Funding Efforts Aimed at Helping Hurricane Victims
Hurricane Harvey has been a storm epic in both scope and destruction. People everywhere are in need. There are individuals requiring the basics of everyday living, and organizations requiring logistical support in search and rescue efforts.
While we can’t offer up a comprehensive list of ways you can help, we would like to offer a few links for efforts we have undertaken or are supporting that align with veteran groups offering a hand during this terrible time along the coast.
While a number of great organizations are raising money to help those affected by this disaster, our efforts will focus specifically on members of the military community throughout Harvey’s path. Priority will be given to wounded warriors, Veterans/Retirees, and the families of Active Duty, Guard/Reserve, and Coasties who have evacuated.
Funds will be distributed to individuals for specific needs, nonprofit organizations that have an overlapping mission, and/or reimburse funds to those who help clear debris for those mentioned above (gas, tools, etc.). All fund usage will be documented and shown with full financial transparency.
This is being led by one of our executives who has included a link to his LinkedIn profile for personal transparency.
Additionally, we have partnered with Operation Supply Drop to collect much needed items today and tomorrow at Alamo Beer Co., 202 Lamar St. in San Antonio from 6 to 8 p.m. today and 6 to 10 p.m. tomorrow. We’re accepting donations of:
- Baby formula
- Hygiene items (soap, toothpaste/brushes, towels, feminine hygiene, shaving needs, etc.)
- Unused clothing (socks, underwear, etc.)
- Elderly needs (Depends, pill boxes, various basic prescription glasses)
- coloring books/games to pacify kids/families.
OSD will make sure these items get where they are needed.
This group, set up by Rebekah Haynes on behalf of the 4th Recon Wives Association in Houston has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to help keep fuel in four boats and a helicopter. There are 15 volunteers working to get to people still stranded by the floodwaters which have yet to recede.
This is another GoFundMe campaign started by Army Veteran and former EMT Chad Clanton. He’s assembled 10 former medical providers, search and rescue folks and other veterans who are trying to get down to Houston to help with SAR efforts. They’re trying to raise funds for equipment and fuel and have several milestones they are trying to hit.
The rescue and recovery efforts are going to take WEEKS so help is at a premium. If you have other organizations doing good work that you would like to promote, put them in the comments.