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Helping Houston through Hurricane Harvey

  • Houston shelter
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    Facebook | Marcus Ceniceros
  • Supplies being sorted
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    Facebook | Marcus Ceniceros
  • Beds in shelter
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    Facebook | Marcus Ceniceros

Hurricane Harvey continues to pour rain in and around the Houston area. Our city is doing the best it can — from city officials and school board members to the Red Cross and all the volunteers.

In the coming days and weeks, there will be lots of ways to help Houston recover. If you're able to donate, please give.

LEE member Staci Childs has set up a page to support those people she knows who are directly affected in her community. She will be purchasing flashlights, canned goods, toiletries and other necessities, and delivering them. And if you need support yourself, contact her directly.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund that will accept tax deductible relief donations for victims that have been affected by the recent floods. The fund will be housed at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity.

You can also donate to the Houston Independent School District Foundation, which is helping students and families recover. Other schools, including KIPP and YES Prep schools, are collecting donations, as well. What I like about the donations to the school systems is that they will be able to assign dollars to a student’s family they know needs the support. It’s also going to go toward refurbishing the schools that have been flooded.

Americares will help provide emergency medicine and supplies to people caught in Hurricane Harvey’s devastating path. First-responders, families, the elderly and injured are all in desperate need of aid, medicine and basic supplies. Many more resources, links and ways to pitch in are also available here and information about how to protect yourself from donation scams here.

One thing has been clear — this storm has shown us the character of Houston. In the toughest of times, we showed up and took care of one another. It's been an insane few days, but everywhere you look, you can feel the love.

Marcus Ceniceros is the LEE Director of Regional Impact for Houston.