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Coffee and Conversation #161 – Helping Hurricane Harvey victims

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No one is suffering more than the residents of Texas, reeling from Hurricane Harvey. So while it may be sorely tempting to turn off the news, change the station on the radio, stop scrolling through disaster pictures on the internet, and focus on our own small lives, let's be of help, shall we?

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Are you feeling heartbroken and a little helpless this week from the news, too?

In light of the recent storms that have pummeled Texas, I set aside this week’s previously-scheduled topic to talk about how we can help the thousands of families in need in that great State.

Although I don’t have any family (that I know of) there, I do have family friends and blogger buddies that I have “met” over the years. Most, I’m happy to say, are safe, although perhaps quite wet and more than a bit worried.

I think we can all agree that Hurricane Harvey has certainly given us a raw and real view of the terrific damage that severe wind and rain can bring. It is truly heartbreaking to see people from just a few months to many years old sogging wet and waiting for rescue. The shelters that have been set up are of temporary help and do thankfully meet an immediate need. But seeing the despair in so many faces, and knowing that they still have “a long row to hoe” is an intensely painful scene to behold.

Yet no one is suffering more than the residents of Texas. So while it may be sorely tempting to turn off the news, change the station on the radio, stop scrolling through disaster pictures on the internet, and focus on our own small lives, let’s be of help, shall we?

After doing a bit of research, here are some…

Practical ways to help our neighbors and friends in Texas

If you know of any other ways out-of-towners can get involved and offer assistance we’d all appreciate you sharing them in the comments… And please be praying for the hearts and lives of those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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20 Responses to Coffee and Conversation #161 – Helping Hurricane Harvey victims

  1. Journa Ramirez August 31, 2017 at 6:05 am #

    Thanks for the party and hope you have a great week! http://www.lollyjane.com

  2. Roseann Hampton August 30, 2017 at 8:25 pm #

    Thanks for spreading the news! Prayers are needed and will be needed for a long time! I live a little north of Houston and although I didn’t have water in my house all of the surrounding areas have been devastated! One way people can help is through the Montgomery County Food Bank. They provide food on a regular basis to low income families in our area. During times like these they take large 18-wheeled trucks out to the locations that have suffered. If anyone would like to donate here is the link to their website http://mcfoodbank.org/
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    • Pat August 30, 2017 at 9:22 pm #

      Thanks, Roseann! Grateful that you’re ok…praying God continues to lead you to help your neighbors however you can!! {{hugs}}

  3. Marilyn Lesniak August 30, 2017 at 6:51 pm #

    Thank you for hosting again! It is so much fun to see all the links. Have a great week!

  4. Char August 30, 2017 at 4:01 pm #

    This is a great idea to share with us the opportunities to help those in need. Thanks!!!

  5. Beth August 30, 2017 at 1:49 pm #

    So practical and compassionate, Pat! I love the ideas you’ve suggested and will pass these along to the leaders of my church who are trying to organize an effort to help those affected by the hurricane. Such a scary thing to be living through, so my prayers are with these weary and beaten-down people as well.

    • Pat August 30, 2017 at 9:21 pm #

      Thanks, Beth. I’ll keep adding to them as I find more. I keep seeing them in my feeds… Such need is overwhelming. Grateful God is bigger still!

  6. Elizabeth Bigley August 30, 2017 at 12:14 pm #

    Thanks for putting this information out there. I too live in southeast Texas. Our home was not damaged, but we were stuck there for a couple days. We were fortunate, had plenty of food and our own well for water. We amazingly only lost power for a few minutes. We have family and friends though, further south that are not so lucky. My sister-in-law is still stranded, and cannot get back into her neighborhood to even assess the damage. My former college roommate and her husband live in Rockport, which took a direct hit. We Texans are strong, and just a little proud 😉 We’ll get through it, but we sure do appreciate everyone’s help and prayers!

    • Pat August 30, 2017 at 12:50 pm #

      Wow, how very fortunate! I’ve seen pictures of Rockport…pretty devastating. Hope your sister-in-law is ok, too. I know y’all will get through it, but we’re all here to help each other <3
      Thanks for your update, Elizabeth! Praying...

  7. Patrick Weseman August 30, 2017 at 10:54 am #

    Thanks for the information. I will use it. My prayers go out to the population of Houston and the surrounding areas.

    Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful rest of the week.
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  8. Sue Donaldson August 30, 2017 at 10:15 am #

    Thanks for sharing this, Pat. And for Shannon and Helen’s info as well. We are better together and never more together than when in crisis.
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    • Pat August 30, 2017 at 10:53 am #

      I agree, Sue. So grateful when people share here. I’d appreciate any social sharing you could give to this post, too. I know it’s not much, but hoping that getting this info out can be of some help. Of course it was great to get some ideas from Shannon, too, as she’s on the ground there…
      Have a great week, friend!
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  9. Shannon August 30, 2017 at 8:14 am #

    Hi Pat,
    Thanks for sharing about how to help out in the flooding aftermath. I live in a southern suburb of Houston and the destruction is unbelievable. My family is safe and dry, but I feel like we are among the few who can say this.
    I would encourage your readers to make financial donations to trusted organizations (even if they can only give a small amount).
    Many shelters have been overcome with the donations of physical goods (clothes, canned foods, bottled water, etc.). Some shelters still have specific needs (like diapers, formula, plus size clothes, etc.), but most don’t have room for any more donations (they are full of people, so storage space isn’t available). In fact, we’re watching the news right now and the Red Cross is asking people NOT to bring clothes to the shelters because they are being overtaken by piles of clothes!
    However, the recovery process here is going to take a long, long time and needs are going to change over time. Trusted organizations can often do a lot of good with small financial donations (think economies of scale). They can make sure current needs are being met and that nothing gets wasted (as often happens with clothes, household items, etc.) that are donated after disasters.
    Thanks again for sharing this info, Pat. We could also use everyone’s prayers!
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    • Michele Morin August 30, 2017 at 8:33 am #

      So good to know all this, Shannon. Thanks for chiming in here.
      It’s so good to be part of a group like this because we can feel detached from crises like this by distance and just the busyness of life.
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    • Pat August 30, 2017 at 9:59 am #

      Shannon, thank you SO much for adding your thoughts. So very glad to hear you and yours are ok, but I’m sure that comes with mixed emotions, too.
      At any rate, I also especially appreciate your ideas, coming from someone who’s there!
      I’m hoping that folks take your words to heart…and please know that your friends, neighbors, and the residents of Texas will also be in our prayers and hearts for many months to come <3 <3
      Please keep in touch and let us know how y'all are doing!!
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  10. Helen Reynolds August 30, 2017 at 1:09 am #

    Thanks Pat for promoting helping the people in Texas! The LDS Church has been sending water, hygene kits, and other relief into the flooded areas. If people wish to donate you can contact a local Bishop or go online to their website.
    https://www.lds.org/topics/humanitarian-service/help?lang=eng&old=true#aid_fund Thanks for the list you shared!

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