Smaller Relief Organizations & Fundraisers for Harvey Help

August 31, 2017

This past weekend and week, Sam and I sat glued to our computers and TV as we watched Harvey unfold in Texas. It was beyond comprehension to read plea after plea from people needing to be rescued or trying to get help to a loved one – and not being able to do anything. Not physically anyway.

I know so many of us felt so helpless as this happened. It left me with a feeling of both the deep desire to do something, and the guilt that I could feel that way because I’m not the one in the midst of this disaster.

I don’t know how else to explain it. Like survivor’s guilt in a way. You see all these people suffering and you’re sitting at home, packing up supplies or sending off money but all you want to do is reach through the screen and rescue them. By Monday it took everything in me not to jump in the truck and head out there.

800 miles.

11 hours.

2 kids.

Pets.

Money we’d need to come up with for our own housing/food/supplies. It seemed like a really terrible idea to both go and not go.

Then I read a facebook post from someone in the middle of the storm that helped me to focus on what I could do. He kindly asked that people who were not trained in emergency rescuing or able to help unhindered just send money or load up supplies. His posts stated while he knew many people wanted to be there with them, risking our lives while rescuing them wasn’t helping anyone if we weren’t able to do it properly, and therefore causing more rescues.

The point of this isn’t to feel “let off the hook,” but to realize there are ways you can truly help without becoming a burden or a risk. For many of us, financially and logistically, it isn’t possible to go to where Harvey hit, but we should all be helping in any way we are able.

So below are some smaller/lesser known organizations and fundraisers going that you can make a real impact by donating time, money, and supplies too.

-Animals: https://www.facebook.com/austinpetsalive/

-Amplify Marketing and El Paso Children’s Hospital (also info on brand donations and local El Paso dropoff): https://www.facebook.com/cortneygalster/posts/10101003612070562?pnref=story

-Adopt a Classroom: http://sunsandsecondgrade.blogspot.com/2017/08/adopt-texas-classroom-faq.html

-Adopt a Flood Family: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AdoptAFloodFamily/

-My own fundraiser for Texas Diaper Bank: https://www.facebook.com/dianawrote/posts/1899861226707311

-Portlight Inclusive Disaster Services (helping individuals with disabilities): https://www.facebook.com/pg/PortlightStrategies/

-Texas Decals by Charlotte Reese Boutique: https://www.facebook.com/charlottereeseboutique/photos/a.1266411293374164.1073741831.136465763035395/1870784072936880/?type=3&theater 

-Texas Disaster Relief (friend of a friend using helicopters for rescue): https://www.gofundme.com/texas-disaster-relief

-Texas Relief Shirts by Jumping Jax Designs: http://jumpingjaxdesigns.com/product/texas-forever-harvey-relief-unisex-t-shirt/

-The Parker Lee Project (helping children who are medically fragile): https://www.facebook.com/theparkerleeproject/

-Westerbur Flood Damage (family of a friend): https://www.gofundme.com/westerbur-flood-damage

If you want to go still (and we all do!), please consider going to help once everything has calmed down, the spotlight is off them a little, and you can focus your time and resources on the long-term effort of rebuilding their lives and towns.

Please feel free to leave ones you know and trust, or any fundraisers you may have through your business or personally, in the comments below! 

6 Comments

  • Aimee Swindall

    August 31, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Thanks so much for thinking of and praying for all of us here in Houston, and along the coast! This has been a completely devastating experience for so many people here. At the same time, it has been incredible to see everyone come together to help those in need. All the prayers and support from those around the state and country really do mean so much! Just a couple more suggestions for ways to help:
    My church in Cypress (Northwest Houston), has already mobilized and has people in homes around Houston doing clean up and demo. 100% of funds go directly to hurricane relief.
    http://bayoucityfellowship.com

    My parent’s church in Leander (outside of Austin), has already sent a team to the Texas Coast, and plans to stay on the ground for as long as they are needed. Their pastor posted a video about their relief strategy on Facebook, and I think it’s a great plan.
    https://www.facebook.com/shayneobrien/videos/10155714767120990/
    http://rockpointechurch.com/hurricane-harvey

    1. Diana

      August 31, 2017 at 9:45 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing these with me! You guys have just been through so much – our hearts ache for you and what you’re still facing. I’m so very sorry and hope that the outpouring of love as well as financial support helps at least a little in these next several months as you all start to put life together again.

  • Leah

    August 31, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    christianaidministries.org and you can go to their rapid response or disaster service page

    1. Diana

      August 31, 2017 at 9:45 pm

      Thank you for this! I hadn’t heard of them before your comment so that’s great to know.

  • Rachel

    August 31, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    I live in Cypress, a suburb of Houston, and my entire street flooded except my house and the one next door to me. All of my dear friends who we regularly celebrate 4th of July and New Years with, every single one had their homes destroyed. We actually just had a block party the night before the hurricane to celebrate back to school. Now their first week of school is cancelled. Our lives have been totally upended. Our neighborhood is using Disaster Aid USA (part of Rotary Club) to support the hundreds of families who now have to rip apart their homes and rebuild. Please consider donating https://www.facebook.com/disasteraidusazone21/photos/a.199320163797410.1073741829.191021384627288/411717409224350/?type=3

    1. Diana

      August 31, 2017 at 9:48 pm

      It’s almost unbelievable to read these and know someone was in the middle of this – it really happened. It is surreal to see and hear about, and I don’t have any other words for it than I am just so so sorry. If there is any way we can get out there in the coming months to help you all, please know many of us will. So much love for your neighborhoods – and thank you for sharing your story and the link.

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