Today is the last day of this big 2 week job I’ve been shooting in New York (2 weeks!). It hasn’t been easy, but my goodness it’s been inspiring, challenging, and the kind of job that fills your brain so full that you don’t have time to process anything else. I can’t wait to show you (that’s a sneak peek of the first project with Nikki from My Scandinavian Home).
I fly home tonight and will have a weekend or more with those kiddos. Of course all I want to do is cuddle them but I know that two hours in the exhaustion that is inside of me will knock me over finally and I’ll be like ‘oh right . . . parenting . . .’ Luckily it’s my birthday, and it’s a weekend so we can relax the rules and pull the whole ‘ice cream/pizza/family movie day.’
I also haven’t had a chance to really keep up on the news or process the Harvey devastation, and as someone who knows the emotional importance of ‘home’ I can’t imagine how devastated so many Houston families must feel.
The idea that everything you own, care about, and have worked hard your entire life for could be swept away in all but a couple of days because of something completely out of your control is truly terrifying. I can’t imagine it, and I hope my kids never have to either.
But just because we can’t imagine it doesn’t mean that we can stay in avoidance of it, and be apathetic to other families in need.
So we pulled together a few easy ways to help donate to the cause – organizations that are on the ground helping, even when we can’t. If you know of any others please leave in the comments.
It’s the least we can do.
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund – Houston’s Mayor, Sylvester Turner, has set up this fund to directly help those in need. You can Text HARVEY2017 to 91999 or visit the website.
Salvation Army – With a long history of helping those in need, The Salvation Army’s disaster teams from all over the US have flocked to the south. They plan to stay long after to ensure it’s rehabilitation (which can often be hardest and most financially taxing part of any natural disaster).
Save the Children – This is an organization working around the clock to help the children and families affected by the storm. You can easily donate on their site.
All Hands Volunteers – This organization has three different teams on the ground assessing the damage and putting help where help is needed. All donations will go towards the victims and the rebuilding of the community. You can donate as well as become a fundraiser on their site.
Global Giving – A wonderful crowdsourcing site with a goal of $5 million dollars (they are halfway there). All donations to this organization will go directly to the hurricane relief and the long term rebuild of the Gulf.
Heart to Heart International – This organization works with local partners and provides much needed medical services for those who need attention during this disaster.
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief – With over 80,000 trained volunteers, 50 years of experience, and the third largest disaster relief agency in the US, The SBDR is providing crucial relief for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Baby2Baby – My dear friend, Joy Cho of OhJoy!, first made me aware of this organization when she hosted a diaper drive with them for families in need. The only thing scarier than being in a disaster like this is being in it with a baby without the basic necessities to care it, and because diapers can take up large quantities of space for a very specific use, other relief efforts will usually opt for stocking food or medical supplies first.
Airbnb – Airbnb is trying to help get displaced families places to stay. If you are local with space in your home and want to help, please let them know so they can place a family in your home.
I hope this list gives you a chance to feel like you can make a difference. There are many more wonderful organizations helping so please list them in the comments. Sending love to those surviving this devastating hurricane. xx