It happened. It happened here in my home state of Texas. Hurricane Harvey made one heck of a spin throughout the Texas coast, rocked and misplaced so many people from their homes, jobs and loved ones. To be honest, it took me a few days after Hurricane Harvey came and left to realize how much the aftershock of the devastation that the storm left behind not only to those directly affected but to well…All of us who remained safe but watched from home.
I saw so many photos of news headlines highlighting the obvious of what real people were actually dealing with at every second that passed by in the days. So many still photos of people walking through knee-high, waist-high waters that flooded them out of their homes. No sounds, no smells and no feels of what it really feels like to be living all of that right now. I think that’s a big thing that has majorly desensitized me when it comes to considering the lives of others and how I treat my own precious life that has truly been gifted to me. I can choose to “see” it through my computer screen, my phone and television. Picture and video are instantly available to me and just like that, I can turn it off and switch to something else. Easy.
On Tuesday evening, I sat down with my hubby and told him how much the photos and stories of all of these people from not just Texas but around the country, have MOVED me. I can’t express it enough in words how grateful I am to be a native of a state that is so great, that rescues and recovery of those who need it most happen instantly. I mean, everyone was READY to travel to the devastated areas to have hot meals ready, delivering clean clothes and providing shelter to all of those who were displaced. Am I bragging a little? Maybe. But I can only be so proud of everyone who has shown Hurricane Harvey survivors unconditional love and support through this awkwardly tough time that they may be experiencing. I have never had to endure such troubles, but I don’t have to “go through” the same struggles to know the right thing to do and then, actually DO the right thing.
Which is why I’m here with a new blog post today. I didn’t know where to start or where I wanted my donations to go to (which organizations). I just know that I want to help and that I’ll gather as many of my friends and acquaintances together to support and help if they are able to as well. I am pledging to donate $10 to the Texas Diaper Bank. The Texas Diaper Bank is in desperate need of diapers of all sizes as disaster relief services do not necessarily provide diapers for babies. I think of it this way, I want to concentrate my cause towards something specific and what better way to relate as a new mom than to help as much as I can for all the babies that would love a clean and dry diaper to wear. Not to mention for parents, diapers aren’t the least expensive necessity for kiddos but they certainly are NEEDED! There are tons of companies like H-E-B and local food banks that are providing food and clean water for everyone who needs it, so let me focus my cause on specifically, diapers! Will you join me?
Donate $10 to the Texas Diaper Bank or The American Red Cross (specifically for Hurricane Harvey Relief) and my son, Heru and I will make handmade cards of cheer and encouragement for each donation made to children who have been affected by the hurricane. We will also donate loveys (small stuffed animals) and/or handpicked books from Half Priced Books. Once all of your donations have been made, we will round up all of the gifts and send them to schools, churches and daycare centers in Houston and Rockport, TX. Let’s get smiling faces on the kiddos who definitely need a pick me up!
Here are two helpful links to donate to the Texas Diaper Bank:
Either way, if you are here please make any kind of donation that you can!
Here are also some of local Austinite restaurants and food companies who are helping contribute to helping all of those who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey.
- Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar is donating proceeds from their sales on Thursday, August 31.
- Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden is donating proceeds from their sales on Saturday, September 2.
- Black Star Co-Op is donating $1 per each purchase of a house beer to the American Red Cross THROUGH September 3.
- Poke Poke is donating a percentage of proceeds for every purchase made
- Cane Rosso is selling (maximum 400 tickets) $50 raffle tickets for a chance to win a year’s worth of one free pizza per week.
- Russian House of Austin is donating a pretty big chunk of sales for the week to the Red Cross.
- Mum’s Food is donating a percentage of their food sales to the Red Cross and the Houston Food Bank on September 2 and 3.
- Alamo Drafthouse is donating a percentage of their ticket sales on September 3 towards hurricane relief efforts.
- Pinthouse Pizza is hosting an awesome fundraiser on Tuesday September 5, click on the link to find out more.
- And a small business shout out to the sweet woman whom I’ll be ordering a cake from in the future, Go Sweets is offering an order of a dozen cupcakes for $25 (100% of proceeds will go to JJ Watts Houston Flood Relief Fund)