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How to Help Victims of Harvey

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 31, 2017 09:50pm | Post a Comment

How to Help Victims of Hurrican Harvey

A week after Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast, residents are still stranded without shelter, food, and potable water. As rescue teams and authorities search for survivors, the death toll continues to climb (40 storm-related deaths reported as of this posting). Seeing images in the news of the devastation is heart-breaking and we all want to help, but it can be difficult to know where your money makes the most impact.

We've compiled a list of some of the more targeted organizations collecting donations. We hope it helps you make an informed decision.

Direct ReliefDirect Relief
Direct Relief is currently on the ground in Texas, supporting healthcare facilities in the storm’s path by providing medicines and supplies. An emergency shipment went out Friday, which bolsters pre-positioned resources already in the hands of providers statewide. Direct Relief’s Hurricane Preparedness Program, which equips clinics with essential medical supplies, provides access to medicines to treat both chronic and acute conditions

GoFundMe
Donate to the Direct Impact Fund in partnership with GoFundMe. Your tax-deductible donation will go directly to support individuals with verified campaigns on GoFundMe.

Houston Food Bank
HFB will provide food and supplies in the short term and for many months to come to residents in southeast Texas who will struggle to rebuild their lives.

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(In which we witness love and marriage and indegestion.)

Posted by Job O Brother, May 4, 2009 01:29pm | Post a Comment
wedding

Howdy!

The boyfriend and I just returned from a weekend in the great country of Texas – Houston, to be exact. We went there to celebrate the marriage of some neat humans.

The boyfriend was Best Man at the wedding, so I spent a lot of time in the chapel entertaining myself as he practiced marching down the aisle, handing over rings, smuggling in tequila shots and body-blocking any attempts the bride might have of going “runaway” – you know, typical Best Man duties.

Having been raised in a church, I know how to find all the best hiding spots, and I felt immediately at home. Curled in a cool, dark alcove between the pipe organ and a wood-carved dove of peace, I listened to music on my iPhone and surfed the World Wide Web – reading The Guardian, watching this and this, and wondering why Facebook suggested I be friends with Bill Murray (who I still haven’t forgiven for dog-earing my copy of Dubliners).

Rice Memorial Chapel, the house of God in question, is tucked centrally on the campus grounds of Rice University. It’s a lovely, small chapel, decorated with gold tile and royal blue carpeting. It is noticeably lacking in denominational iconography – a single, movable, wood cross sat off-stage – which is to be expected, I suppose, from a University that specializes in applied sciences. Stained glass glorifying Dr. Willem Kolff healing the crippled with Jarvik-7’s and panels depicting various stages of the Scopes “Monkey” Trial would not have seemed out of place.