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Charity of the Month | Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief

by Sica Schmitz | Posted on September 01 2017

Much has been lost in the wake of Hurricane Harvey - lives, homes, cherished belongings. My heart absolutely breaks for the many people and animals affected by this tragedy.  

The issues we are fighting against in sustainable fashion are inherently linked to this disaster - climate change, inequality, and the safety of humans and animals - but just as much so are the values we're seen demonstrated: hope, kindness, and community. Those of us who work in and wear sustainable fashion already know the power of clothing both on ourselves and on the world around us, and now is an even more important time to use that power to help those who need it most.

I've been thinking about how myself and my company can best be of service right now, and since it's a new month and time to pick a fresh new cause, I've decided that this month instead of giving back with our normal Charity of the Month donation, we're going to be giving forward. There are many incredible organizations working in all areas of disaster relief, but often it is the more subtle things that get overlooked. We'll be using a portion of each sale to supply items such as socks, bras, underwear, and clothing directly to individuals and families in the Houston area, and would love for you to join us in helping bring comfort and dignity back into the bodies and closets of the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Beyond the difference each Bead & Reel purchase will make, consider this an open invitation to clean out your closet, too. If you're in Los Angeles, you can call or email us to arrange a time to drop clean clothing donations by our studio. If you're anywhere else in the country, you can mail your pre-loved fashion to:

Bead & Reel
2684 Lacy Street Unit 206
Los Angeles, CA 90031

Or we highly encourage you to find a local donation drop off in your area as well.

We're accepting clothing donations from individuals as well as overstock donations from other fashion companies, and can provide a tax donation receipt upon request.

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If you're looking for additional ways to help, I highly recommend this list of organizations put together by Celeste P for Medium:

1. The Texas Diapers Bank

Diapers aren’t always included in disaster relief kits. So the Texas Diapers Bank is putting together relief kits for family.

Donation here: https://texasdiaperbank.networkforgood.com/projects/33717-change-a-life

2. The SPCA of Texas

Animals are always displaced in the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster. Organizations like the SPCA take them in, feed them and try to reunite with families.

Donate here: https://spca.org/give

3. Save the Children

Save the Children has a Harvey-specific relief fund.

Donate here:https://secure.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.9534757/k.CB79/Hurricane_Harvey_Relief_Fund/apps/ka/sd/donor.asp

4. AirBNB (Donate days, or sign up for help)

If you operate an AirBNB in North Texas, you can donate days from your rental for those who are need in help.

If you are someone who is in need of a place to stay, you can also sign up on this list. Make sure to spread the word.

Donate days or sign up here: https://www.airbnb.com/disaster/hurricaneharveyevacuees

5. Donate to individual Harvey-related GoFundMe campaigns

GoFundMe has aggregated all Harvey-related GoFundMe campaigns onto a single page.

(Please make sure you vet the campaigns)

Donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/hurricaneharvey

6. Donate to the Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi

Here’s a story recapping their efforts to get NICU babies out, prior to Harvey’s arrival. They work to help children in need.

Donate here: http://www.driscollchildrens.org/giving/ways-to-give

7. Donate to the Humane Society of North Texas

Like the SPCA, the Humane Society of North Texas are taking in pets displaced by Harvey.

Donate here: https://www.hsnt.org/donate/

8. Donate blood to the Carter Blood Bank, if you’re local

Are you in the area? You can donate blood to the Carter Blood Bank.

Info here: https://ww2.greatpartners.org/donor/schedules/centers

9. In your own state, you can find out if your state’s urban search and rescue teams are being deployed to Texas.

E.g. These are California’s teams. I’m asking our local elected officials if they’re being deployed.

10. Donate to the Baker-Ripley Neighborhood Center

They’re a local community center, who also helps in the event of disasters like Harvey.

Donate here: https://www.bakerripley.org/locations/baker-ripley-neighborhood-center

11. Donate to local food banks like the Galveston Food Bank

They’ll definitely be on hand, to help communities.

Donate here: https://www.bakerripley.org/locations/baker-ripley-neighborhood-center

12. Donate to Portlight.org, a disaster relief organization specifically focusing on disaster relief for disabled people

Donate here (links to Paypal; the link can be found on the original site): https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=5leKomNK3gUT21xzdAAo0_nAFlAf9LQgcfmYxekVCkTp_I0ebnwlqs4v0GsygH-T90wnIG&country.x=US&locale.x=US

13. Donate to Houston Food Bank/Feeding Texas (two more food banks mobilizing)

Houston Food Bank donation link: http://www.houstonfoodbank.org/donate/

Feeding Texas donation link (not Harvey-specific): https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/feeding-texas

14. Donate to Team Rubicon

Team Rubicon uses the skills of military veterans to help deploy to emergency response teams, and was highly recommended.

Donate here (it’s a pop-up): https://teamrubiconusa.org

15. Global Giving has a dedicated Harvey fund

And you can donate here: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/hurricane-harvey-relief-fund/

16. Direct Relief is sending money to specific Texas resources

Detailing here: https://www.directrelief.org/2017/08/winds-rain-batter-texas-coast-direct-relief-hurricane-harvey-response-underway/

Donate here: https://secure.directrelief.org/site/Donation2?df_id=2105&mfc_pref=T&2105.donation=form1&_ga=2.165063551.136280781.1503866979-952875362.1503866979

17. The Texas Library Association has a dedicated fund to help libraries rebuild

Donate here: https://squareup.com/store/txla

18. Donate both financially and supplies to Little Lobbyists

Little Lobbyists did a tremendous job fighting against the ACA repeal, and are stepping up to the plate again, to help address the challenges facing medically-complex kids in areas impacted by Harvey.

Check out their list of donation requests here: http://www.littlelobbyists.org/harvey/

19. Donors Choose have created a Harvey-specific fund

Donate here: https://www.donorschoose.org/hurricane-harvey

20. The Mayor of Houston has created a fund for the city, via the Greater Houston Community Foundation

Donate here: https://ghcf.org/hurricane-relief/

21. Insulin for Life and Project Blue November are collecting both supplies and donations for those impacted by diabetes in Texas.

Donate here: http://ifl-usa.org

 

As always, thank you for your support of Bead & Reel, and your commitment to bettering the world with your everyday actions and purchases. 

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