By now the stark reality of the largest flood to ever affect our country is sinking in, and you likely feel the urge to help. Hurricane Harvey decimated much of the Texas Coast. Our neighbors in the Houston, Port Aransas, and Rockport areas are in dire need. The people of the Panhandle are always characterized as willing to help, and in a disaster, that’s even more so.
So, where do you give during a tragedy this big? That is an excellent question. In times like these, you will see many folks, organizations, or companies create drives for those affected. We think it’s important for you, the donor, to ask questions of those who are collecting items or money in your community.
Our sister community foundation, The Greater Houston Community Foundation (https://ghcf.org/), in conjunction with the Mayor of Houston, has set up a fund that is specifically to assist those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The GHCF does similar work in their communities that we do, and we know they are going to be helping for as long as there is a need. You can donate to GHCF HERE
For those who would prefer to give to local organizations, here are two suggestions:
The High Plains Food Bank (HPFB) has created a space in their warehouse specifically for donated food for the Harvey victims. They are working with other food banks in the areas affected. Click on this link for a list of items they are accepting: CLICK HERE
HPFB is also taking monetary donations and sending them directly to the food banks in the affected areas. CLICK HERE to make a donation.
The Salvation Army of Amarillo, in conjunction with Toot n’ Totum and ABC7 Amarillo, has placed red donation kettles at all Toot n’ Totum locations. Cash donations are also accepted at the registers. The money collected will be given to the Salvation Army in the affected areas.
The recovery from this disaster is going to be a long process, but we can band together and help those in need.