*This post was updated 8/29 1:11 with additional links from downingtown ex-pat and villager E.H. who is now living in Houston and gave a few additional grassroots links.*
It Takes a Village is dedicated to bringing our community ways to give back and to truly ‘Be the Village’ to those in need. Right now Texas needs our help. The devastation from Hurricane Harvey is still ongoing as the storm dumps over 50+ inches of rain on the area. It can be very hard to know how to help in times like these…it’s far away, you’re not sure who to trust, you’re not sure what they need…we get it. So we here at the Village have curated a list of ‘grassroots giving’ options to make it easier for you to work your magic and give of whatever resources you have to assist our fellow neighbors in Texas.
During times of crisis, money is the easiest, fastest and best way to assist. Financial assistance allows the organizations on the ground to purchase what they need as things change moment-to-moment. It also helps them continue to assist after the storm is over…because this crisis is going to last for weeks and months. Here are a list of organizations who are local and actually doing the good work on the ground, click the links to donate directly at their websites:Dickinson Independent School District – was in the direct path of the flood and is collecting donations that will go 100% toward its students in need
Texas Diaper Bank – provides diapers to families in need
Texas Food Banks – click this link to see a list of local food banks distributing food during the crisis
Austin Disaster Relief Network – is a group of churches helping the effort. You can donate directly to them OR to their newly set up relief fund.
The SPCA of Texas and the Austin Pets Alive! are both on the front lines of animal assistance
The Houston Coalition for Homeless is not only helping the homeless now, but those who will be homeless after this devastating flood.
Trusted World is operating three emergency shelters and can use all the help they can get.
A fellow Villager (and Downingtown ex-pat living in Houston) is collecting for the teachers at their daycare, who lost everything. If you’re looking for a sincerely personal way to help, it’s here.
You can also help a local-to-downingtown family who lost their rented home in the flood (and it was also looted) as they try to rebuild their life back here in Downingtown, here.
If you’d prefer to send actual goods to the area. You can ship ‘wish list’ items to emergency shelters via AmazonSmile* OR donate to one of several local areas collecting donations to ship to Texas. However, keep in mind that the mail and shipping routes are severely disrupted and your donations may not make it there quickly, or easily. If in doubt, go the money route.
*We weren’t going to share this until next month, but ITAV is an AmazonSmile participant, you can select us as your beneficiary by clicking here.Gathered Birth in Media, PA are collecting donations of onesies, new underwear + socks, feminine hygiene products, toothbrushes + toothpaste that they will ship to Texas. You can drop off OR ship there via Amazon. If you’re dropping off in person, hours are: Tues 9a-4p, Weds 9a-2p, Fri 12p-4p. Shipping address is:
11 S. Olive Street, 3rd Fl
Media, PA 19063On Tuesday evening September 5 at 6 pm there will be a 53 ft trailer at North Penn HS to accept donations for Texas. Water, diapers, (baby and adult), formula, baby wipes, feminine products, deodorant, toothbrushes/toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoo/conditioner, washcloths, hairbrushes/combs, blankets, towels, kitty litter, batteries, flashlights, kids shoes/clothes, toys including coloring books n crayons.
Feeding Texas is working with local food banks to distribute food and cleaning supplies, specifically bleach & paper towels. Click this link for a long list of food banks & website links – search for shipping addresses there based on location.The Texas Diaper Bank is seeking diaper donations. You can mail them to 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, Texas 78238.
Hope Family Thrift Store is accepting donations of toiletries, inflatable mattresses, undergarments, and cleaning tools at address 1122 East 51st Street Austin, Texas 78723.
- Prayer & Share
Sometimes we’re not always in a position to give of our money or resources, but you don’t need either to make a difference. You can share this web page, our group and our Facebook page with your friends, family and neighbors. Get the word out on what it means to ‘Be the Village’ and bring others the opportunity to help. Prayers are also always welcome anytime anyone is in need. Add the Texas citizens to your daily thoughts but also pray for the relief workers and emergency responders as they tirelessly make a difference in the lives of others.
If you know of more ways to help Texas on the ground, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disclaimer: It Takes A Village has not personally fact checked these organizations but offers them as alternatives to larger national organizations. Please give at your own risk.