On-Site Harvey Disaster Relief

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Raised by 41 people in 5 months
I'm going down to Houston with a team to help with relief, rebuilding, and aid efforts and I could use your help. We're driving down in the next day after I finish up the work I've got on my plate here and collecting supplies.

When I mentioned that I was going to a friend she asked me, "Volunteering with a specific group? Otherwise you're an a**hole getting in the way" and we're not looking to be a**holes in the way or disaster tourists. I'm going with a general contractor, firefighter, and a security contractor. All the guys I'm going with know their stuff and we're loading two trucks with as much supplies as we can fit. Food, clothes, toiletries, building/repair supplies, rescue/emergency supplies, and any day to day items that might be hard to come by.

We're buying everything out of pocket. Everything we're bringing will either be donated by a handful of local organizations/businesses or paid for by us. If anyone in the Denver/Boulder/Colorado Springs area would like to donate physical items, please let me know asap. If you're reading this from somewhere else in the country, $5 is a 24 pack of water, $20 is a pack of socks and underwear, $50 is multiple racks of non-perishable food, $100 is one truck's gas down, $1000 is two car batteries, a new door for someone's house, and food for a family for a week. Everyone going has the time and means to do so, but the more we receive in donations, the more we can give back. Any fiscal donations that we are unable to find a direct use for while in Texas will be donated to charities continuing relief efforts after we're gone.

There's a ton of completely legitimate organizations to donate to who are working tirelessly on relief and rescue efforts, and I by no means aim to undermine their missions or necessity, but we're going to help where they're not set up to. We're going to help as many individuals as we can. After Sandy I saw that aid organizations had an excess of volunteers and got a ton of donations but they were bogged down with red tape. Mountains of clothes and canned food went into distribution centers which a lot of people didn't know existed. Meanwhile John Doe 4 miles away could really use some socks, briefs, a toothbrush, and a stick of beef jerky.

Individuals need help boarding up windows, getting around, starting their cars, moving felled trees, and tasks as simple as charging phones. Almost all of which FEMA/Red Cross/AmeriCorps simply aren't set up to do. We have local contacts who are already looking to place us and put us to work on specific projects.

Please let me know if there's any way anyone is interested in helping and thanks for taking the time to read this.
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1st truck is already onsite and working. Road and highway conditions are pretty hit or miss with lots of long lines for everything, especially gas, and they've also been having some issues with cell service in certain areas

They're currently laser focused on doing structural repairs with their local contacts, but found a handful of community centers to donate most of their supplies that they don't see themselves directly using or handing out

We're finalizing packing and wheels up in the hour. We've made a sizable dent in the donations while stocking up here but still have plenty left for the trip. We'll continue to put that money to use once we see first hand where we should direct it and we'll be in TX late tonight/early in the morning

Feel free to continue to donate, because as previously stated, it won't be hard to give away money and items to people that need it while we're down there (just definitely not to some certain mega churches, ahem). If you have other causes or organizations though that want your help, please feel free to donate to them as we're already way past our "necessary" contributions
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