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Hurricane Harvey Immediate Needs

$8,970 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 92 people in 12 months
Sports Society for American Health is a local Beaumont, TX non profit 501(c)3 charity working to improve health and the needs for sustaining health after Hurricane Harvey are overwhelming.  

With having been on the ground through Hurricanes Rita, Ike & now Harvey, we have first hand experience with providing for survivor needs that are so often overlooked especially once the emergency teams leave.  People have so many urgent needs to survive.

It takes weeks and months to recover from these disasters and people in the affected areas have immediate needs that cannot wait for government grants and loans to be approved.  Many slip through the cracks and will never receive necessary funding to survive or to recover.

Some of these urgent but non emergent needs include:

Tools, bleach, trashbags, fungicide and other supplies to remove sheetrock, debris, spoiled food, etc. from flooded homes.  The quicker people can clean and tear away flooded carpet, sheetrock, etc., the less chance for mold, disease, and increased damage from water.  This ultimately reduces costs of repairs longterm.

Supplies for animals especially sick animals.  So many pets are left homeless.  Anything we can provide to allow pets to stay with their owners will ease the burden on shelters as they have exceeded capacity.

Mosquito spray, basic bandages for small accidents, corticoid steriod creams, over-the-counter benadryl, antibiotic ointment, rescue inhalers, any over the counter medication, etc. 

Food for kids with food allergies and other special needs.

Cash for individual needs.  So many have no way to work as there are few paying jobs.  Cash for small needs simply to get through the day until companies can resume business.

These are only a few examples.  This is flexible and our job is to fill gaps that are overlooked or not met to keep people functioning.  The more people we can empower by meeting their basic needs, the more people who are then able to work more effectively on recovery and on restoring normalcy.
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Thank you to the thousands who are helping your neighbors, friends, and family recover. As most return to their normal lives, jobs, school, and schedules, there are still thousands who will be spending the next months to years attempting to rebuild their lives.

If we can each spare a few moments or a few resources to continue to help them, it will mean the world. Here are just a few thoughts:

1) If you have 30 minutes or an hour to drop in and help move items or pick up debris, it will let them know they are not alone in this effort. It is overwhelming when someone sees their entire life as a pile of rubble. So much so that most don't know where to start. If you can lift the first item to start the momentum of moving forward (taking that first step in a journey of a thousand miles), it can make a tremendous difference.

2) You do not need to be a contractor or have any skills to pick up an item, shovel or broom debris, carry items, or help clean. No matter how small your contribution may seem, it is priceless to those in need.
Many do not have flood insurance and even if FEMA steps in, it will not be enough to make most whole. Thus, every laborious task with which you can assist, saves an individual more money for rebuilding and for hiring crews for the skilled labor work.

3) If you are blessed with extra resources, please provide. It doesn't matter how much. A few simple items such as pots and pans, clothing, towels, pet supplies, etc. Remember, so many lost everything. Cash, gift cards, etc. are all helpful. $50 toward an electric bill, water bill, groceries, anything can help.

4) So many of us live paycheck to paycheck that any extra expenses can be an enormous burden. Therefore, each dollar helps to alleviate that burden. If you don't know anyone, we have this GoFundMe account setup through our nonprofit Sports Society for American Health where you can contribute: https://www.gofundme.com/hurricane-harvey-immediate-needs

We can also take direct contributions if you do not wish to go through GoFundMe. Simply contact us.

5) Simply continuing to periodically check in on your neighbors allows them know we are all there for them and provides an opportunity for them to vent any frustrations or stress.

Thank you!
Working on ripping out sheetrock!
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$8,970 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 92 people in 12 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Sports Society For American Health
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Beaumont, TX
EIN: 760646118
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