If you talk to me for more than a few moments, you will know I’m from Texas. This will either be because you will hear my accent (dead giveaway), or I will come right out and tell you! I love to talk about my beautiful home state, and I feel a sense of pride and respect toward Texas that’s unlike any other place I’ve lived.
Granted, there is a lot that happens in Texas that I would love to see changed, but lately I am swelling with a ton of homegrown, Texas Pride. I am seeing my fellow Texans hurry to Houston to help their neighbors through Harvey and the nation reach out to help. I am feeling very far from home as I watch this all unfold on TV, and I’m wondering how I can help.
Of course, the clearest option I can point to first is donating to the Red Cross. Over the past few days, however, I’ve seen many local makers and artists posting online their own generous ways to contribute. From custom creations to donating their sales, people are offering the proceeds of their talents and works for the greater good. Here are a few finds I’ve tracked down that both support makers and gives back to Houston.
The Good Goods
Each of these products give 100% of the proceeds to Hurricane Harvey Rescue:
These shops are offering a portion of their proceeds to the rescue cause:
Ariel Gordon Jewelry is donating $100 from every order now through Sunday directly to American Red Cross.
Donating 20% of sales through 9/4 to SPCA of Texas as they rescue and care for all the little animals effected by Harvery.
Donating 5% of all sales to FEMA through 9/3.
I’ll continue to update this post as I come across more finds! If you know of or have a shop that would like to be featured – please send them my way. These options were ones that I felt like were doing the responsible thing of donating funds rather than goods. Supporting small makers and businesses is something I truly value. The fact these shops are willing to sacrifice their proceeds to help Texas makes them even better in my eyes!
If you’re looking to give more directly, however, here is a brief list of responsible, reliable resources to donate to:
More ways to give can be found here, on this collective list by NPR.