Texas Needs Your Help, Y’all! – Harvey Relief
My heart breaks for the victims of Harvey, and this one hits close to home. While I’m safe and sound in North Texas, many of my fellow Texans are hurting, hungry, and desperately need assistance. I have never done this before, but I feel led to do anything I can to help. So this is my plea to the Shake Up Learning followers to help the those affected by Harvey.
How You Can Help
If you are a believer like myself, your prayers are needed. I don’t think it is any coincidence that I have connected with some many Christian educators. Prayer warriors unite!
Programs to Help Schools and Classrooms
TCEA Adopt a Classroom – If you are an educator in need of supplies for your classroom that was damaged by the storm, all you have to do is complete this short form outlining what you are lacking. Be as specific as possible, even including photos or brands of the items that you need. We will then match you with a generous donor who will purchase the items and ship them to you, all at no cost to you. (You can learn of other assistance that is available to you in this blog and in this one.) If you were fortunate enough not to receive damage from Hurricane Harvey and would like to help out a fellow educator, simply complete the form and we will match you with a classroom to assist. More details here.
FriEdTechnology Adopt a Classroom Project – If you are a teacher who wants to adopt a classroom impacted by Hurricane Harvey OR a teacher whose classroom needs help, please fill out our form to make a connection. If you are a teacher who needs help in the greater Houston area, friEdTechnology will facilitate connecting you to your partner classroom via Google Hangouts. More details here.
Hurricane Harvey Teachers in Need. This is a public Facebook group where you can adopt a classroom or request assistance.
KidLit Cares online talent auction. Agents, editors, authors and illustrators have donated services to be auctioned to the highest bidder, with funds raised going to the Red Cross or Global Giving.
DonorsChoose.org Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund. This effort supports classroom projects at schools impacted by flooding.
Harmony Public Schools GoFundMe. This fund will benefit the 12,000 students affected in the Harmony district.
Houston Independent School District. The Houston district, the seventh largest in the U.S., is accepting donations of new and unused clothing, shoes, underwear, socks, uniforms, school supplies, canned food and water.
PledgeCents Hurricane Harvey Relief & Support campaign. This fund helps students and families in collaboration with KIPP Houston Public Schools, YES Prep Public Schools, Spring Branch Independent School District and others.
Principals Helping Principals. This is a Google spreadsheet where Houston-area administrators are sharing contact information and supplies needs.
The American Red Cross – The organization is helping people by providing shelter and sending truck loads of supplies. The American Red Cross is urging people to call 1-800-RED CROSS or to text HARVEY to 90999 to make a donation. You can also click here to donate.
Salvation Army – The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services is working to help provide food and clothing to victims seeking shelter. Donors can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or click here.
Global Giving – The global crowdfunding community is attempting to raise $2 million to “provide relief to survivors in the form of emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine in addition to longer-term recovery assistance to help residents recover and rebuild.” Global Giving says all donations made to the fund will be exclusively used to support local relief and recovery efforts. Click here to learn how to donate.
Catholic Charities USA – The organization is urging people to donate to their disaster relief efforts by texting “CCUSADISASTER” to 71777.
Texas Diaper Bank – The organization supports the basic needs of vulnerable babies, children with disabilities and seniors. The Texas Diaper Bank is asking for cash and diaper donations to help provide for the victims in Texas. Click here to learn how to donate.
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund after receiving an overwhelming number of inquiries of people reaching out to offer help. The funds will be administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation and accepts tax-deductible flood-relief donations. To donate or to learn more, click here.
Trusted World: Dallas County officials said the nonprofit will accept donations of clothing in good condition, toiletries, hygiene products and nonperishable foods starting Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The drop-off location is 15660 N. Dallas Parkway, Dallas.
SPCA of Texas – The SPCA is accepting donations and supplies to help pets impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The supplies most needed are cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, large wire crates, toys, treats, pet beds, newspaper and gas gift cards. To learn how to donate, click here.
Austin Pets Alive – The organization has been helping to transport pets out of local shelters and to safer areas. To learn how to donate supplies or money, click here.
If you’re looking to volunteer your time to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army are in need of volunteers to help at shelters. You can learn how to volunteer for the American Red Cross here and for the Salvation Army here.
THANK YOU for your thoughts, prayers, and support!
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