by admin On Sep 18 2017
Giving back to your community is an activity for the whole family. Hurricane Harvey displaced more than 30,000 Houstonians, but you can make a difference no matter where you are in Texas. Here are a few ways you can give back in Houston or from afar:
During times of natural disasters, donations for supplies are badly needed in the immediate aftermath. If you’re in the Houston area, items you can donate to shelters include cleaning supplies, diapers for children and seniors, blankets, towels, and over-the-counter medical supplies.
Once the storm has died down, most organizations prefer cash donations so they provide the specific assistance their communities need. If you’d like to make a monetary donation, use a tool such as Charity Navigator to find a reliable nonprofit that is helping Hurricane Harvey Victims. A few doing work in the Houston area are the Houston Food Bank, American Red Cross, and BakerRipley. A general fund was also founded by the Houston’s Mayor Sylvester Turner, the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.
Unfortunately, pets are often displaced during storms as well. You can help cats and dogs by donating dog food, toys, and other pet supplies to shelters located in the areas affected by the hurricane.
If you’re a real animal lover, you can also become a volunteer at a shelter. Many pets go to shelters after a storm and must be adopted out. As a volunteer, you will help with the adoption process and make a difference in an animal’s life.
Food banks try to be prepared for surges of need during times like hurricanes, but their shelves need to be replenished once need has gone back down to its normal level. You can make monetary donations, donate shelf-stable items (food banks always need protein items, such as peanut butter, tuna, and beans), or volunteer to do your part. Here are a few food banks located in areas hit by Harvey:
If you’re in an area affected by Hurricane Harvey, one of the best things you can do to make a difference is to help a neighbor! Cook them a casserole for lunch, take them cleaning supplies, or lend a helping hand in working on returning their home to normal.