Prayers for Hurricane Harvey and How You Can Help

Our community is fortunate to have avoided major damage from Hurricane Harvey — but the rest of Texas was not as lucky.

But during hard times, Texans inevitably rally together to support each other. The response to this disaster — from our first responders and government officials as well as from regular people who stepped up to serve — has been overwhelmingly encouraging.

If you have friends or family members on the coast or in the Houston area who still need assistance with evacuation, food, clothing, or other urgent needs, please encourage them to dial 2-1-1 or to call the Red Cross at (866) 438-4636.

If you are able, I hope you will consider contributing some of your time, money, or goods to help families recover from Hurricane Harvey. Below is a partial list of organizations in Central Texas and around the nation that are supporting Hurricane Harvey victims.

  • American Red Cross: Seeking volunteers (requires training) and financial support
  • Austin Disaster Relief Network: Seeking volunteers (requires training), financial support, and donations of undergarments, socks, toiletries, feminine products, pillows, blankets, cleaning supplies, black trash bags, mops, buckets, utility knives, work gloves, air mattresses, hand sanitizer, baby bottles, baby formula, diapers
  • Austin Pets Alive!: Seeking volunteers, fosters, financial support, and donations of medium and large dog crates, sheets, towels, food bowls, dog and cat food (dry and canned), cat litter, litter boxes, martingale dog collars, leashes, dog treats, peanut butter, flea and tick prevention, cleaning supplies
  • Central Texas Food Bank: Seeking financial support
  • Habitat for Humanity Texas: Seeking volunteers and financial support
  • Rockport-Fulton Chamber Foundation: Seeking financial support
  • The Salvation Army: Seeking financial support
  • Samaritan’s Purse: Seeking volunteers and financial support
  • Texas Diaper Bank: Seeking volunteers, financial support, and donations of disposable child and adult diapers, wet wipes, baby bottles, baby clothes, breast pumps, and baby toys
  • Upbring: Seeking financial support
  • We Are Blood: Seeking blood donations (Type in your location to see upcoming mobile drives nearby. Scheduled appointments are preferred but walk-ins are accepted.)

Keep in mind you can usually order products from Amazon and have them shipped directly to the organization. HEB will also have tear-off donation pages available at checkout.

If nothing else, please pray for peace for these families in the months to come. There are many immediate needs to fill, but also a long road to recovery ahead.

 

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