Hermle Stands By Those Affected By Hurricane Harvey
Over the course of the weekend, our team at Hermle has been watching the news reports and photos coming in that relay the damage and utter devastation for those in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey. Many of us have friends and loved ones there as well as beloved customers with whom we’ve worked closely with over the years, and are keeping everyone in our thoughts and prayers.
While the destruction of Houston and the outlying counties is horrendous to watch, we are continually inspired and amazed by the outpouring of support, volunteer and aid efforts, and those who are continuing to donate to help those who are displaced.
Fred Rogers famously said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing there are still so many helpers—so many caring people in the world.”
If you would like to help, or know someone who might, please send the following information to them. We have collected the sources from all over the web and are sharing this in the hopes that it brings you comfort, solace, and perhaps even a method of some way to help. Sometimes when you’re so far away from the destruction, you aren’t sure where to turn when you want to contribute, and we hope these sources are helpful for you. Please note that Hermle North America is in no way aligned with or partnered with any of these organizations or resources.
As you can imagine, there is incredible need for financial support in additional to lengthy lists of food items, clothing, toiletries, diapers, infant formula, potable water, and countless other supplies that are currently in high demand.
Photo Credit: NY Times
Online Donation Centers:
American Red Cross
The Red Cross said they depend on financial donations to help provide immediate relief. They have already set up a way to donate to victims with a simple text. Text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. You can also visit redcross.org or call 1- 800-RED CROSS.
The Salvation Army
GHCF – Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
You can easily make an online donation to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund set up by Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, and administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.
JJ Watt Houston Flood Relief Fund
JJ is stuck in Dallas with the rest of the Texans team but that hasn’t stopped him from reaching out to support the city he calls home. He kicked the effort off with a fundraising goal of $200,000, a goal that was rapidly met. Now, with over 29,000 generous donors, the fund has raised $3.36 million and shows no signs of slowing down.
Amazon & Whole Foods Market
Amazon and Whole Foods Market are supporting efforts by matching cash donations up to $1 million made to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief.
We are inspired by the lovelies at Biscuit Home who are donating bedding to a family in need for every repost! Make sure to tag them in your post and use the hashtag #beddingforhouston so they know how much to donate!
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For those who would like to help in other ways, please be aware that it takes time to sort through clothes, bedding, food, etc., which in turn requires a lot of manpower. To help expedite the process, volunteers and donation centers are requesting the following:
- Separate out and clearly mark what is inside of each bag (i.e. Female clothing sizes 12-14, Male Clothing size Medium, Baby clothing size 12m, Baby bottles, canned food, etc.)
- If possible, organize a selection of new and packaged sanitary items such as toothbrushes and toothpaste, sanitary napkins, cotton balls, bandages, Neosporin, etc. and into separate Ziploc bags so that they are easier to distribute, which puts much needed supplies into the hands of the people you’re trying to help that much faster.
- Please do not donate unessential items like potted plants, kitchen wares, and home décor as those affected do not have anywhere to keep these items at this time.
A current shelter and needs list can be found here and most Houston shelters are requesting the following:
- New underwear (all sizes)
- Clean socks
- Prepackaged foods
- First Aid Supplies
- Feminine Products
- Travel sized shampoo/conditioner
- Over the Counter Medications (Ibuprofen, Tylenol, Benadryl, etc.)
- Trash Bags and Cleaning Supplies
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With all of the donations coming in, the city is in need of volunteers who can help sort and distribute supplies. Houstonia touches on that plus a few other ways you can make the most out of your time and energy:
- Deliver, sort, and help distribute donations at George R. Brown and neighborhood centers/shelters – You may not have money or goods to give, but, if your car is still operable, you can surely help deliver them!
- Remember your First Responders – The Houston Police Officers Union and the Houston Professionals Firefighter Union welcome gifts of clean/new underwear, socks, and freshly baked food goods. This also includes the military service men and women, and civilian volunteers who are coming from across the country to aid and assist.
- Think outside of the box – Don’t focus all of your energy on the bigger, well-known support efforts; there will be countless local organizations looking for support in the coming weeks and they need you!
Our love and support are with every single person affected by Hurricane Harvey. We stand strong by your side, we are rolling up our sleeves with millions of others to begin the healing process, and we have absolute faith that Houston will rise out of these waters more powerful and beautiful than ever.