Oh hello gentle reader! In case you were wondering why there’s been no post for awhile, its because my internet has been out the last week. Because a hurricane ate it. That’s right, in addition to flooding the majority of South East Texas and forcing thousands of people from their homes, Hurricane Harvey ate my internet. Bitch-ass hurricane.
The kitchen dog and I (and my husband) live in Houston and we’ve had a a crap week, to put it lightly. We are, however, one of those stupidly lucky people whose home didn’t flood and whose family and friends stayed safe through the storm. Sadly, that is not the case for many people across South East Texas and the Greater Houston Metro area. Homes flooded, roads were/are inaccessible, and thousands of people were evacuated to shelters across the city. As Houston settles down for a long recovery post-Harvey, the kitchen dog and I (and my husband) are donating to a few organizations to help our fellow Texans and we’d like to encourage you to do the same.
In case you are feeling overwhelmed by the number of options out there or are worried you’ll get scammed, here’s a list of organizations/charities my friend Amy and I researched that will help lots of people. I’ve divided them up into national organizations and local/grassroots organizations. Lots to choose from and all worthy of your time, money, or both. Thanks again!
Jess and Frankie the Kitchen Dog
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fun: This charity is in conjunction with our awesome mayor Sylvester Turner and the Greater Houston Community Foundation.
Houston Food Bank: People need food y’all
United Way of Greater Houston: helps with immediate and long term needs of Houstonians. Visit their website to donate or text UWFLOOD to 41444.
Food Bank of Corpus Christi: This is my hometown. Yay Corpus!
Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategies: They focus on people with disabilities in need of help
Texas Diaper Bank – Because Harvey doesn’t care that you are baby and need diapers. Bitch-Ass Hurricane!
Adopt A Rescued Friend (AARF) – No Kill Animal Rescue
Joy Rides Rescue – No Kill Animal Rescue
Houston SPCA – helping animals all over Houston
SPCA of Texas
Houston Symphony – the theater district was badly flooded and the symphony is amazing. I saw 2 of their summer concerts: The Music of James Bond and a tribute to Prince and they were amazing!
The LQBTQ Disaster Relief Fund- The L.G.B.T.Q. Disaster Relief Fund is working to provide services such as food collection, counseling, case management, and other direct services. It is managed by The Montrose Center, Houston’s longtime community center for the area’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender population.
AmeriCares: takes medicine and supplies to survivors
Catholic Charities: provides food, clothing, shelter and support services to those from all religious backgrounds.
Direct Relief : They have ship medical supplies and have made their entire medical inventory of more than $100 million available for the Harvey relief effort
Matthew 25: Ministries: is distributing personal care kits, cleaning products, first aid and safety kits, diapers, paper products and tarps.
Save the Children : Delivers baby supplies to child friendly shelters
I found these in this awesome article by the New York Times along with a lot of other really awesome information.
This post is not sponsored, duh. I have listed a wide variety organizations of all shapes and sizes to fit all of your charitable needs. Thank you for your generosity.
Photos courtesy of pixabay.com with exception to the one of Frankie and me. That one goes to the husband