August 30, 2017

I've been in a stupor for the past several days, unable to function much aside from being glued to weather reports and pray endlessly for relief for a land and people I love so much. The inundation of the Gulf Coast is heart-wrenching, unprecedented... it would be completely unbelievable to fathom 50+" of rain falling in four days if our TVs and computer screens weren't drowning in the now-familiar images of families struggling to find higher ground, to start piecing their lives together. While my family is much further inland, I have had dozens of friends affected by Harvey--some quite drastically.

The most magnificent showings of love have poured out over, over and over again... neighbors rescuing neighbors, strangers risking their lives to save their fellow man, highways full of flat bottom boats, volunteers who have lost so much, and in the midst have stepped up to serve the needs of others. Celebrities and corporations have given generously toward what is expected to top $160 billion in damage. But Houston is in for a long, long recovery... as are the smaller surrounding towns like Rockport and

People all over are antsy to give back and to help where they can, but it's really crucial to bear in mind what is actually needed and what would be an added burden. Here's a short list of a few ways you can help:

  • Give blood. This is monetarily free, so desperately needed, and requires only your time. I have such a phobia of needles, but largely due to my dad's influence, have given blood often--it's not terrible, and you almost certainly will save lives.
  • We've all seen the one-liners about how easy it is, giving to the Red Cross--but in case you've been under a rock, you can text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10 that will be added to your phone bill next month. It really doesn't get any easier (and you can do it multiple times!).
  • Diapers are in desperate need. There are several ways to contribute these, and here are three different places (in the same vein, I believe wipes and feminine products are also in demand as well).
  • The images of animals left behind have just ripped my heart out... a few causes that are on the front lines of Houston saving the fur babies are the Houston Humane Society, Austin Pets Alive and the SPCA.
  • If you like to show your generosity via wardrobe, there are so, so many ways to contribute here... I purchased this shirt (#TEXASFOREVER), but there's also this shirt (made by none other than my go-to t-shirt place in college), and this shirt too. Because can you really ever have too many t-shirts?
  • James Avery is giving 100% of its proceeds from the purchase of this adorable charm to Harvey relief efforts through September.
  • If a more traditional approach is your style, The Salvation Army and Coalition for the Homeless are excellent places to toss your cash too.
  • And finally, I'll be giving all my Beautycounter commissions from now through the end of September to relief efforts. 

Just find a cause that speaks to you... that's what matters. This is such a short compilation of the dozens of ways you can give back. And people really, really need it right now, y'all.

Texans are known maybe most famously, for being stubborn and prideful... and they've no doubt put that on display for the country to see over the past week. To quote a meme I saw yesterday, "if you thought we were prideful before, you should see us when our boots dry out." 

I can't wait to see y'all come back, stronger than ever.

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