Horrible Hurricane Harvey Haunts Houston - that's a little H-alliteration for you

My beloved Texas is hurting, y'all! I know a lot of people who live in Houston. Some people have had to evacuate, some have varying levels of water damage in their house and some totally lucked out and need to buy a lottery ticket because their house is completely dry. Lots of people who had to leave are coming to Dallas, and you know what I read? The shelters here are overflowing with donations - clothes, hygiene items, diapers, etc. I think that's pretty amazing. People are awesome sometimes. 

I can't get on social media without seeing someone collecting donations, either items or money, because they're headed down to Houston or headed to a local shelter to help however they can. This is why Texas is the bomb - helping each other is what we do.

It's not just Texas, honestly. I believe that seeing people in need brings out the purest form goodness in people - you just want to help however you can. 

Can you imagine your neighborhood turning into a lake? A family I know with 3 young children had to be rescued from the roof of their house via canoe. CANOE. When I say young children, I'm talking 5, 3 and 8 months. I can honestly say that my 5 year old would be pretty stoked about boating out of his window down the street. He'd ask to ride a canoe to school every day until he graduates, no lie. The reality though, is that family just left everything behind. Who knows where they are going, how long they will stay and when, or if, they can return to their house. 

That's pretty terrifying as a parent, isn't it? Think about the amount of effort and stuff it takes to leave your house with kids - Does everyone have a snack? Water? Did everyone go potty? Yes, you can bring a toy. No, just one. Fine, two. Get your jacket, don't forget your shoes. Why are you sticky? Wash your hands - And that's just leaving for an errand in your car that isn't flooded, knowing you're coming home in a couple of hours to all of your memories, clothes, food and tampons. 

We get used to our lifestyle comforts - our car, having a bed to sleep in, food in the pantry, dry shampoo so we don't have to shower daily, and so on. Suddenly all of those things we may take advantage of are gone for a lot of peopleIt's tough, and it will be tough for a while. If you feel like donating money, there are a few links below! 

Houston Food Bank

American Red Cross

Houston Humane Society

Food Bank of Corpus Christi

You can also use this site - Charity Navigator - to find reputable charities that are providing Hurricane Harvey relief.