Hurricane Harvey Relief
WE CAN MAKE A real DIFFERENCE!!!
To donate, text HARVEY to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief, which helps people affected by disasters such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, wildfires and tornadoes.
To donate by phone via credit card or to ask questions about donating money to the Red Cross, please call us at:
1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669)
TDD Operator: 1-800-220-4095
Help Comes in Many Ways
Many people hear the word "donate" and naturally assume that a request for money is being made-this is simply untrue! One of the problems with thinking monetarily is that it is easy to convince yourself that whatever you can afford to donate is not enough. The response to that is usually giving nothing at all. When donating during times of need its important to remember that no donation- whether in time, service or money is ever too small. There are many ways to help in times of natural disasters and some of the most profound offerings of help don't require money at all!
Offer your Service
One of the best things to donate in any time of need is service and time. During events like this we have an option to serve one another. Just as Jesus wiped the feet of his disciples we can humbly place ourselves in the service of another. If finances allows you to serve the disaster area, great but if not, you can call you local United Way or Red Cross and offer to answer phones or find out if they need assistance in organizing any of their relief efforts. Sometimes something as simple as answering a phone is a huge blessing.
There is always a need for blood, specifically O+. If you have not already done so, please arrange a time and a date to donate blood. Its a contribution that can be literally life saving and there is not a charge associated with this giving effort.
Even if you are not O+, please give blood. A phone call to your local Red Cross can tell you how to donate.
Purchase "Essentials" and "Baby Needs"
There is nothing worse than a bay in need under any circumstance. Some babies and children were removed from their household with only the pamper on their bum. Pampers, wipes, lotion, powder, blankets, bottles, etc. are ALWAYS APPRECIATED ND NEEDED. Anything over disaster area need can be donated to a local shelter. Some items are found at you or local dollar store! another way to organize is to pick a need such as adult toiletries and run a week long drive at you office or church and send in the donations weekly. Most post offices will offer a reduced rate for shipping due to disaster relief efforts. You'll be surprise how much people will give when presented with the opportunity to do so!
Supply food to food banks
Many local food banks and Salvation Army's across the country will be organizing food and clothe drives for the victims of Harvey. Donate, donate, donate! Go through your cupboard and relieve yourself of that box of mac and cheese or beans you have yet to open and help feed a family in need. Rotate your closet and relieve yourself of the shoes, shirts and pants you haven't fit for a couple of years now. When disaster strikes, every good thing is put into use. I support my local Salvation Amy and they will receive bags of clothes and shoes to donate to Harvey.
Don't know who to call to donate non-perishables? Contact your local church, local food bank or organize a neighbor or work effort yourself! There is always a way to do a good thing!
Host a Family
There is no greater gift than hospitality. If you are alone or have the space to do so, and can afford to do so- you can offer you home as a space for a victim of Harvey. The holiday's are approaching fast and this storm event will displace a lot of people for a very long time. Many home renter and real estate sites are posting places where victims can stay for free. If you want a family for the holidays, maybe this can be the two-fold blessing you were praying for!