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Houstonians Triumph Over Harvey’s Wrath | We’re Here to Help

August 31st, 2017 by David Minces

Hurricane Harvey hit Houston with unprecedented force starting last Friday. The impact of the storm still lingers and even as the sun shines and roads begin to dry, areas of our city remain trapped by flood water and domino effects like structure collapses, chemical plant explosions, and electrical fires are unfolding.

All of us here at Minces PLLC are incredibly lucky to have gotten through the storm relatively undamaged. While we are grateful for our safety and the safety of our families, we know that not everyone has been so privileged. We continue to contribute to the recovery efforts around Texas in various ways, but we know there is more we can do. We encourage all of our friends here in Texas to reach out and let us know if there is anything we can help with.

 

If you are also in a position to help but can’t find an avenue to do so, we encourage you to look into donating to the following causes:

  • JJ Watt’s Houston Flood Relief Fund
    • With an ambitious initial goal of $200,000, JJ has smashed through his target with a running tally of over $11 million going to the fund in just a few days.
    • Click here to donate and/or share.
  • Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center
    • If you aren’t in a position to give cash, you can give the gift of life at one of the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center’s many community blood drive sites or at one of their neighborhood donation centers.
      • Neighborhood donation centers are open until 6 p.m. today and community drives end between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. depending on the location.
    • For more information visit their website.
  • Houston Food Bank
    • Peanut butter, protein and granola bars, toiletries, cleaning supplies, paper goods, and ready to eat items with pull tops are some of the most needed items for the Houston Food Bank, a tremendous resource for our community not just now, but year round.
    • You can bring your items to the Food Bank between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
      • The Houston Food Bank is located at 535 Portwall Street, Houston, Texas 77029.
    • If you can’t make it to the Food Bank safely please consider making a cash donation here.
      • $1 provides 3 meals to those in need!
    • You can also sign up to donate your time here.
  • Local businesses
    • Servers, baristas, and other hourly employees have gone without pay for days as many business had to remain closed. Many of these people are dealing with their own personal tragedies but have to put them behind them and wear a smile in to work to begin to rebuild. Be kind and understanding of your local businesses and their employees as they too experience the distress of the storm and the pressure of returning to normalcy. If you are able, tip generously or ask if you can do anything to help. Your contribution and offer may make someone’s day a little bit more hopeful.
Paulie's Restaurant (PC PauliePetro)Local restaurateur Paul Petronella provided boxes of sandwiches and cookies to BBVA Compass Stadium volunteers who spent the day tirelessly sorting donations until the stadium was at capacity. Photo Credit: @Pauliepetro Instagram 

Houston is one of the largest cities in the country and is the most diverse one at that. We are immensely blessed with amazing neighbors, businesses, and causes doing good every day. Let us all remember how important it is to continue to be the kind, thoughtful community that we have grown to be over the years. Together, we are so much stronger than this storm, so much bigger than this tragedy, and so much brighter than this darkness.

Again, if you or someone you know is in need, let us know. If it happens at work, at home, or just here in Texas, we can help.

With love, hope, and gratitude,

The Minces PLLC team

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