There’s a phrase we say in Texas. Texas Proud. But if you’re a Texan, you know it’s not just something we say. It’s a way of life.
Texans are a proud people. We do everything big and we think we’re the best at it. And when you live in a state as big as Texas, you think “your” Texas is the best. Your city, your sports team, your university … we are definitely Texas Proud and no one can tell us any different.
But there’s something else Texas is proud of and that’s family. And as Texans, that’s what we are. We may fuss and fight about Cowboys versus Texans or Mavericks versus Spurs, but when it comes down to it and there’s a crisis, there’s only one team. Team Texas.
Hurricane Harvey has done a lot of damage to our state. If you’ve seen the news, you’ve seen the devastation. Not just the flooding in Houston, but the tornadoes in Rockport, Port Aransas and the Corpus area, not to mention the damage to all the other communities that may not have been mentioned on the news. It’s just heartbreaking. People have lost their homes, their pets and in some cases, their lives. It’s just awful. After seeing so many of these stories, a feeling of helplessness starts to set in. You want to help but there’s so much to do. Where do you start? I’ll tell you!
Obviously you can donate money. And every little bit counts. Even if you can only donate $5 or $10, those funds add up! I’m a big fan of texting to donate. It’s easy and you don’t have to fill out any forms. You just text on your phone and they add it on your phone bill. To donate $10 to the American Red Cross, text HARVEY to 90999 or to donate to the Salvation Army, text STORM to 51555.
There are shelters for evacuees in both Forth Worth and Dallas and many of the people have nothing more than the clothes on their back. Trusted World is taking donations in Dallas. They need underwear and socks, non-perishable food items, toiletries, feminine hygiene products and baby products – specifically, diapers, wipes and formula. All of those donations need to be collected and sorted so they need volunteers to help with all of that as well. Check out their website for more information on dates, times and locations.
So many pets were lost or abandoned and are now without homes. And families that were able to save their pets may not be able to keep them while they’re being relocated. Donating to The SPCA of Texas will help them take care of these pets and find them foster homes or new homes, if needed.
And of course, prayer. Prayer is always needed, it works and it’s free. Pray for the weather to clear, the first responders, the volunteers and the families. And especially for the babies who are having to live through this confusion. I know this is hard for everyone involved but I can’t imagine having to explain to the little ones why they can’t go back to their homes and their friends and everything they know.
This is such a hard time for our state and we’ll need help for many months to come. This won’t be over anytime soon. So a week from now or a month from now when it’s not on the news every day, let’s keep Southeast Texas top of mind. It may not seem like it now, but we’ll come out on the other side of this stronger than ever. After all, we’re Texas Proud, y’all.