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How You Can Donate to the Greater Houston Relief Effort

Jenn Leach

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Wondering how you can donate to the Greater Houston relief effort?

Winter storm Uri has come and gone, devastating the Houston area, other parts of Texas and across the nation. Many argue that area sustained as much damage as a CAT 3 or CAT 4 hurricane.

The freezing cold temperatures have impacted thousands of residents, leaving them with burst and frozen pipes, water damage, damage to their homes, and more.

The storm caught the greater Houston area by storm (pun intended). Even with the most preparation under way, there are just some things you can’t prepare for, like 48+ hours without electricity in the freezing cold, frozen pipes that leads to low pressure water and no water at all, and all areas of the Houston were at risk. No area was immune.

The night before the storm I stayed up late taking pictures of the snowfall. I had talked to friends, teachers and the community a week prior and everyone was expecting the snow, excited to see it, as snow isn’t a common occurrence here.

My heater in my home was on and the house was nice and toasty. Right before I dozed off in the early hours, the power went off.

The electricity had been blitzing going off for a few seconds then coming back on back and forth that night so, when it finally went out I was not surprised.

What was a surprise was the next morning about 6 hours later when I woke up that the electricity had not come back on yet.

We spent that morning cycling between the house and car to keep warm from the car heater. Another day of cold followed that and finally the third day after 50 hours, electricity returned for half a day before being cut off again.

What did other residents of Houston experience?

A lot of the same. No power, no water and freezing. Hotels in the area were booked solid. I had no internet connection and I couldn't use my cell phone.

Unfortunately some farm animals froze to death and a handful of people lost their lives during that time due to hyperthermia. Really sad.

Today, electricity and water is restored to most of the area but a lot of what residents are experiencing is far from over.

Burst pipes mean that the water has to be shut off to your home. No running water means difficulty preparing meals, not being able to flush the toilet or wash your hands, etc.

It’s unlivable.

And because so many residents are going through this, that means that plumbers are in short supply and supplies are in short supply. Area hardware stores like Home Depot and Lowes are out of supplies and they don’t know when they’ll be restocking.

Many restaurants and businesses are still closed.

School was delayed over a week from the storm.

People are struggling.

If you’re wondering what you can do to help, here’s how you can pitch in…

You can donate to the Greater Houston 2021 Winter Storm Fund.

How does it work?

The purpose of the fund is to close any gaps that may exist from coverage from local and federal governments to help Houston area residents.

They have raised $2 million dollars so far and the goal is to reach people who need help with storm-caused damage and repairs, housing and other related costs.

A lot of people were just not prepared for this. And, everyone does not have home and renters insurance.

It’s a big devastation and set back to the area for sure but the community is strong and will get through this.

If you’d like to donate to the Greater Houston 2021 Winter Storm Fund, check out the link below.

You can learn more about the fund here.

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