Our Thoughts & Prayers Are With Them

[NOTE: There are hundreds and hundreds of news photos out there. I’m sharing some that I found particularly interesting and I’ve done my best to give proper attribution to the wonderful photographers and agencies that make them available to us.]
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The water continues to rise in Houston and the surrounding area in wake of Hurricane Harvey. (DAVID J. PHILLIP/AP) (row 2) Naomi Coto carries Simba on her shoulders as they evacuate their home after the area was inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 27,
2017 in Houston, Texas. Photo- Joe Raedle, 2017 Getty Images; An elderly woman and her poodle use an air mattress to float above flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey while waiting to be rescued from Scarsdale Boulevard in Houston, Texas, on Aug. 27, 2017. Photo by Adrees Latif/Reuter (row 3)  A family evacuates their Meyerland home in Houston, Texas.  (Mark Mulligan/Houston Chronicle via AP);  Residents wade through flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Beaumont Place, Houston, Texas. (row 4) Alexendre Jorge evacuates four-year-old Ethan Colman from his flooded neighborhood. (Photo by Charlie Riedel / AP);  Man floats on the freeway, after helping the driver of a submerged truck escape to safety. (Photo by Charlie Riedel / AP) (row 5)  Isiah Courtney carries his dog Bruce through flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Beaumont Place, Texas, U.S., on August 28, 2017 – Photo by Jonathan Bachman, Reuters. (bottom) A detached view of Hurricane Harvey via NASA.

 

This week’s devastating hurricane and rainfall throughout Texas and New Orleans is beyond compare.  Day after day we are witnessing the amazing impact of winds, rain and flooding like we’ve not seen in years, coupled with the heroic efforts of citizens, law enforcement, the military and volunteers across the region.  I hope you will join Kowalski Heat Treating in donating to the short term and longer term relief efforts.  Below are just some of the organizations who need our help – choose those who best meet your interests and needs.  I know your heartfelt donations WILL make a difference.  Finally, please take a moment and say a prayer for all of those involved.

 

Local Organizations

National Organizations

  • American Red Cross is accepting donations on its website. You can also text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10.
  • AmeriCares takes medicine and supplies to survivors.
  • Catholic Charities provides food, clothing, shelter and support services to those from all religious backgrounds.
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  • Salvation Army can be made online, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) or texting STORM to 51555.
  • AABB, which coordinates a task force to manage blood collection efforts during disasters, put out a call on Sunday for blood donations in the aftermath of Harvey. Most in demand: those with type O-positive blood.

Online-only Organizations

  • Airbnb is waiving service fees for those affected by the disaster and checking in between Aug. 23 and Sept. 25, and can guide users in creating a listing where their home is offered to victims free.
  • GoFundMe has created a page with all of its Harvey-related campaigns, including one started by the country singer Chris Young, who donated $100,000, and another created by the president and chief executive of the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce.
  • YouCaring has a fund-raising page set up by J. J. Watt of the Houston Texans with a goal of $1 million. By 6 p.m. Monday it had raised more than $700,000.
  • GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund supports local organizations by helping to “meet survivors’ immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products and shelter.” It will also assist with longer-term recovery efforts.

How to Avoid Being Scammed

  • Charity Navigator, which identifies worthy charities, has a handy list of organizations that are responding in the aftermath of the storm.

 

 


 

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