Like many Americans, I spent much of Sunday watching the horrific effects of Hurricane Harvey slam into Houston. I watched as places that I grew up in became unrecognizable and disappear under flood waters. We watched stories on Facebook of evacuation, rescues from water that is waist high and heroic images of everyday superheroes stepping to fill in the gaps and help out their neighbors.
It is awe-inspiring and almost Biblical in its magnitude.
Looking around, it is obvious that the need is immense, vital and reaches those basic needs that it takes to survive.
Here are a list of ways that you can help right here from Dallas.
- Social Media connects families and allows people to stay in touch. It has also in this situation been used to secure help, aid and rescue. Here is Facebook’s community home is a hub for folks stranded and those wanting to help. Here
- The City of Dallas is opening up its third shelter for those displaced by Harvey and the mega-shelter that will open at the Kay Bailey Convention Center is going to need an entire host of supplies to meet the needs of incoming families. Here is a list of supplies needed and locations for drop-off. Here
- The Critical need for blood is amazing and for us right here in Texas it will get there faster. Visit Carter Blood Care Here.
- The Texas Diaper Bank is prepping the relief effort from San Antonio to deliver diapers to families that have young children. Here
- The Houston Press has reached out to Feeding Texas and rounded up a list of food banks that needing some support across the region from Victoria, Houston, Corpus Christi, Austin and San Antonio. Assist here.
- The American Red Cross is already on the scene. If you would like to partner with them, visit here.
Prayers and willing hands are here to help with the rebuilding. If you know of a resource that should be added to this list, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll update it.