Hurricane Harvey Update:
As most of you know, I am from Houston and have lived here majority of my life. While we are a city prone to flooding since we are so flat, I have never seen or experienced flooding of these levels. I live by one of the major bayous in town and have been through some flooding with the bayou over the past couple of years but the water has never gotten above our sidewalk. On Sunday morning we were six inches away from getting water in our home. The area I grew up in as a child has been also been under a mandatory evacuation due to the Brazos river cresting. It has been so scary watching all of these evacuations in places that never flood and seeing so many families have to leave their homes by boat or air rescue. I am so thankful that myself, Derek and our pups are safe and dry and know how lucky we are that we were spared. I have so many friends that have feet of water in their home.
With all the devastation going on in our city, I could not be more proud of my fellow Houstonians who are going out and doing all they can to help. From providing their boats to help evacuate people, to volunteering at shelters, people are stepping up everywhere to help out in this unreal storm. I could not be more thankful for our first responders, police, fire fighters, coast guard, National Guard and all the people who have come to help in Houston’s time of need. Houston is my city and I know we will rebuild and are strong. We have survived hurricanes before and will come back as a stronger community.
With all that being said, so many people are going to need help since their homes and cars have been destroyed. If you would like to donate to the relief efforts, I have complied a list of places that are accepting donations to help with everything that has happened during our Hurricane Harvey.
Donations for Hurricane Harvey Relief:
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund: Accepting tax-deductible donations. You can also mail a check to the Greater Houston Community Foundation at 5120 Woodway Drive, Suite 6000, Houston, TX 77056
The Houston Food Bank: So many people will need food and water after this storm and every $1 you give provides a full day of meals.
Feeding Texas: A network of food banks across the state.
Texas Diaper Bank: Diapers are one of the major needs at the shelters in Houston and the Texas Diaper bank is accepting donations which are providing emergency diaper kits to displaced families. A complete list of items needed by the Texas Diaper Bank can be found on their Amazon wish list.
JJ Watt fund for Houston Harvey relief: My favorite Texans player and Houston superstar, JJ Watt created a Fund for Houston Harvey relief. He himself has donated $100,000 and has already raised $29 million dollars since August 27. Donate here.
United Way Relief Fund: United Way’s first priority will be safety, shelter and basic needs, like food. Once the community is stabilized, United Way will focus on long-term recovery efforts. Donate here.
Salvation Army: The Salvation Army will remain in communities impacted by this terrible storm, supporting long-term disaster recovery efforts and providing ongoing assistance to those in need. Donate here.
Houston SPCA: The Houston SPCA is taking in pets displaced by the storm, pets displaced by the storm ― ones that got lost in the chaos, were left behind or simply need temporary housing while their owners stay in evacuation shelters. Donate here.
Tee Shirt/Jewelry Sales benefitting Hurricane Harvey
Magnolia Market: My favorite TV couple, Chip and Joanna Gaines from Fixer Upper, have a “Texas Forever” T-Shirt that all proceeds through September 30 will be donated Hurricane Harvey disaster relief efforts.
Live Love Gameday: Live Love Gameday has teamed up with Design Roots and the Red Cross to help the thousands of people whose lives have been devastated by Tropical Storm Harvey. 100% of the profits will be donated directly to the Red Cross®. This beautiful and delicate “Texas” T-Shirt was illustrated by Heather Bloem of Design Roots. Your donation will be effective immediately.
Josh Abbott Band: One of my favorite Texas Country bands, Josh Abbott Band, will donate all proceeds from their “My Texas” T-Shirt to accredited organizations helping in disaster recovery in Southern Texas.
Kristara Calligraphy: A local Houston friend of mine/calligrapher is selling “Houston Strong” T-Shirts for a limited time where 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Hurricane Harvey relief fund housed at The Greater Houston Community Foundation.
Paris Texas Appareal Co.: The Houston-based men’s clothing and accessories brand designed a shirt with the perfect sentiments in support of our city: “Come Hell or High Water.” The shirts entire proceeds will go to Hurricane Harvey relief funds.
Lilly Pulitzer: Lilly Pulitzer print studio created a 5×5 painting to show our love and support of Texas. We have taken this piece of art and created a Lilly Pulitzer Loves Texas Colie Top and all of the net proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross. Also available in gray.
Golden Thread Jewelry: A local Houston creative is donating 100 percent of proceeds from their Texas line to local shelters in Houston not supported by national charities. If you’re wanting to support local, this is your item.
Goldenstrand Jewelry: Another local Houston friend of mine is donating 20% of all proceeds from her whole shop through the end of September to JJ Watt’s Houston Harvey Relief fund.
Thank you to everyone who has reached out to check on me and for all of your prayers and concern. Please continue to keep Houston and the Gulf Coast in your thoughts and prayers.
Coldplay was suppose to have a show in Houston on Friday evening, which they had to cancel. They created a song just for Houston and sang it in one of their shows this weekend.
*Picture from Carrie at Wear + Where + Well.