Houston has a very special place in my heart. It is where I was born & raised, went to college, & lived in for 20 something years. It is a city with an amazing community & people.

In August 2017, Houston was hit by the devastating Hurricane Harvey & needs our help. Below is a variety of ways that you can help Houston in this time of tragedy.

It will be a long road to recovery, so anything helps at any time.

This list will be updated regularly so if you have any links to add, please leave them in the comments here or e-mail me at shannon@essellesse.com

Where to Donate ::

 

How to Help The Animals ::

  • Houston SPCA
  • Austin Pets Alive! They transported more than 235 animals to their shelter & running out of storage place for all the supplies so please consider donating financially.
  • American Humane Emergency Efforts
  • Bat World Sanctuary. One thing you may or may not know about Houston is the strong bat colony, specifically by the Waugh Bridge in Montrose & Watonga in northwest Houston. Bats are essential for Houston’s ecology & pest control, especially mosquitos {which can carry various viruses & diseases}. Now, more than ever, Houston needs their bats. More information on the bats here.

 

Businesses to Support ::

 

Houston Area Food Banks & Surrounding Regions ::

NOTE :: Please consider donating money vs food because it allows the food bank to use the donation to proivde food more efficiently. More info on why here.

Other Places to Help ::

  • I Have Food, I Need Food. A collaborative effort of Houston chefs / restaurants / volunteers sourcing food to donate where needed. Commercial kitchens / caterers can register to help & shelters can register if they need food.
last updated 09.06.17

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My heart goes out to all those affected by the fires. I’ve been trying to find ways to help from SF & here’s what I could find. Anything else, please let me know:
⚜️ donations for hygiene kits for firefighters via @simplythebasics
⚜️ @rocketdogrescue is accepting respirator masks & looking for foster families
⚜️ @reedandgreenough in the Marina is donating 15% of sales tomm 11/17 from 4-7 to the Red Cross
⚜️ @hitopssf in the castro is donating all sales tomorrow 11/17 to benefit victims of Camp Fire
⚜️ #MaskOakland is giving n95 masks to the homeless and need volunteers to help distribute
⚜️ @overheardmarinasf is posting what local bars are giving  back and they have a link to donate in their bio
⚜️ @kellymoorepaint is giving away masks while supplies last
⚜️ @sf_octavia in pac heights is donating $1 per cover to California Community Foundation
⚜️ @wckitchen is accepting donations to feed first responders and evacuees
⚜️ @halohalocollective is hosting a clothing drive in SOMA on Sunday from 12-3 to help fire victims - contact @msnerriss for more info
⚜️ text CAWILDFIRES to 90999 to make a $10 donation to the @americanredcross
⚜️ @sanfranciscospca is accepting donations for emergency shelter and vet care & trying to help owners find their pets
⚜️ @livermorevalleywinecountry is donating 10% of all proceeds this weekend to benefit fire victims
⚜️ @watchmesip started a donation page to raise funds for victims
⚜️ @sierranevada has a camp fire relief fund and donating clothing to those who need
⚜️ @airbnb is helping displaced residents and relief workers find a place to stay for free
⚜️ @sudwerkbrew is hosting an event tomorrow at Davis Senior Center to help all affected. Entry = a gift card of any amount to a store that sells groceries, housewares, or clothing {like target, cvs, safeway, etc}
⚜️ 100% of funds donated to @northvalleycf will go directly to victims
.... any others, please share 🙏🏻 stay safe y’all x
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Here’s why: For November, they are celebrating Japan and it’s so dope. The drink menu is styled like a manga comic, & they have some of the coolest sakes I’ve ever had. Even though I’m just drinking wine here {@royaltokaji the oddity dry furmint if we’re being a specific, #hipster I know - dope winelist, you will love, get something craycray}, but after this glass I had this one sake that blew me away... you might have seen it in my stories: basically “rosé sake” and it was one of the coolest things I’ve ever drank... and I’ve drank lots of things in this life of mine lol 😇
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Anyways, it was called AMABUKI GIN NO KIRENAI JUNMAI • @amabukishuzo_official. In the glass, it was PINK, and tasted slightly sweet & fruity. It got its colour from using ancient black rice. If you see this, you have to get it and shoot me a DM while you’re at it so I can have some sake fomo 😅🍶✨
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