I spoke with Lynn at Where the Winds Blow yesterday and was left speechless when I heard that she lost her entire home during the hurricane. But, to my amazement, Lynn was upbeat and optimistic. She said the good news is that the store was untouched by Harvey and she had just received a huge shipment of new Mah Jongg items for her inventory.
Lynn is an amazing woman – I hope you always will support her for anything you might need Mah Jongg-related and especially right now while she and her family work on building a new place to live. BTW, when I told her that I was going to do a blog on this, she said, “I don’t want anyone to see me as a victim.” As always, Lynn was positive and thankful that nothing happened to the store. She really is wonderful and I consider her to be a very dear friend.
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.
A quick shout-out to all of you living in the Houston area – the wonderful Lynn Chorn, the owner of our favorite site, www.wherethewindsblow.com, is looking to add to her staff. If you, or anyone you know, is looking for a full-time job as a sales rep, please contact Lynn right away at Sales AT wherethewindsblow.com. I wish I lived closer – what fun it would be to spend my time as a sales rep for all of the wonderful Mah Jongg products sold by Lynn and her staff…and get paid for it, too!
Well, I certainly have missed writing my blog during this 7-day vacation – I hope you have missed reading it!
So many things have happened in the past week but the first thing I want to tell you about has to do with my favorite cause, Stay Strong and Mahj On (SSAMO).
As you might remember, when the OMs play together we don’t take our winnings. Instead, we pool the day’s winnings and put them in a kitty. Sometimes we use it for a birthday luncheon, sometimes we buy lottery tickets, sometimes we use it for food and supplies for our out-of-town “Mahjongathons.” However, we have now decided to follow the lead of the National Mah Jongg League and to donate our winnings to deserving causes.
Many of you know that I was diagnosed with breast cancer this past March and, because of this, SSAMO is near and dear to my heart. The OMs are such wonderful and caring friends and agreed that one of the causes we would give to would be this very group. And so, last week I was very proud to give a check for $75 from the OMs to Alexis Miller, one of the three founders of SSAMO. Which leads me to this…today I played Mah Jongg with a group of women – these women have a pie of $5. $20 was won and lost today between the group but I kept thinking how it would have been so much nicer to have given that $20 to a worthy cause. Just a thought along with telling you how proud I am to be a part of the OMs (and also the NMJL, which has always been so philanthropic).
Where the Winds Blow is moving to a new and larger warehouse and so, in order to facilitate the move, Lynn Chorn, the wonderful owner of WTWB, is having a sale on full Mah Jongg sets. Be sure to log on to the site for any and all of your Mah Jongg needs. And don’t forget about the fabulous personalized Mah Jongg sets that Lynn offers – they’re a great gift!
WE’VE MOVED TO A BIGGER WAREHOUSE!
5608 RAMPART STREET
HOUSTON, TX 77081