Greetings and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #161!
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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
- In times like these, diapers are no luxury, but a necessity. Those who may usually use cloth diapers find themselves unable to properly wash them, which ensures that the services of the Texas Diaper Bank are in huge demand. Find out how you can contribute here.
- MercuryOne is a partnership of disaster relief organizations that are helping hurting Texans. And if you’re not in the area, you can make a financial contribution here.
- NOLA.com has curated a list of organizations recommended by local newspapers in the affected areas that are offering assistance and requesting both physical and financial donations.
- Even Airbnb is doing what they can, and have published a directory of hosts who are offering their spaces for free to those who need urgent accommodations.
- The DallasMomBlog not only published a listing of Dallas area organizations that are helping their neighbors to the south but some suggestions for getting kids involved in relief efforts as well.
- The HomeSchool Foundation, the charitable arm of HSLDA, has set up a donation page on their site. By donating to HSF’s Emergency Response Fund, you will help families replace destroyed curriculum and continue to homeschool, giving their children a sense of stability in a time of loss and uncertainty.
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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