10 Ways Dallas Can Help Houston #TexasStrong

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Happy Labor Day my loves! Sorry I’ve been MIA since June. I started a new job and 100% of my focus has shifted to learning how to succeed in sales. More to come later this year! After the devastation from Hurricane Harvey was revealed, I felt it was my duty as a blogger to get a message out about how people in Dallas can help. 

Our hearts sank last week whenever category 4 hurricane Harvey hit our beloved Houston. Images and videos of the devastation continue to pour in as our state has come together to pick up the pieces. While a natural disaster is never easy, members of communities all around didn’t hesitate in helping each other out. During a time of scary and sometimes violent disagreements, radical racism and political madness, it seems most people were able to put their opinions aside as we were forced to come together and get through this as One.

We have just begun our recovery efforts, and we have a long ways to go. If you haven’t found the right avenue to volunteer with or donate to, I hope to provide several options to suit any of your philanthropic desires. Houston needs us for months to come. I decided to donate money because right now I have barely enough time to wash my hair, so I simply encourage ya’ll to just do what you can.

Not into people? Help the dogs! Not into giving away money? Volunteer! Wish you had a full understanding of where your donation was going? Give supplies instead of money. Honestly, there’s something for everyone and it’s important that in times of need, we ALL step up to the plate and contribute. Every effort counts.

*Spread the news about how to give back by hashtagging all social media posts: #TexasStrong #TexansHelpingTexans #HoustonStrong #HarveyRelief

1. Give a helping hand and volunteer with Trusted World. To sign up, click here.

Trusted World has set-up a temporary collection site to help provide relief for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Volunteers are needed to help sort, collect and ship donations.

Collection site: 3000 W. Kingsley Rd, Garland, TX 75041

2. Donate supplies needed:

Supplies are needed for Dallas locations that are housing evacuees, including recreation centers. Drop off items at a donation center at 3000 W. Kingsley Road, Garland, Texas, 75041 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The center is operated by Trusted World, which is working with the city and several disaster relief agencies.

Check the Trusted World Facebook page and the city’s 211 phone line for the latest information.

The Most Current List of Needs from the Shelters:

  • New underwear and socks (all sizes)
  • Non-Perishable food
  • Toiletries
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Baby diapers, wipes and formula
  • We also need moving boxes.

*We cannot accept items via mail at this time.

You can sign up to volunteer online and get the latest information at https://trustedworld.org/hurricane-harvey-volunteers/

3. Be on NBC’s THE TODAY SHOW (and bring a donation):

The Today Show will broadcast live from United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, 1800 N. Lamar St.,  on Tuesday, Sept. 5 to collect donations for hurricane relief. Dallas residents are asked to bring donations to the United Way between 5:30 to 9 a.m. Approved items include:

  • Toiletries
  • New underwear and socks
  • New bedding
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Nonperishable foods
  • Bottled water
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • School supplies

4. Donate Money

If you’re like me and have a hard time finding time (no pun intended), donate to the American Red Cross. If you want to know where the money goes, click here to read more about how .91 of every dollar directly goes to humanitarian efforts.   

5. Work up a sweat

I’m SUPER bummed I’ll be out of town for this one. The Bomb Factory and Session | Pilates will come together to host a 75 minute dynamic mat pilates class benefiting The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

Deets:

The tragedy that has befallen and continues to cause unrest to our fellow Texans has resonated with all of us. Not only have the recent events hit home as Texans but one of our team members family have lost their home to Hurricane Harvey. So join us Saturday September 9th as we move our studio to The Bomb Factory and gather with our closest friends to sweat and heal together as well as contribute to the healing of Hurricane Harvey.

Class Format: 75 minute mat pilates class lead by Brittany Grignon & Bethany Meyers

What You Need To Bring: Yoga mat

What’s Provided: Bottle water and snacks

Extras: Will have a donation drop off for relief items needed: moving boxes, diapers, baby wipes, toiletries, feminine hygiene products, and nonperishable food including baby formula. The only clothing items that are needed at this time are packs of underwear and socks.

6.Eat your way to relief

Thanks to Eater Dallas for providing a large collective list of Dallas restaurants that are giving profits back to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Deets:

Not content to just sit by and watch as Houston is ravaged by flood waters after Hurricane Harvey, Dallas restaurants are springing into action to raise money for people affected by the storms. 

Eater is keeping a running list of restaurants, bars, and other food businesses that are raising cash or collecting donations for flood victims. For folks who want to help but aren’t sure where to start, use this list as a guide. As an added bonus, many of these restaurants are offering perks to generous donors.

7. Send relief via Favor Delivery app

I use Favor all the time to deliver lunch at the office or food on the weekends when I’m feeling too lazy to get in the car and drive somewhere. My favorite food delivery app has stepped up to the plate and is allowing users to send supplies to Texans in need with free deliveries.

Another recent feature added: “We’ll donate $1 to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts every time you order from these restaurants.” In app – click to view restaurants at top of feed.

New to Favor? Get $5 off your first order with code MARYR89

8. Get fashionable with a CUTE Texas t-shirt

Live Love Gameday® has teamed up with Design Roots™ and the Red Cross® to help the thousands of people whose lives have been devastated by Tropical Storm Harvey. 100% of the profits will be donated directly to the Red Cross®. This beautiful and delicate “Texas” design was illustrated by Heather Bloem of Design Roots™. Your donation will be effective immediately; this tee will ship in 1-2 weeks from order date.

9. Donate to the fur babies

SPCA of Texas/Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center – This Dallas-based animal shelter has created an Amazon wish list to reflect their needs — from cat litter to dog treats — as they help the pets of evacuees.

“The SPCA of Texas is working hard to help the evacuees’ pets coming to North Texas,” the Texas animal rescue wrote in a Facebook post. “The support we’ve felt from everyone across the country has been truly incredible! You all have donated hundreds if not thousands of items to help the evacuated pets in our care.”

10. Help our sweet human babies

By donating to the Texas Diaper Bank.

“Please consider purchasing items off of our wishlist to send to those that are being effected by Hurricane Harvey,” the charity wrote in a Facebook post. “Every diaper and every wipe counts.” A complete list of items needed by the Texas Diaper Bank can be found on their Amazon wish list.

If you have any ideas to add to this list, comment below and I will add the information!

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  1. I texted my family in Dallas to ask if they were affected at all. Luckily Texas is so large that they hadn’t seen anything, but it’s still terrible what’s happening in Houston. I’ve heard of Favor lately but definitely want to try it now if they’re donating proceeds to the relief fund.
    Hoping for a swift recovery in Houston and a safe bracing of Irma in Florida.

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