How to Help Houston (and other areas hit by Harvey)
There’s much in the news these days that can be avoided. Inexcusable acts of terror, hatred, bigotry and ignorance that should make us all ashamed. We can do better, be better. Simply staying silent, in quiet contempt is not enough. Turning off the news, passing by the papers, scrolling through saturation… we are responsible. But what happens when we’re not? When it’s unavoidable? We still must act. We’re once again called on to help our community in crisis.
The devastation from Hurricane Harvey is unfortunately not new. Over the years, we’ve witnessed Katrina and Sandy serve up similar destruction and we know from those disasters that these types of things take years to recover from, if ever. So while it may seem like a trendy thing to talk about, everyone offering up a blanket and benign “my thoughts and prayers”, “text to donate”, etc., the truth is, there can’t be enough outreach. It’s a bandwagon I’ll happily hop on if it means one more person helps. Below, some of my favorite ways to support those suffering in Texas and beyond…
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'” -Fred Rogers
What are you doing to help? How are you talking to and involving your kids in the relief effort? Do you have a favorite place to donate? Let me know and I’ll update the post!Praying by Kesha What About Us by Pink Logic Issues by Sarah Bareilles Ed Sheeran Taylor Swift Coldplay U2 John Lennon James Blunt Alanis Morrisette Sinead O’Connor Cyndi Lauper Madonna Katy Perry India Arie