As a native Houstonian, with many family members and friends still living there, I've been on edge the past few days as Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey meandered along the Texas Gulf Coast, dumping more rain than I could have ever imagined. My heart aches for those who have lost their homes or loved ones, but swells with gratitude at stories of everyday heroes and the unselfishness of so many reaching out to help.
There are many organizations in Austin who are currently gathering donations, and Keller Williams Realty is one of them. We are loading a truck with hopes to drive it to Houston on Friday... or as soon as the roads are clear enough to get there.
If you would like to make a monetary donation, please go to KW Relief. If you have any of the items in the list below, please drop them off at the Keller Williams Realty office at 12515-8 Research Blvd.
Here's what is needed...
- Wheel Barrels
- Large black trashbags
- Gloves for outdoor use
- Paper towels
- Toilet paper
- Paper plates
- Plastic utensils
- Rubber gloves
- Water testing kits
- Pet food….dog and cat
- Rubber boots - Walmart + Academy
- 1st aid kits
- Batteries - ALL sizes
- Toothbrush/tooth paste
- Socks for men and women and children (new please)
- Underwear men/women/children (new please)
- Bottled water
- Ice & Styrofoam Coolers
But there are so many other ways to help. Check these websites for more ideas. I'll add to it as I come upon more, at the risk of duplication. Some of these offer several ideas.
The Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group
Beachside Billy's Benefit Weekend
Boy Scouts of America - Harvey Relief Ideas
The Austinot is compiling a list, as well. Many Austin restaurants and businesses are donating proceeds to Harvey relief. Check this link to get more ideas...