We’re all aware of the massive needs coming out of the region impacted by hurricane Harvey. Isn’t it incredibly refreshing to see people coming together for a common cause to help others?
If you’re like me – you want to help and you’d especially love to have a tangible family project so your kids learn what it means to give – not just upload a credit card number online, right?
Most organizations are requesting financial assistance to put the funds where they are needed most, and I support that fully. I would encourage you to research your giving – find a local organization in the impacted areas through your church or through a cause that it is close to your heart. We’re giving financially through our church denomination that will support churches that were damaged and also through our employer that is coordinating relief efforts.
As a matter of fact – Brian and I will be volunteering next week in Austin, TX. We were previously scheduled to attend a conference with our work in Austin next week and now the convention center is housing 7,000 evacuees from the Houston area. Keller Williams made the decision to shift our conference to be a huge relief effort and thousands of agents from across the nation will be arriving in Austin to help. We’re so excited!!
Now – how can YOUR family help?
3 projects your family can do to help the hurricane victims now:
#1 - Prepare a Survivor Welcome Kit and mail it to Austin, TX.
Austin Disaster Relief Network is a ministry of the Greater Austin Churches coming together to bring hope into crisis. Their website outlines exactly what they need and how to pack a kit. You can then mail the kit to one of their drop off locations.
Visit their website for more details : https://adrn.org/disaster-relief/survivordonationkits/
#2 - Come up with a family project to raise funds
Since financial donations are preferred, how about your family raise money and then choose where to send the funds? Have your kids help with all of the details – what, when, where and how.
Ideas – a roadside lemonade stand in the neighborhood, homemade bracelets, sell baked goods, wash a car, cut a neighbor’s grass, etc.
Having our kids work to raise the money teaches them the value in funding donations and how our work helps others.
#3 - for readers local to Charlotte - participate in Charlotte Loves Houston happening THIS WEEK!
If you can’t make it to Southpark Mall on Friday, there are various drop off locations around the city. Contact me if you can’t get to one of these locations and I’ll be happy to help personally!
For all the details, go to www.charlotteloveshouston.com and please help us spread the word!
I’d love to hear how your family is helping. Let’s all come together and teach our kids to give back in ways that are useful and helpful during a disaster.
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