Houston, Texas is my hometown. I grew up playing on the sandy beaches of Galveston and riding my bike across the Seawall. What I miss most about Texas is the people, they are genuinely kind hearted, warm, friendly, and always greet you with a smile. If you are in need, Texans will quickly lend you a helping hand even if they have to stop everything they are doing just to do so. Whether it be fixing a flat tire, sending our own firemen and rescue workers up North during 911 or opening up the shelters of our entire State to help another State like Louisiana through a rough time, natural disaster or tragedy- Texans always Give Big.
We give what we can of our possessions or time, whenever we can, just to lift up one another because we have taken to heart the lessons history has taught us; a community which sticks together, survives together. The Texas legends are all true; although we like big houses, big boats, big cars, big hair and big storms, it is really the time with our family and friends that means most to us. Especially since we know how quickly material items can be wiped away by severe weather.
Today, the residents of Texas and the American Red Cross urgently need your help and support in providing relief for Hurricane Ike evacuees.
The American Red Cross has 2,000 disaster workers in the Lone Star State providing aid but they need more volunteers, donations and supplies. According to the Associated Press, "Tens of thousands of people that are still waiting for food, water and ice, and for the electricity to return to their homes or for their first hot meal and shower. The number of distribution centers has been quadrupled to 60 to deliver food, water and ice. Still, for some, the wait for a return to normalcy could be days. For others, it could be weeks. Many service stations have no gasoline, and some major highways remain under water. More than 30,000 evacuees are still living in nearly 300 public shelters, and roughly 2 million people in Texas alone are without power. Ike's survivors have already walked for miles and waited for hours at supply distribution centers, gobbling up all that was offered: 1 million bottles of water, 1 million meals and 600,000 pounds of ice in just the first 36 hours after the storm passed. It's not enough, and those dispatching truck after truck to distribution centers around the city know it. One center north of Houston drew 10,000 people Monday in search of food and water."
There are several ways you can help Hurricane survivors:
- Financial Donations: Please designate your donation to the Hurricane Ike disaster at the time of your donation. Call 1-800-REDCROSS or 713-313-1753.
Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be made Online or by mail:
The American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund ATTN: Fund Development PO Box 397 Houston, TX 77001
- Volunteer for Disaster Services or as a Disaster Action Team Member (DAT)
- Blood Donations or have your company Sponsor a Blood Drive.
- Instant Messaging: The i'm Initiative is a new program that connects you with the disaster relief efforts of the American Red Cross through Windows Live™ Messenger. By participating in the i'm Initiative and selecting the Red Cross as your charity of choice, you will generate funds for Red Cross disaster relief with every instant message conversation you have using i'm. These funds won't come from your pocket, but from Microsoft, who will share a portion of the program's advertising revenue with the Red Cross. There is no fee for joining and signing up is quick and easy.
If you have a suitable item please contact Dory Cayen, Deputy Director, 713-313-1668. More information about donating goods.