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    Dear Wendy
    Dear Wendy
    Keymaster

    Houston readers, I’ve been thinking of you! If you get a chance, give a holler here and let us know you’re ok? I’m also researching best organizations to donate money. If anyone has ideas, please share.

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    Kate
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    I donated to Red Cross this morning. There’s ASPCA and the Diaper Bank too… interested to see if there are other good ones.

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    Bon Vivant
    Bon Vivant
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    Thanks, Wendy. I am okay in that my area has had relatively minor street flooding. But, it’s difficult to be okay, given the magnitude of this disaster and those affected with more to come. We are half way through, it appears, and currently pouring down rain. Hope my fellow Houstonites are okay.

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    Dear Wendy
    Dear Wendy
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    Thanks for checking in BV — so glad you’re ok.
    Spacey Steph and others, how about you?

    A good friend of mine also lives in houston with her family — she happened to be passing through brooklyn on vacation a couple weeks ago and I got to catch up with her briefly. Fortunately, she/ her neighborhood was also spared with only light street flooding and a leaky roof in a couple places. But I know it is traumatizing to still be in the midst of the storm and to see so many images of your fellow residents in such peril. I remember this feeling from Hurricane Sandy a few years back. Hang in there, guys.

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    Dear Wendy
    Dear Wendy
    Keymaster

    Hurricane Harvey: Where you can donate to help with disaster relief and recovery

    https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/8/27/16211642/hurricane-harvey-donations-charities-disaster-relief

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    veritek33
    veritek33
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    I don’t know the best charities to donate to but found this article on cnn listing supplies that are most needed if you’re in the area and can donate:

    Here’s what Houston shelters need right now
    Mayor Sylvester Turner gave a short list of supplies that shelters are in need of at the moment:

    Clothing for adults and children (many people are coming into the shelter soaking wet, the mayor notes)
    Diapers
    Baby formula
    Medical supplies
    Food

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    Dear Wendy
    Dear Wendy
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    #698846 Reply
    bittergaymark
    Bittergaymark

    Hang in there, everybody. Yikes. H

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    bondgirl

    I donated to ASPCA’s efforts in rescuing all the animals in the flooded shelters. I am in tears over these reports of owners who left their dogs chained/tied up with no fighting chance to save themselves. But also comforted knowing how many rescuers are down there helping people and animals alike.

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    SpaceySteph

    Hey everyone! We are ok! At 4am Sunday morning after making our way downstairs to hide from a tornado warning, we peeked outside and saw rising water halfway up our lawn. I was sure we’d get up the next morning and find water in our house but we were incredibly lucky that we had no flooding and only a minor roof leak. Our street was under water until Tuesday and our area received 51 inches of rain in 4 days, almost half Sunday night alone. I am from Florida and have experienced my share of hurricanes but I have truly never seen anything like this.
    Some of our closest friends got 4 inches of water in their home and were stuck in it for almost 12 hours before a boat got to them. A pregnant lady was lifted from her house across the street from them by helicopter. A coworker of my husband’s and his wife plus 5 kids got four FEET of water in their house and have basically lost all of their possessions. And the hits keep coming, a friend of mine’s mother was evacuated from her home because of a chemical plant explosion- the chemicals required refrigeration and when the power went out, so did their cooling system. My husband spent yesterday and today helping friends tear out their damaged carpet and drywall before the mold sets in. Flooded house is no place for a 4 month old so I’ve been trying to make myself useful by collecting household items for donation and making/bringing food to the work crews. Tomorrow I got a friend to babysit so I can go help demo another friends house. It does not end.
    A lot of folks were not in flood zones and did not have flood insurance so they will need to recover on their own.
    As for where to donate, would y’all be interested in the gofundme pages of some people I know who lost their home? Surely the red cross, aspca, and the like are worthwhile charities, but our community is overwhelmed and stretched to the breaking point trying to help so many.

    #699010 Reply
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    SpaceySteph

    Ok here are the links to places to donate:

    Organizations:
    https://www.houstonhumane.org/(Give)/giving/designate-your-gift/hurricane-harvey-fund
    A special place in my heart because we got our dog Raider from Houston Humane Society and he’s the best pupper ever!
    https://ghcf.org/
    http://www.houstonfoodbank.org/donate/donate-money/
    Food bank is doing good work every damn day, but especially now

    Individuals who I know personally and have seen with my own eyes the mess that Harvey left behind in their homes:
    https://www.gofundme.com/hurricane-relief-for-scott-family
    My husband spent the day here today… right as he was about to leave, Scott’s daughter Rio came home from a friend’s house and full on lost her shit when she saw the state that the house was in after all the walls had been gutted. Poor little girl. Then, to top it all off, the dad’s car wouldn’t start and he had to go run for a new battery before they could leave for where they are staying because of course they can’t live in their flooded house.
    https://www.youcaring.com/mattandcheyennesmith-917186
    Matt is one of the nicest people I have ever met, a Navy veteran, and what I have called “the happiest flood victim I’ve ever seen.” When I showed up at his disaster site which took in over 2 feet of water, to drop off some food with my daughter in an ergo, he stopped mid-carrying-soggy-crap to say hi and thank me and then looked directly at my daughter (who he hadn’t met yet) and said “Hi Rebecca!” with a big smile. If that were my house I’m not convinced I would remember my own daughter’s name, let alone some little baby I ever met.
    https://www.gofundme.com/ShawFloodRelief
    Above mentioned family with FIVE children who took 4 feet of water into their home.

    Every flood victim I have helped has been so happy and thankful and just ready to knuckle down and get the cleanup done. So much perseverance I can’t even stand it. So, if you are feeling generous and want to send a dollar or a few their way, I know they and I would be very appreciative.

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    SpaceySteph

    Oh and bondgirl for every story of someone leaving their animal chained to die, I think I saw 20 people on the news rescued on a boat from waist-high water with their pets in tow. My friends had 2 cats and the reason they didn’t wade out of the water in their house but instead waited 10 hours standing in freezing flood water without power and without a second story to hide in is because they had they wouldn’t event think of leaving them behind and couldn’t safely carry them out. So they waited for a boat.

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