Today’s post is going to be a little different. I am just broken for the people in Texas right now. 18 counties housing almost 7 million people are now covered under a declaration of disaster. Thousands have been evacuated and thousands more are being evacuated. Tornados and flooding rains are still threatening more damage. Homes and lives are devastated. Recovery is expected to take years.
I know what it’s like to have everything ripped from your life. As a single mom with little support and a family to take care of with mountains of abuse and mental health issues in addition to basic physical needs, I have fallen prey to disaster after disaster many times. One step forward three steps back, over and over.
Maybe that’s why I can’t shake the need to do something for these people who have just lost everything. For the ones who are stuck in the flood hoping, waiting for rescue. For those who left their homes seeking alternate shelter only to have that safety ripped from under them as well.
Or maybe it’s just the right thing to do.
If you’re not aware of the damage that Hurricane Harvey has caused, I’ve posted a few news articles and videos below.
In addition to donations and prayer, I feel God asking me to use all of my resources. I don’t have anything more to give, but I do have a sphere of influence. It’s not huge, but we serve a God who is able to do a whole lot with very little. So I ask you, my sphere of influence, to please just stop and take 3 minutes to pray. One minute for the victims of this storm, one minute for the rescue teams, and one minute for the leaders and government officials who are tasked with rebuilding the security of those who trust them. If it helps, set a timer on your phone for 60 seconds and repeat three times.
In addition to prayer, please consider donating to this great need. I thought about setting up a GoFundMe page, but there are so many, and so many that are scams that I decided against it. Instead I’m giving you some information on the disaster relief efforts of some well-known and trusted charities, as well as the links to donate. I won’t see any of this, I won’t know if you donate or how much. This is between you and God, but if you feel led, please do not hesitate to help the victims of this disaster. Here are some places I feel comfortable donating to:
- Donate to American Red Cross at their website. You can also call 1-800-REDCROSS or text HARVEY to 90999 How is the Red Cross helping?
- Donate to Salvation Army at their website, call 1-800-SALARMY, or text STORM to 51555 How is Salvation Army helping?
- Donate to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, established by the Greater Houston Community Foundation, at their website. How does Greater Houston Community Foundation help?
Please consider donating to your home church’s disaster relief or crisis fund as well.
I am also posting a fabulous Forbes article with great advice on what to donate and where. They have several links and list several companies who are matching donations as well. Check it out here.
Thank you all, and God bless.