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    Houston, You Have A Problem… How Can We Help?

    HOW TO HELP HOUSTON

    There are a few moments in life that one will always remember. One of the most vivid for me was watching footage of Hurricane Katrina. I remember seeing desperate families on rooftops begging to be saved from the rising water and feeling completely helpless.  Three years later I visited New Orleans and wandered around the 9th Ward. The marks on homes showing that the homes had been searched and bodies had been found was surreal and heartbreaking. Here we are now, 12 years later, watching footage of Hurricane Harvey’s havoc on Houston. I know most of us want to do something, but feel helpless.

    I feel the urge to get in the car and drive to Texas with supplies and bring as many people and animals home with me.  The truth is that would serve me more than the people of Houston. Donating money is truly the effective way to help. Here are some organizations that are assisting along with links with specific information…

    LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

    Houston Food Bank

    Food Bank of Corpus Christi

    Houston Humane Society

    Houston SPCA

    San Antonio Humane Society

    Austin Pets Alive!

    Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

    SPCA of Texas 

    United Way of Houston

    NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

    American Red Cross

    Salvation Army

    GlobalGiving

    CORPORATE DONORS WITH DONATION CAMPAIGNS

    GoFundMe

    Lowe’s

    Starbucks

    Tito’s Vodka

    United Airlines

    ORGANIZATIONS ASSISTING MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES (LIST PROVIDED BY COLORLINES)

    Research shows that marginalized communities, especially communities of color, are disproportionately vulnerable. Many of these organizations are smaller and cannot be found on Charity Navigator. Like always, do your own research and please consider donating to organizations that support marginalized communities.

    The Black Women’s Defense League

    RAICES

    ICNA Relief

    BlackAmericaWeb.com Relief Fund

    Living Hope Wheelchair Association

    SHAPE Community Center

    South Texas Human Rights Center

    Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

    The Way Home

    The Transgender Foundation of America

    Texas Diaper Bank

    The Homeless Period Project of Austin

    This is just short list of organizations in the trenches. Do you know of any others?

    There are so many people coming together for good, but remember that there are a few that will take advantage of this tragedy. Before you give please do your research. Charity Navigator is a great website to that will help you make informed decisions about donations. All of us, whether we’re able to give or not, can help by contacting our legislators and encouraging them to release funds for relief quickly.

    Keller Williams is spearheading relief efforts worldwide through funds, supplies and manpower. Click HERE to see information on KW Relief.

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