How to Help Houston When You Don’t Have a Boat

As I know you’ve seen on the news and the internet and Facebook, all the flooding and everything associated with it down in Houston is absolutely heartbreaking – and it’s not even finished yet. My sister and her family just moved up to Dallas from Houston a few weeks ago, thankfully, and I’m so glad they’re up here. But they are hearing from friends and people they know down there and it’s just really really sad. And I want to help all of them!

But I don’t have a boat.

Or really the skills that I feel are needed for something like this.

Or celebrity-level money to donate.

But I do want to help out in the small way that I can (because the small things can really add up). So I’ve been searching the internet for ways that I can help and I wanted to share them with you, in case you wanted to help out in a small but meaningful way, too.

  1. Buy this shirt. Magnolia is donating 100% of profits from the sale of this shirt to Harvey disaster relief.
  2. Sponsor a family in need. I saw this on the Sugar & Cloth blog and they will match you with a family and share specifically what they need.
  3. Donate money. There are so many organizations you can donate to, this is just one (set up by JJ Watt- I’m sure you’ve already seen his videos on your Facebook feed).

  4. Offer a room in your home. Airbnb is waiving fees for listing a room or your entire home to evacuees. The people in need are also able to use these at no cost, which is awesome.
  5. Buy more shirts… soon. This Texas company donated 100% of its profits for a day and raised a lot of money! They said they’ll be doing another fundraiser in the near future, so I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for that.
  6. Foster an animal. Dallas is getting a lot of animals from the gulf coast that need temporary homes while they can’t be with their owners for the time being.
  7. Go out to eat. This is another one for Dallas locals, but this is a list of restaurants in the area that will be donating profits and collecting donations to take down to Houston.

It doesn’t seem like much, I know, but I’m excited to help in any way that I can. I can’t even fathom what these people are going through and what it would be like, and I know that every little bit can help.

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