Hey all! I'm amazed at how quickly we raised $2750. I've actually had to turn off donations because I don't think I can fit that much stuff in the Jeep. Anyone else who is looking to help out should look into charities like Team Rubicon ( teamrubiconusa.org ) that make an incredible impact on the recovery effort.
Just wanted to reach out to everyone and say thank you for all the support. Over $2,000 in just over 24 hours is unbelievable.
I'm currently wrapping up the application process to join Team Rubicon. They are a non profit relief organization that did tremendous work in Rockaway after Hurricane Sandy. Their volunteer requirements normally include military service or active first responder status however my experience with Sandy and my certification in advanced first aid and AEDs was the enough to qualify. After I complete a few online courses on emergency preparedness and incident response through FEMA I'll be making my way towards Houston to spend Labor Day weekend volunteering in what ever capacity they need me.
Before I leave I'm going to use every dollar we raised to purchase things like non perishables, tools, and sanitary items until my car is full. Any additional funds left over after packing my car out will likely be used to buy gift cards for victims or donated directly to Team Rubicon to help them continue their support.
I'll be sure to update everyone once again when I'm getting ready to leave.
Again thanks for all the support!
New York peeps, I'm driving over from New Orleans to the Houston area affected by Hurricane Harvey at the end of the week. It will likely be past the hour of rescue when I arrive however anyone who was in Rockaway or south Brooklyn during Sandy remembers especially well how terrible organizations like the Red Cross are with donations. They keep .99 of every dollar and by the time that .01 is put to use people like us have already stepped in to help our neighbors. These people are experiencing the same pain we did. So I'm asking for donations so that I can pack my jeep with all the things we once so desperately needed in the wake of a natural disaster. Put your money where your mouth is and instead of offering a half ass prayer on Facebook. Donate what you can spare and I will make sure that everything makes it to the Houston area and is distributed to those that truly need it. I'll keep you updated along the way.
NOLA, I know a lot us are living in areas where the pumps are down, I know a lot of us are going through our own thing right now but Houston more than any other city came to the call of aid when Katrina hit. If you aren't dealing with your own mess, or if you are and it's impossible for you to leave but you still want to help, donate a few bucks and know that somewhere in Houston someone who desperately needs help will get a little with your help.
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