Like you, I have been glued to the news all week watching the news about Hurricane Harvey roll in. The media company I work for has a magazine in Houston, and every single one of its staffers were affected in some way. Plus, let’s be real: this storm could have easily hit Southwest Florida, and that thought is sobering—especially after a low-pressure system blew through here last weekend, dumped 10 inches of rain (a fifth of what was recorded in Houston) and everything flooded. Thinking about Sarasota being under six feet of water is terrifying. I am so, so sorry for the Houston residents who are dealing with all of this—at the hottest time of the year in this part of the country, on top of all of it. My heart hurts for them.
There are so many charities that can benefit from our help, but I thought I’d add my voice to the lists making the rounds on the Internet. So here we go—if you can find it in your heart to donate, I know the people of Houston would be forever grateful. (They’re wonderful, in my experience.)
Portlight is offering relief to people with disabilities.
The Greater Houston Black Chamber has established a fund to provide relief to black-owned business in the city.
Houston Humane Society gets no government assistance of any kind—it relies entirely on donations to fund its work.
The Houston SPCA (my heart breaks for all of the animals affected by this storm)
Convenant House is helping homeless kids displaced by the storm
Where else? I’d love to add to this list. Leave a comment and let me know.
Photo by Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times