In lieu of a post about creative resistance, here instead is a small list of ways to help people in Texas if you feel as helpless as I do. I’m on the west coast and can’t physically lend a hand or give food or shelter, but I know giving money is the fastest and most reliable way to make sure resources get where they need to go. Here are a few ways to help.
- Donate money and/or blood to the American Red Cross. There are many ways they can help.
- The ladies at the Pantsuit Politics podcast are matching all donations to the Red Cross up to $500* for Hurricane Harvey relief. Just email them your receipt (sarah@pantsuitpoliticsshow and/or beth@pantsuitpoliticsshow) or post a screenshot in the comments on their Facebook or Instagram post.
Other places to give:
- Americares and Direct Relief provide emergency response, first aid, emergency kits, and more to people affected by poverty and disaster.
- If you are in Texas, you can give to your local food bank.
- You can also help animals affected by the disaster by donating to The Humane Society, the Houston Humane Society, or the Houston SPCA. If you’re thinking about adopting a pet, shelters expect an influx of animals admitted as a result of the hurricane. Consider adopting a displaced pet.
There are many places and ways to give. The above are charities are verified and rated highly with the BBB for their efficiency and efficacy.
There may not be much we can do against a natural disaster such as this, but if we all do a little, the relief will be great.
*Update: Pantsuit Politics has increased the cap on their matching to $1000.