It has been a week since Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast. To say that living through this storm is one of the hardest things I have ever done is an understatement. I sit here counting all my blessings as I type this post. So much of my time this week was spent praying, hiding in the closets with my kids, moving valuables higher off the ground, watching the news, reading posts on social media, crying, being worried sick, and praying more.
Now I move onto the recovery of helping those in need.
I started thinking… Why did this destruction happen to Texas? Why is so much still happening. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. I start to wonder if this storm was an event to bring this nation together. The world has been suffering so much this year, so much pain and heartache. The United States has had so much hate and hurt over the past year. When the hurricane arrived everything changed. Social media was no longer filled with the racist posts or any hate posts- it is now filled with images of HUMANS of all race and religions helping each other. I guarantee when 1st Responders are airlifting people to safety no one asked, “What is your religion, what is your stance on…?” No, what is/was happening was LOVE. Love is everywhere. I see it everywhere. I saw neighbors hugging one another when the sun came out. I read posts and emails from around the world of people wanting to help. Thank you to everyone for the prayers, the messages, and more. Reading all those positive messages have helped many of us get by during this time.
The thing is, the storm is not over here in Houston and South Texas. People need to rebuild their lives. All their wonderful memories were washed away in an instant. I want to help as many people as I can. I know so much support is coming to South Texas. I want to remember my teachers and educators out there. So my contributions will be to helping my as many educators as we can in the coming weeks and months. Many may not know that teachers spend hundreds and thousand each year on books, supplies, decor, and more. Many schools were preparing for the 1st day this past week, and many teachers lost everything! All their hardworking money they spent for their classrooms is gone. So my goal is to have as many teachers that need support to sign up to get sponsored. Please feel free to share this link with as many teachers and educators.
Some of the immediate things teachers need are listed below. Also, teachers could use giftcards and Amazon wishlist items. Of course there is so much more, I just listed a few things.
- Books [grade level appropriate]
- Notebooks, folders, binders
- Hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes, baby wipes
- storage zip bags
- Markers, pencils, crayons, glue
- Paper, constriction paper, printer paper
- Glue sticks, glue, scissors
- Bulletin board, décor
- Storage containers
- and so much more…
Teachers in need of assistance please sign up. If you want to help please sign up. We will do our best to coordinate any efforts.
God bless Texas , God Bless Houston, God Bless The USA. #houstonstrong #texasstrong