First of all, THE ASTROS WON THE WORLD SERIES! Hurray! Go Astros! Earn History! We did it! We are Winners! Sports fans, this is one proud city who needed a boost and “whose spirit would not be denied.” Plus, how hilarious and wonderful is Jose Altuve? He’s pretty good.
Now, I’m donating my birthday to the Yellowstone Academy! I will match 100% of all donations and they will go directly to Yellowstone families impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
That’s right, and it makes me so excited! I love my birthday!! This Sunday, November 5 will be the day I become thirty-one-derful. Officially-officially in my 30s, whoo!
I am a celebrator. Seriously, I make tablescapes when 2 people come to dinner and have been known to carry glow sticks, mustaches and tiaras in my purse in case I encounter an unexpected occasion to party. That’s why I am so excited to celebrate the Yellowstone Academy and the families impacted by Hurricne Harvey for my birthday.
This year was big for Houstonians, with Harvey barreling through town just as everyone was gearing up to go back to school. Most people here for it will tell you they lost two weeks of their lives, either to rescuing victims and salvaging flood damaged homes, or through anxiously watching the news 24/7 for updates of rising water levels and stories of bravery. I’d like to know just how many of us went out for kleenex and tetanus shots in September.
Truly, the amount of support for Harvey Relief throughout the Greater Houston Area and South Texas has been heartfelt and far-reaching. Personally, I had the privilege of caring for babies of Harvey at the George R. Brown Convention Center in the days following the storm. Two weeks after the first floods, people were still coming to the massive Red Cross shelter for various reasons. In fact, two of the families I met had arrived 10 days post-Harvey because they either ran out of money to host their family in a hotel or ran out of friends willing to host them. One of these families has four babies under four. It was stunning.
To see Texas care for its own, both in the days of evacuation and in the longer term aftermath of rebuilding has been so touching. My church actually hired a full-time Pastoral Associate of Disaster Relief to serve in the role of continued outreach to those who lost their homes to the flood. One of his first communications through our church-wide email was to find any members of our church who are proficient in sheet rock installation. Talk about the body of Christ at work! (Grace Bible Church Harvey Relief)
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38
I am humbled by all that Houston is doing to help its own – not to mention a certain favorite transplant who raised $37 Million and is spending it in the next 24 months, putting it in the hands of those who need it to rebuild their homes and move forward with their lives. JJ Watt, you’re a stud.
So, I’m hoping to raise donations to directly support families of Yellowstone who are still displaced from Harvey. My husband and I have agreed to match all donations and we need your support to achieve our goal!
At the Yellowstone Academy, a 501(c)3 in the 3rd ward of downtown Houston, 55 students lost their uniforms, and my generous neighbors rallied together to replace them via Team Briargrove. Jessica Keegan is heading up this mission and has done amazing work through @teambriargrove to continue fundraising and get help in the hands of those it can help the most.
What local relief workers have seen, is that the best way to help is to work directly with the community. Donations to the Red Cross may now be spent on other disasters in other parts of the world, of which there are many. Please keep giving where you feel led to give, but if you want to really see your gift at work, consider donating to Team Briargrove for help in Houston..or, to my birthday fundraiser! I will be following up with the faces of those who are blessed by your gift!
“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:16
Please check out my Facebook Fundraiser and consider chipping in. Here is more info on the Yellowstone Academy. Many of the after school programs at Yellowstone are Christ-centered, and the community of believers who give of time and energy to Yellowstone will tell you that great things have been achieved by the grace of God at that school. God bless Yellowstone.
Remember, I will be 100% matching all donations!
Holler at me in the comments with any questions. What is your favorite charity? Were you affected by Harvey? How can we help?