When we turn on the news this week, we can’t help but be inundated with photos and videos from Hurricane Harvey. As a company that looks to connect with people and help where we can, we cannot look away from what is unfolding in Texas. That being said, we know that there are instances where natural disasters have also recently affected citizens outside of the United States. We look at the current landslide devastation in Sierra Leone and say to ourselves “How can we help?” We simply cannot turn a blind eye to what is happening.
One of our first thoughts when creating this blog post was to start a clothing drive. The victims of both Hurricane Harvey and Sierra Leone are in dire need for anything from diapers to canned good. However, when these types of natural disasters strike it is often too difficult and work intensive for volunteers to accept, sort and deliver goods to victims. What they really need is funds to buy what they need in closer proximity to where the victims are seeking refuge.
So, we have compiled a list of organizations that we feel have been vetted and are good places for you to donate.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is working around the clock along the Gulf Coast to help the thousands of people whose lives have been devastated by Tropical Storm Harvey.
Texas Diaper Bank
According to the Texas Diaper Bank, diapers are not provided by disaster relief agencies, so they are putting together disaster relief kits for families with young children.
Austin Pets Alive!
Animal shelters and rescue groups are taking in numerous pets displaced by the storm. They are a no-kill shelter that has reported taking in over 330 animals are so far and are expecting more as floodwaters continue to rise.
UNICEF is on the ground urgently responding to the needs of displaced children and families affected by the flooding and landslides in Sierra Leone.