Natural disasters have a way of revealing natural truths. Hurricane Harvey, which is still devastating my first home city and state of Houston, TX, is doing just that. Watching coverage, reading articles, flipping through pictures, and texting with loved ones has been heartbreaking and, surprisingly, reassuring. Just as our political and social differences started to hit a fever pitch, we have been brought right back down to reality:
At times like this, amid such immense devastation, we can feel helpless and disconnected from those suffering halfway across the country, but Mother Teresa was quick to remind us: “It is not the magnitude of our actions, but the amount of love that is put into them that matters.”
I know for me it seems impersonal to send money or just make a financial donation without the care and personal touch of a thoughtfully chosen item, lovingly wrapped with a note, but in disasters of this proportion, money directed to those closest to the people in need is often the best way to help. Here are several excellent, trustworthy organizations who will direct your generous contributions directly to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts:
Above all, let’s continue to pray for all of those who have been and will be impacted by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath.