As Harvey continues to deluge a great swath of Texas, we are overwhelmed by the generosity of the people in our state and nation during this difficult time. Disasters like this serve as a reminder that even as individuals of different faiths, ideologies and cultures, we are all united in our humanity and in our love for this state.
While the extent of the damage is not yet known, and we anxiously await the full scope of the impact to Texas and its people, citizens are coming together to rescue and support on another. So, also, great organizations throughout America are working to provide whatever help they can. Many have already found ways to provide disaster relief, and those who have not have several ways to contribute.
According to FEMA, financial donations to disaster relief organizations are the most effective way to contribute. In-kind resources, like food and water, should only be given to organizations that have requested those goods specifically.
The following are recommended disaster relief organizations for Hurricane Harvey:
- The Mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner, has started the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Tax-deductible donations accepted on their website. The fund will be housed at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity.
- Diapers are greatly needed for families with babies, so please donate via The Texas Diaper Bankand Austin Diapers.
- American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey reliefmakes it easy to donate—simply text ‘HARVEY’ or ‘REDCROSS’ to 90999. Your $10 donation will appear on your phone bill.
The Salvation Army: 1-800-SALARMY or www.helpsalvationarmy.org
Texas Beverage Association members are among those affected by this disaster as well as those working to provide relief to fellow Texans. We are grateful to our many members who are providing help in their communities and contributing to the organizations above.
Thank you again for your kindness and encouragement.