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It’s that usually very exciting and fun last-official-weekend-of-summer. But this year, we’ve found it hard to be in a full celebratory mood. Instead, we find ourselves concentrating on all the work that needs to be done to help the people devastated by Hurricane Harvey in Houston and the surrounding areas. The flood waters have begun to recede, but now the real work begins. We’ve searched through the news online and have come up with a short list of organizations who could use our help… your help… everyone’s help. #HoustonStrong.

As sewers and crafters, our instinctive response to a dire situation is often to create something handmade – something to comfort. But many of the articles we researched stressed an immediate need for cash donations. There is little storage available for bulkier items, such as quilts and teddy bears, and the necessities early-on are more likely to be food, shelter, clothing, and tools and supplies for clearing out and cleaning up. Different groups will, of course, have different requests; the core message seems to be, "Ask what they truly want."

Below are the local organizations we compiled via the websites of The New York Times, National Public Radio, and Consumer Reports, as well as local Houston area media outlets. If you know of additional organizations, please leave a comment below. 

As in any situation such as this, you should do your research before donating. The list below contains the suggested groups we saw mentioned again and again, and we feel confident they are all valid. The Federal Trade Commission recommends you avoid charities that spring up too suddenly in response to current events and natural disasters. In addition, Charity Navigator, which identifies worthy charities, has a good list of organizations that are responding in the aftermath of Harvey.

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lorrna said:
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living here and watching, listening and experiencing the devastation I appreciate your thoughts.  I did hear a group of teachers that were helping in the GRB and were in need of comfort articles that the special needs and autistic children had lost in the storm. Not sure of the specifics but had not even thought of those needs before hearing the story. 

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Lorna - Thank you so much for your direct experience. If you get further details of the teachers' needs, please let us know and we would be happy to share.

Linda said:
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Thank you so much for this list. It has been overwhelming to see the number of people outside of Texas and the Houston area that are helping in this disaster. Please keep those of us south of Houston in your thoughts and prayers. The rivers have yet to crest in our area and many are still evacuating daily and watching the waters rise. 

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Linda - Thank you for giving us your perspective - it is so important that we understand the wide, wide area that this affects and that the need for help will be ongoing. 

Patsy Wright-Sweetra said:
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Any time there is a natural disaster where donations are asked for, I automatically donate to two organizations, The Red Cross and The Humane Society. I learned after Katrina that money is what they needed most so that is what they get from me. And my heart, thoughts, and prayers. Always. I can't bear the thought of what these families are, and will be, going through and I wish I could give them all a great big hug. Thank you for providing the information.

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Patsy - Thank you for confirming those options that we list above. And, thank you so much much for your help.

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tsnsewlady - Thank you for your suggestion... and for your help!

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@Michelle - Thank you so much for the additional option. We've added it to the list above. And yes, the need for help will go on for months!

JanetD said:
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thanks for including this information on your website.  I donated to the Houston Food Bank yesterday.  So sad for so many people -- my heart goes out to all of them!

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@JanetD - Thank you so much for your support. And, please keep helping as you can.

Radha said:
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I live in Houston and am very impressed that you have included this information.  Thank you so much Sew4Home!!

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Radha - You are SO welcome. If we've missed any groups that you know of locally, please let us know. 

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Sue - You're welcome. Please consider helping if you can.

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