The devastation in Houston is awful, I find myself unable to even watch the coverage. I want it to be known that our family is praying for those who live in Houston, have loved ones in Houston, and those that have been affected in any way, shape or form. My family and I spent a week in Houston this past February for Super Bowl 51– and needless to say, that city will forever have a special place in my heart. It is important to note that natural disaster doesn’t discriminate. No amount of money, fame, status, or the nicest gates at the front of your neighborhood can protect you when something like this decides to strike. We must all stand united and do what we can with what we have– whether that means reaching out to people you know who may have been affected to remind them that they are not alone, donating money to causes that you believe in, simply spending a few extra minutes in prayer, or finally going through your closets to purge yourself of the things that you really don’t need (but have had a hard time letting go of).
Rico and I were talking about what we can do to help, because truthfully, we cannot imagine losing everything. I think about how it feels when I misplace a special photograph, note, or item and that in and of itself is enough to make me sick– then I think about losing EVERYTHING, and I cannot even begin to comprehend the feeling.
Donating money is a great thing to do, especially when there is a cause that you believe in, but, we understand that not every person has “extra money” laying around to donate. But, one thing that we do know is that mostly everybody has a “junk drawer”, a closet full of things that they haven’t looked at in months (maybe years), and if they have children– we know that they have bins or bags of clothing that will never be used again.
This idea kind of happened on it’s own while I was (finally) sorting through Luca’s old clothes determining what will work for our new baby and what would never be used again (which, before Harvey, was going to the resale store). After realizing the amount of clothing, baby items and other stuff that we had around our house, the idea dawned on me. Get my lazy self together, sort through our things and send it to people that need it far more than we do (and encourage others to do the same). With the help of some amazing women who reached out to me via Instagram, we were able to pull together our connections and resources in the Atlanta area to devise a plan— which you will find below.
Let it be noted that all items are being accepted and are in great need. If you need a few examples, think along the lines of diapers, wipes, baby bottles, blankets, rubbermaid containers, coolers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, pillows, flashlights, paper plates, batteries, etc.
If you live in the Atlanta area, here is how you can help:
If you are able to bring your items directly to 1900 Century Blvd. Atlanta, GA on either Wednesday September 6th or Thursday September 7th between 10am-2pm a truck and volunteers will be waiting to help you package and load your donations, which will then be transported to Houston. All donations will be going directly to JJ Watt’s Foundation where they will then be dispersed based upon people’s needs in the Houston area. The truck will be trackable as it makes it’s way to Houston so that you know your donations are going to a legit place & blessing those who are in need. The truck and volunteers are being provided via Hub Group!
If you are unable to bring your items to this location on Wednesday or Thursday, a few women and I have teamed up and reached out to local businesses who have graciously allowed donations to be dropped off within business hours between this weekend and Wednesday. We will then pick up the items that have been dropped and get them to the truck before it departs for Houston.
Atlanta, GA area drop off locations:
Kid To Kid Buford, GA. 3125 Woodward Crossing #610
Kid To Kid Cumming, GA. 511 Lakeland Plaza, 30040.
Brookhaven, GA: 3450 Blair Circle 30319 (Apartment Complex lobby).
** When you arrive at any of the above locations be sure to mention that you are dropping off donations for Houston that will be picked up!
If you live anywhere besides the Atlanta area, here is how you can help:
American Red Cross: visit redcross.org, call 1-800- RED CROSS or text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Salvation Army: visit helpsalvationarmy.org, call 1-800- SAL-ARMY or text STORM to 51555
Save The Children US: an international organization devoted to protecting children all over the globe has established “child- friendly” places in evacuation centers in Texas and is also providing food and water. Donations can be made at savethechildren.org, and a $25 donation can be made by texting “HURRICANE” to 20222.
I don’t know about you, but I think that it has been beautiful to watch a severely divided country come together to help one another in a time of great need. I am thankful that good people, like yourself, still exist here. xo, Grace