Supporting the beautiful people affected by Hurricane Harvey is possible!
Keep reading for 3 simple ways you can give back.
I am fortunate to be unharmed. My family and close friends were all unscathed, but every Texan cannot say the same.
Homes were destroyed. Businesses were closed, meaning no wages for some. A few lives were even lost.
According to ABC News, here is a glimpse into the aftermath of the catastrophic storm:
- 440,000 Texans have registered for FEMA assistance
- More than 185,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed
- Harvey’s direct financial costs are still being estimated, but range from $72 billion to $125 billion—possibly even more
Lives were ultimately torn apart, but the generosity I’ve witnessed since the storm passed has filled me with joy.
The nonstop donations, the number of people standing in long lines to volunteer, the first responders working around the clock.
Here are 4 easy ways you can also give back:
If you’re going to treat yo’self, might as well treat someone else.
For many, life is happening as usual. Their humble abode is unharmed, their routine is consistent and shopping needs to be done. With that said, check out these fashion and beauty brands willing to use their company as a way to do some good:
KNC BEAUTY: Kristen Noel Crawley, the founder of KNC Beauty, has decided to give back. Proceeds from this week’s sales will be used to help victims of #HurricaneHarvey. This is a perfect time to try her all natural, collagen-infused lip masks.
Lime Crime: Purchase a Beet It Velvetine liquid lipstick and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Red Cross.
Sprinkles Cupcake: #TexasStrong Red Velvet cupcakes! Yum! No confirmation on whether a vegan-friendly option will be available, but for those who are not vegan, indulge a bit.
Golden Thread: This Houston-based business is using the proceeds from four different necklaces to purchase basic necessities for victims.
ATTEND Hurricane Harvey Charity Events
Be thankful for your current state of affairs and have some fun.
Boston: Solange Knowles at the Orpheum Theatre, September 28
100% of the ticket sales will go to a local Houston organization.
I will be doing a special "Orions Rise" show in Boston, and ALL proceeds will go towards Hurricane Harvey Relief. I'm committed to partnering with organizations on the ground in Houston and making contributions to uplift the city that raised me with so much love. See you September 28th Boston, I thank you in advance for making this a special meaningful night !
New York: All In For Houston fundraiser in Brooklyn at Kinfolk
This doesn’t only mean money!
thredUP: You don’t have to leave your house… it doesn’t get any easier than this. All you have to do is request a Clean Out kit and send off your gently-used items. The Houston Food Bank, a thredUP participating partners, will collect your payout earnings.
JJ Watt’s Houston Flood Relief Fund: His initial goal was $200,000. He surpassed that and is now aiming for $20 million. What I love about this fundraiser is the constant updates JJ Watt provides, along with his determination to understand how to effectively distribute the funds. He is doing research on Hurricane Katrina to better understand what the displaced citizens need.
#HappyPeriod: As a woman, I am glad this organization is providing a necessity that is often overlooked.
#HappyPeriod’s mission is to provide menstrual products to anyone with a period that has low-income, is homeless, or living in poverty. Items can be purchased on their Amazon Wish List or monetary donations can be made to their Houston chapter here.
Houston, we are touched by the all messages and posts from many of you who are ready and willing to volunteer. As you know, we are waiting for road conditions around our warehouse to become safe before we can welcome volunteers to the Food Bank. If you'd like to be notified to when volunteers are needed, please text DisasterVol to 51555. We'll let you know immediately when it's time to start helping! #volunteer #HoustonStrong #Harvey
Food Bank of Corpus Christi & Houston Food Bank: Donate your time or non-perishable items; any or all will suffice. People need to food to survive and these organizations make sure local communities are fed.
BeyGood Houston: Beyonce has team up with the following organizations to continue relief efforts.
- Bread of Life — I’ve previously volunteered here and have seen the work they do on a daily basis! Great local non-profit that gives back to Houston’s homeless.
- Greater Houston Community Foundation — Established by Mayor Sylvester Turner for the city
- Texas Southern University
Do you know other ways to contribute? Share below so that we can all give back the best way we can.