I was suddenly hit with the overwhelming feeling that I was so fortunate to be in my own home with my family preparing a meal. As thousands have been and likely tens of thousands more will be displaced from their homes in Texas over the next several days due to flooding caused by the incredible amounts of rain. I began to think of how I might be able to help being so far away.
Hurricane Harvey was a Category 4 hurricane as it hit land and has been now classified as a tropical storm. Bringing more rain to an area that has already sustained 22 inches in some areas. If this is something you want to help with there are a couple of ways that you can donate. Right now The American Red Cross and The Salvation Army are providing a great deal of the disaster relief. This entails food, shelter, clothing, assisting with the rescue of victims of the floodwaters, and emotional and spiritual care in this very difficult time.
If you would like to donate to the Salvation Army you can donate online at www.helpsalvationarmy.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or text STORM to 51555. The Salvation Army does provide updates to see how donations are being used. A little bit about The Salvation Army, locally they try to make a difference by assessing the needs of a community, building programs that will help that community in short term and long term, and invest in the community. The types of programs that can be found are curing hunger, providing shelter, stopping domestic abuse, fighting human trafficking, combating addiction, and serving veterans. These are just a few examples of what this organization does. If you want to learn more I encourage you to visit their website.
If you would like to donate to The American Red Cross you can donate online www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text HARVEY to 90999 for a $10 donation. The American Red Cross helps with disaster relief, blood donations, provides international services, helps military families, and does training and certifications. If you want to know how the Red Cross is spending your donations I encourage you to read their press release that includes their audited financial statements. It is very enlightening. That can be found at http://www.redcross.org/news/press-release/How-the-American-Red-Cross-Spends-Your-Donations
While I do not want to discourage individuals from donating, please be cautious if you want to donate with an organization that has not been vetted. Unfortunately there are those who might take advantage with scams during this time.
If you are not able to donate at this time I ask you to just keep those who are affected in your thoughts, for every act of kindness is what makes this world a great place!