As we approach Labor Day weekend, the unofficial last weekend of the summer, there is a sobering reminder of the fragility of life as our fellow Americans struggle to survive in the wake of Hurricane Harvey down in Houston. This is normally the time of year when we reflect on the summer and enjoy the final long weekend of cookouts or traveling before fall rolls in and work and school become the focus once again. While it’s encouraged to enjoy spending some leisure time with family and friends this weekend, we’d just like to use this opportunity to promote the outlets that are working to provide relief to the victims of the hurricane. For those of us fortunate enough not to be affected by this disaster, there are 3 different links listed here for the Red Cross, Hurricane Relief Effort by the City of Houston, and a YouCaring.com page.

The third donation link comes from J.J. Watt, All-Pro Football Player for the Houston Texans, and a standout humanitarian. After initially raising $200,000 over a 24-hour period on YouCaring.com, the Texans star went on social media to set a new goal of $1 million. After reaching that goal within hours, he then pushed his new goal to $2 million. After soaring past that, $3 million, then $4 million, and now the donations have exceeded $13 million! He has continued to update everyone on the status of the donations and lets them know exactly where the money will be going. We applaud J.J. and hope that his efforts continue to inspire people to help.

 

Below are some images from the devastation caused by the hurricane and an inside look at the hardships the people of Houston are facing.

 

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The Red Cross  – (You can also text “HARVEY” to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross)

Hurricane Relief Effort City of Houston

J.J. Watt’s YouCaring.com Page

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