Here at Einstein Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling, we don’t only address plumbing topics, but we also tackle the events and issues in our community and surroundings especially when our fellow friends in Houston are in need.
Last Friday night, Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas after making a landfall and hitting the city of Houston with disastrous rain falls and leaving more than 300,000 people without power. At least two fatalities have been announced, according to the Associated Press.
With flooding expected to continue in parts of Texas over the next few days, the majority of people in the course of the storm will possibly need help from the rest of the country. Below are some methods on how you can help. But, before giving to any organizations, it is best to do a bit of research into how your donation will be used. Here’s what you can do to help.
Give Cash, Not Goods
Most charities prefer monetary donations. Cash donations allow more flexibility to fill unique needs for various communities and cause less of a strain on the foundation, enabling them to help more.
A simple way to donate is using your mobile. You can text HARVEY to 90999 to give $10 donation to Red Cross, or you can also visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS. You can also donate to The United Way just text UWFLOOD to 41444 to donate to the United Way Flood Relief Fund, or donate to support The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Harvey by donating online at helpsalvationarmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or text STORM to 51555.
Before you give, make sure you know where your aid is going. The Center for International Disaster Information recommends checking with a charity monitoring organizations like Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, GiveWell, or the Better Business Bureau before donating.
Countless animals have lost their shelters in the storm, as many have been required to abandon their pets or have been forcefully separated from them. Assist the animals by volunteering for the Animal Defense League of Texas or by donating to the Humane Society of North Texas or Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas.
Give to Local Charities
While there are various large, national charities set to help, groups with local ties to a community may be in a better place to help the Hurricane Harvey victims.
All Hands has staff ready to volunteer on the ground who are in contact with emergency management personnel.
Portlight, an organization dedicated to assisting people with disabilities who may not have been able to evacuate or have special medical or suitable shelter needs during the disaster.
International Relief Teams offer personal hygiene kits to flood victims.
The Texas Diaper Bank is ready to help families as well.
Coalition for the Homeless, an umbrella organization that can help coordinate needs for specific homeless shelters.
Volunteer at Shelters
The American Red Cross of Texas has asked people to volunteer. The office announced on Friday that it would be training volunteers at their shelters through a ‘fast=track’ course. The Salvation Army also announced that it would be accepting volunteers to hand out food and supplies at shelters. You can check for a local group in your area that are sending volunteers.
AirBnb, the website that allows people to book stays in other people’s homes while on holiday or another trip, is waiving fees between Aug.23 and Sept.1 for those that are needing shelter and has a connection for people in safe areas to offer space in their homes.
If you can’t go to Texas, you can still help. Some other ways to donate are by giving blood or foods. In this time of crisis, let us be one and help our fellow Hurricane Harvey victims in whichever way we can.
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