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Hurricane Harvey — How to Help

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Folks, I, like many of you, am very worried about the people displaced by Hurricane Harvey. Houston is the fourth-largest city in the United States, and it’s safe to say that Houston will never be the same again after the devastation Harvey left in its wake.

While most of us are not doing that well financially — at least, from what I know of the people who regularly read this blog — somehow, we have to be willing to help our fellow man in this time of need.

And the need is overwhelming. Over thirty thousand people have been displaced by Harvey, and more certainly are on the way. Some houses will be flooded for weeks, if not months, and thus will be uninhabitable for a long time, perhaps needing to be bulldozed down the line…the need for food, medicine, diapers (both for babies and adults), clothes, and rebuilding the infrastructure of Houston and its environs is going to take a massive effort.

But you can help. And I sincerely hope you will.

First, don’t forget the blood bank. If you are healthy enough to donate blood, go do it. There’s a crying need for that, most especially because of the fact that many blood banks in the Gulf Coast can’t open because of the severity of the flooding.

Second, there’s the American Red Cross. They are the first line of defense for those displaced, and will be in need of many, many donations.

Third, don’t forget food banks. If you live in the Gulf Coast, there are relief efforts being organized all over the place, but even the rest of us can do something. Give food now, wherever you are, and help those in need in your local areas. If we help our local areas now, they may be able to send some of the excess — providing we can flood them with donations — to the blighted areas.

Fourth, the Houston Chronicle has set up a list of places that are accepting donations. Please check this list out, and help if you are able.

This is the time where we all must step up and decide what kind of people we wish to be. Do we wish to be helpful? Or do we wish to be ignorant, callous fools who think these storms have nothing to do with us at all, so we should do absolutely nothing?

I’m here to tell you that as someone who’s lived through a minor flood, they are nothing to mess around with. And this is a major, five-hundred-year flood, much worse than what I dealt with; I only had to deal with property damage and some inconvenience, rather than the horrors that those in the Gulf are dealing with right now.

So the time is now.

Help in every way you can, locally and otherwise. Step up now, and show what kind of person you are. Be of use. Refuse to turn your back.

That’s the best way to support the people hurt by Harvey. And it’s the best way to live overall.

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Written by Barb Caffrey

August 30, 2017 at 5:09 pm

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  1. Thanks for this post! 😀

    Nicolle

    September 2, 2017 at 12:50 am

    • You’re welcome. They’re starting to do better there, but they will need help for months.

      Barb Caffrey

      September 3, 2017 at 4:52 pm

      • Yes, I’d think so; this isn’t something that one could bounce back from very easily. 😶

        Nicolle

        September 4, 2017 at 6:29 am


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