As a Texan transplanted here in the state of Georgia, it’s hard to watch my home state go through so much pain and heartache. The thing is, the stereotypes are true. We Texans get a little into our heads about our state. But, Texas is so much more than just the state we live in. In actuality, it’s something we take great pride in. You may think I’m crazy. But, I definitely could be. Not only is it our home, our way of life, or our way of thinking. But, it’s a feeling. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s destruction, the definition of #TexasStrong had officially been taken to a whole other level.
Our Family Update
First off, I want to thank all our sweet friends that have been checking in. Thankfully, Rob and I’s families have not been affected too much by the storm. My family lives in North Texas and was not affected by the full force this storm had to offer. Meanwhile, Rob’s family was able to evacuate the Houston area before the storm hit. They are currently safe and riding it out with additional family until it is safe to return home. From what we have been told so far, Rob’s mother’s home south of Houston was safe from flood waters and any major damage. We are praising God and hoping that His protection over our families continues.
Unfortunately, there’s so many more people who were not so lucky. I can’t tell you how much my heart hurts daily seeing my Facebook timeline of old friends and their families scared, suffering, or lost. It almost feels insensitive to go on about breathtaking weddings, styled shoots, and vendor coffee dates when there are families and friends we know on Facebook saying they are without their own home.
Hurricane Harvey Relief | How and Where to Donate
It’s amazing to see the outpouring support this nation has when struck with tragedy. From trolling the waters to rescue the trapped, spreading much needed news, to the dozens of pop up fundraisers, people are being quick to take a stand. Meanwhile, I’ve been seeing a lot of posts of people (especially outside of Texas) asking how and where they can donate to the Hurricane Harvey relief effort. So, in attempt to help out in a way I know how, I decided to compose a blog post of some of the different organizations and fundraising ‘events’ out there to encourage you all to help in any way you can. If you are unable to donate at this time, I ask that you take the time to pray for the victims of this tragedy.
Make sure to also check out this NY Times article for more on where to donate to Hurricane Harvey victims (and how to avoid scams!)
Chances are, the American Red Cross is probably the organization that you immediately think of when it comes to disaster relief of any kind. Red Cross volunteers “work to deliver vital services – from providing relief and support to those in crisis, to helping you be prepared to respond in emergencies.”
- Click to donate on their website, here.
- Text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10.
- Click to donate on their website, here.
- Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or 1-800-725-2769 to donate over the phone.
- Text STORM to 51555 to donate.
I was surprised to find out that disaster relief funds do not provide diapers to toddlers and babies of families that have already lost so much. The Texas Diaper Bank provides access to diapers, incontinence supplies, and other goods through direct services and in partnership with other non-profit groups.
Donating water and non-perishable food items is a great way to help victims of this tragedy. With so many families displaced and having lost so much already, they shouldn’t have to worry about where they will be getting their next meal, too.
Creatives and Businesses Taking a Stand
I have always admired Emily Ley for her belief in cultivating what matters in life. With Texas being what matters right now to our great nation, she is offering a Texas Strong printable pack with 100% of proceeds being donated directly to the Texas Diaper Bank. Donations start at $20, and your printable pack will be automatically emailed to you after checkout. In under 12 hours, they’ve already surpassed their $10,000 fundraising goal!
Not that I needed another reason to shop at James Avery. But, until September 30th, 2017, James Avery is donating 100% of the proceeds from the sales of their silver Deep in the Heart of Texas Charm to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. I actually have this charm and LOVE it.
Aggieland Outfitters is one of those businesses in College Station, Texas that takes Aggie core values seriously. With service being a huge value we hold dear at Texas A&M University, they are taking the stand to help out in whatever ways they can. The Aggie spirit never ceases to truly amaze me.
- BTHO Harvey T-Shirt – Aggieland Outfitters is selling their $12 ‘BTHO Harvey’ t-shirts with 100% of the profits going to the American Red Cross. You can purchase a shirt, here.
- Donation Items Collection – In addition to their BTHO Harvey shirts, Aggieland Outfitters will also be collecting water bottles and non-perishable food items at their University Drive location in College Station, Texas starting on Wednesday, August 30th at 10:00 AM. They will deliver the items to the affected areas as soon as it is safe to do so.
Needless to say, Ruby’s Rubbish is the cutest t-shirt boutique, and it’s located in Collinsville, Texas. They are currently selling their hurricane relief tee for $20 with all proceeds from the sale going to Send Relief. Send Relief is an organization with the mission of Christ-centered relief efforts. Ruby’s Rubbish is also planning on donating thousands of tees to the victims.
Like Aggieland Outfitters, Southern Jewlz is also a staple in College Station, Texas. Needless to say, I spent plenty of Friday afternoons in there trying to pick out the cutest midnight yell and game day outfit. They are now taking pre-orders on a $24 Texas Strong Hurricane Tee in pink, mint, and maroon. So you know we’ll have to get all the colors now, right? All proceeds of the tees will be donated to the Hurricane Harvey relief.
Rachel Allene is a hand letterer and product shop owner based in California who has taught me a lot about what it means to run a heartfelt business and lean onto what truly matters in this hectic, crazy thing called life. So needless to say, it didn’t surprise me to see her jump up and take a stand with pledging to donate 100% of the proceeds from her $8 ‘And in the Morning…’ print to the hurricane relief efforts in Houston.
I can’t tell you how many tears I’ve cried this week thinking of all the fur babies that have gotten lost or left behind in the wake of this tragedy. Not only have I been squeezing Beaux a little tighter. But, I even got to the point of almost adopting a dog at an animal shelter that’s trying to clear their cages to take in pups from Texas. This is why I was so excited to see Brittany pledge to donate 100% of the proceeds from her sleeping dogs print to the Best Friends’ Disaster Relief Fund. Not only do they provide emergency assistance to animals in the wake of a disaster, but they are partnering with VetsPlusMore to help lost and found pets get reunited with their families.
- You can click to donate directly to the Best Friends’ Disaster Relief Fund, here.
Cami Monet is an extremely talented artist, and I have admired her work for quite some time now. (I especially love the custom pet portraits that she does!) As part of her new collegiate collection, she is donating 100% of the proceeds from her $15 Texas-Raised Print to Austin Pets Alive to aid in the Hurricane Harvey disaster relief. It makes me so happy to see artists like Cami and Brittany not forget them in all this.