If You Want to Help Houston, Look for Smaller Relief Organizations

Everyone, everywhere has by now been made aware of the massive destruction Hurricane Harvey has inflicted on the people of Houston, Texas. The internet itself has become flooded with heart-wrenching images of people grabbing what personal items they can to make it out of toxic waters and board any type of floatation device that will bring them safely to dry land.



The recent photo of a group of elderly people trapped in a nursing home waiting for rescue with water up to their shoulders hits close to anyone with a relative in elderly care, and the canoes filled with helpless pets that were either left or lost isn’t something anyone who couldn’t make it through the ending of Marley and Me would want to see.

It’s bad, real bad. So how can we help?

Well, we can stop making others feel bad for not helping.

There always seems to be that person who wants to be Facebooks philanthropist of the year, making outrageous claims of the global absence of empathy, and while they might hit on some factual points, they tend to disregard those who are doing their best to help. We have people who comment under celebrities’ social media posts claiming they didn’t donate enough, while they themselves have only scrutinized those trying to help instead of actually helping.

So what if you can’t fly a private jet down filled with lifejackets and non-perishables?That’s ok — not one person is going to fix this. But now is a vital time to realize all you have to do is worry about how you can do your part.


Most people also can’t physically be present to help the relief effort, so you’ve most likely thought a donation to the American Red Cross or FEMA would be the best move. Without going  too deep into a rabbit hole of conspiracy theories on these organizations, I’ll say that enough fishy stuff has occurred under the guise of help. Take the Haiti crisis for example:

The Red Cross says it has provided homes to more than 130,000 people. But the actual number of permanent homes the group has built in all of Haiti: six.

Am I saying these organizations may have found ways to manipulate the sympathy of the masses for greater financial gain? I’ll let you do your research and decide. However, what I am saying is that it couldn’t hurt to look into some smaller relief effort organizations to contribute to, ones you may feel confident that every penny of your dollar is being put towards helping those who desperately need it.


Inside peek at the Houston Food Bank

Here is the contact information for some local food banks in the Texas area where one hundred percent of profits are put towards those in need. If you want to give, be smart about it. Do your research and make sure that your efforts are going to touch individual people who have been devastated by yet another natural disaster in the United States.

Houston Food Bank

Galveston Food Bank

Food Bank of the Golden Crescent (Victoria)
Closed Friday

Food Bank of the Golden Crescent (Victoria)
Closed Friday

Corpus Christi Food Bank

Southeast Texas Food Bank (Beaumont)

Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley (Pharr)

Brazos Valley Food Bank (Bryan)

Central Texas Food Bank (Austin)

San Antonio Food Bank

For more information on all of these food banks head to feedingtexas.org.

Do your research. Contact the organizations or food banks you’re donating to, inquire about your curiosities of the integrity of the one you choose. A little initiative never hurt, and it’ll be much more comforting knowing your dollar is in the right place. All love.

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