Our hearts are heavy for everyone in Texas right now but I am especially thinking good thoughts and sending prayers for our dear friends Lynn and Frances at our favorite Mah Jongg store, Where the Winds Blow, located in Houston.
They are showing their true colors of commitment to all of us by posting this message on their website:
We’re not letting Hurricane Harvey stop us! Please shop ONLINE (not in store) and send us emails, but phone calls will be returned and orders will be sent out as soon as weather permits!
You can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 281.578.7571. If you need anything Mah Jongg-related right now, let’s support these terrific women trying to stay afloat (literally) in Houston by shopping ONLINE at their fabulous store.
And, in case you are wondering how you can help the people of Texas and Louisiana, here are some suggestions:
AmeriCares takes medicine and supplies to survivors.
Catholic Charities provides food, clothing, shelter and support services to those from all religious backgrounds.
Direct Relief is shipping medicine and medical supplies to Texas, and has made its entire medical inventory of more than $100 million available for the Harvey relief effort.
Matthew 25: Ministries is distributing personal care kits, cleaning products, first aid and safety kits, diapers, paper products and tarps.
Save the Children is delivering baby supplies, including cribs and strollers, and setting up child-friendly spaces in shelters.
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.
Those interested in donating blood may contact the following 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 $10 million. By 9:30 p.m. Wednesday it had raised more than $7 million.
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.