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Hurricane Harvey Relief.

Hurricane Harvey Relief.

Hi Blog Fam.  As you all must know, the state of Texas, specifically Houston and it’s surrounding area, is in crisis mode.  Since last Friday night the water has engulfed the area and continues to do so leaving a path of devastation.  People have constantly been reaching out to show support and ask how to help so I wanted to throw together a quick list of ways you can get involved in providing relief no matter where you live.  For those of you who are unaware of the severity of this storm to give you perspective it has been raining since last Friday and many people are stuck in their homes as they watch the water continues to rise.  We have not been affected as a nation with a hurricane of this nature since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Working for a company that has an office of 5,000 people alone in Houston I know that the work we have already done is incredible, but the work still in need significantly outweighs.  I know people say this a lot, but truly, anything you can do to help goes much further in a situation like this than imaginable.  So whether it be time or money, there is a place for you to join in and support this Texas community.

  1. Help the babies: The Texas Diaper Bank is creating relief kits for families with small children as supplies for that age are extremely scarce at this time.

  2. Help the fur babies: The SPCA is moving as many animals as they can from the shoreline and devastated area and are in great need of funds to continue this effort.

  3. Help your fellow human: This is probably the easiest thing that you can do.  To donate, text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

    1. Donate Blood: Find your local blood bank and take 30 minutes of your time to help maintain the hospitals needed supply.

    2. Portlight is an organization that helps provide support to those with disabilities/intense medical needs to ensure their treatments go relatively uninterrupted during this state of shock.

    3. Local Donations: Drop off items at a donation center at 15660 North Dallas Parkway (north of Arapaho Road), Dallas, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Sept. 1. The center is operated by the local nonprofit group Trusted World which is working with the city and several disaster relief agencies. AT&T Performing Arts Center is collecting items until 10 a.m. Sept. 1 at the front desk of Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St.Arts Mission Oak Cliff is collecting items 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Sept. 1 and noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 2 at 410 S. Windomere Ave.

      1. Items needed: moving boxes, diapers, baby wipes, toiletries, feminine hygiene products and nonperishable food including baby formula. The only clothing items that are needed at this time are packs of underwear and socks.

  4. Shop for a Cause:

    1. We all know and love that famous Texan based show, Fixer Upper.  So the hosts, Chip & Joanna, are graciously donating all the proceeds from the sale of each “Texas Forever” t-shirt sold → https://shop.magnoliamarket.com/

    2. My favorite girls at All the Wire are donating $10 of each Texas strong cuff to the relief efforts → https://www.allthewire.com/products/texas-strong

    3. Lower Greenville natives, Bullzerk, are donating 100% of the profits from the sale of their “Texas Cares” t-shirt → https://www.bullzerk.com/

Choosing to make an impact comes in many different forms as you can see, both locally and internationally.  Whether you drop off old clothes, grab yourself a comfy new t-shirt, or spend 30 minutes donating blood, it matters.  Spending the past few days working to relocate our Houston clients and employees and opening our own offices in Dallas I’ve been blown away at the kindness we’re seeing.  The generosity and flexibility that is required of all of us, especially those of us so close to the tragedy is not without tired eyes, late nights, and frustration.  The Texas community has and will continue to effortlessly move past those hurdles to do whatever it takes.  

It’s not been until now that I would have ever considered myself a Texan.  While my family and the Northeast will always be a part of home to me, I now realize the Texas community is one that I am proud to stand with in challenging times such as these.  If you have questions or are looking for more information on how to help please email me or direct message on instagram!  Until next time, fam.  XO

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