How You Can Support People Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

In support of my readers and fellow personal finance bloggers in TX, I’m deviating a bit from my standard topics.

As folks who are responsible with money, we have an incredible opportunity to help those in need. We often think about spending and saving for ourselves, or donating money to charities and causes that we care about. In times of crisis, the need becomes much more real.

Even if you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve undoubtedly seen and heard of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, particularly in Houston and other areas of Southeast Texas. The damage is unprecedented; the pictures and videos show the extent of the flooding and damage.

Millions of people displaced or effected by floods, hundreds of thousands without power, several lives lost, and what’s estimated to be the more expensive property damage by a natural disaster in the US to date. People’s homes are under water, and their personal possessions destroyed.

My Facebook news feed is riddled with people who live in Texas posting updates on their homes, their pets, and their neighborhoods. The people that I know personally are safe, but that’s not the case for everyone. They could use all the help they can get.

If you’re in a position to help financially, but don’t know where to start, there are several ways you can donate your time, money, or other resources to those in need. I encourage you to take the time to read this article that NBC News has compiled and act how you see fit.

If there are any other ways that you know of to help people (and pets) impacted by Harvey, please post in the comments. They could use all the help they can get.

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4 Comments

  1. Hey y’all! Texas blogger here. 🙂 I just wanted to note that other areas of Texas were also incredibly devastated by Harvey. The cities of Rockport, Portland, and Port Aransas in particular were nearly leveled. They are without power and water right now, and many have lost their homes. Please keep the coastal region in your thoughts as well as Houston, and donate to both if you have the means.

    1. Thanks for adding that Mrs PP. I pointed out Houston specifically because it’s the largest city in the area, and my boy JJ Watt who was a few years behind me at my high school is there too. 🙂

      If you know of any ways to specifically help those cities through donations and the like, please feel free to share. I’ll try to do some research today also. Thanks, and stay safe and dry down there.

    1. 100% okay, thanks for adding it.

      I know at least one of my friends on Facebook had his dog down in TX when he was visiting up here, but thankfully the dog was fine. The animal shelter, though, was 100% tapped out on resources. A sobering reminder that people aren’t the only ones impacted by this storm.

      Thanks for sharing

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