As Houston stays strong in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, we remember that the Bayou City was one of the first to open their homes and arms to the thousands of evacuees fleeing Katrina’s aftermath in 2005. To commemorate Katrina’s 12th anniversary, we’d like to encourage New Orleanians to pay it forward and help our Texan neighbors in their time of need.
Whether it’s a monetary donation, volunteering for recovery efforts or donating clothes or gift cards, anything helps in times like these. We’ve put together a list of a few local efforts below so that you can help make a difference!
Volunteer with NOLA Tree Project
A local nonprofit, NOLA Tree Project is mobilizing to head to Texas with volunteers, gift cards, gutting tools, and cleaning supplies to start the critical work of clean up and gutting. One hundred percent of donations received will go toward recovery work for Texas disaster victims. Please share their helpful flood clean-up tips and fact sheets with anyone who has sustained damage. To volunteer or donate supplies, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gift Cards or checks can be dropped off at: St. Paul’s Episcopal School 6249 Canal Blvd. Mon-Fri 8a.m.-4p.m.
Checks can be mailed to: NOLA Tree Project, 1509 Filmore Ave., New Orleans, LA 70122
Donate Food & Water to Second Harvest Food Bank
Second Harvest is accepting donations of food, water and disaster supplies to help Hurricane Harvey victims. Click here for all the details about where & what to donate and for other ways you can get involved.
Shop for a Cause
Fluerty Girl and Dirty Coast have both released limited edition t-shirts to show New Orleans’ support for Hurricane Harvey victims. Proceeds from the shirt sales will go toward relief efforts for Harvey. You can shop for a good cause and snag one of these awesome tees at Dirty Coast here and on Fleurty Girl’s website here.
Donate to the Greater N.O. Foundation’s NOLA Pay it Forward Fund
Re-instated by the Mayor of New Orleans in partnership with the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the NOLA Pay It Forward Fund for Hurricane Harvey will provide resources for the early relief and rebuilding efforts of those communities impacted by the disaster. You can learn more or make a donation here.
Help a Furry Friend in Need
Zeus’ Place is taking in pets from Texas shelters in Harvey’s path. The shelter is currently seeking fosters for animals, and requesting donated fleece blankets, collars, leashes, treats, canned dog food and clay cat litter to its 2520 Napoleon Avenue location.
Purchase a Gift Card
NOLA restaurants are doubling up as gift card donation drop-off locations for Hurricane Harvey victims on Aug. 29. The team, spear-headed by local Chef Amy Cyrex-Sins, suggests Visa or American Express gift cards, or cards from stores like Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Rite Aid, CVS, Walgreens, and gas stations. You can find a full list of participating restaurants here.
Give to the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross makes Hurricane Harvey donations as easy as possible! Just text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. To donate online, visit redcross.org or call 1- 800-RED CROSS.
As Hurricane Harvey makes it’s way to Louisiana, we hope all our friends and family are staying safe and dry. Share this post and keep Houston and everyone else affected in your thoughts and prayers.