The state of Texas is currently under emergency. The flood in Houston is catastrophic and the coast line has been shredded. After frightening weather predictions for San Antonio, the storm decided to take a bit of a turn. I’ve heard it said that it missed us by just 30 miles. 30 miles. Can you imagine? If the winds had just blown that a little more our way, we could be in just as dire a predicament as Houston and its surrounding areas are currently in.
If you’ve been watching the news coverage and have felt compelled to help, but haven’t been sure how to start, here are 10 ways that you AND your children can help right now, from right here in San Antonio.
- Take your little ones to drop off lunch/dinner/treats to your first-responders at local Fire & Police stations to let them know you appreciate them
- Drop off donations (including non-food items) to the San Antonio Food Bank or sign up for a volunteer shift, children are welcome to join you!
- Drop off donations to your nearest City Council Members’ Office
- Volunteer with the Red Cross
- Donate blood with the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center – Donor Pavillion and receive a FREE meal from Bill Miller
- Donate diapers to the Texas Diaper Bank
- Donate, foster or adopt a pet from City of San Antonio Animal Care Services
- Donate, foster or adopt a pet from San Antonio Pets Alive
- Donate to the San Antonio Zoo who’ll be flying to Houston to help animals at their Zoo and Aquarium
- Text HARVEY to 90999 to immediately donate $10 to the Red Cross
I was feeling really passionate about finding ways I could help make an impact, no matter how small. But as a mom of 4, it’s also incredibly important to me that the minis take part in things like this with me; spreading the kindness, helping those in need, volunteering… So the first thing we came up with was to head to our closest fire station to take them a few treats, just as a way of letting them know we appreciate them and all the help they provide the community, especially in time of emergency such as this. If you follow my Facebook page, you probably saw my Facebook Live video of us at the station. The firefighters were so surprised, grateful, and kind. The minis loved being able to brighten up their day (and climbing all over the fire trucks)!
With news of the 1,000+ evacuees SA is currently housing (and feeding), the San Antonio Food Bank was next in our thoughts. I got in touch with their volunteer coordinator to make sure the minis could accompany me to a volunteer shift, and they said yes! Off we went for our first of many shifts. Even the 2 yr. old squish did his part amazingly and we had no problems making it through the 2.5hrs., which went by quickly.
I’m soo fiercely proud of my brood, but more importantly, they’re proud of themselves. They’ve already asked when we can go back for another volunteer shift at the Food Bank. Grab your family and head over for a shift, or choose one of the other ways you can help, and get started!