Making A Positive Difference in Texas

Although the epic winter storm in Texas is gone, the damage it left in its wake continues. Families displaced, homes and apartments destroyed – there are many people who suffered a great deal of loss.

Here are a few links to several groups I respect and trust who are doing the hard work to help families here in Texas. These “boots on the ground” organizations are making a tangible difference in the lives of families devastated by the recent winter storm.

Operation Care: https://operationcareinternational.org/

Texas Baptist Men: https://www.tbmtx.org/

Buckner International: https://www.buckner.org/blog/hope-after-winter-storm-uri

Samaritans Purse: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/

Each of these organizations offer hope to those who are trying  to sort through the damage of the storm. Please reach out to them if you need help. These organizations also offer opportunities to volunteer and give. Each of us must prayerfully consider ways we can help.

I want to encourage you to reach out personally to those you know who may have experienced loss during the storm. Simply checking in with family, friends and neighbors can make a positive difference to someone in need. We can’t do everything, but we can do something. Let’s each take one step to serve, care, pray and give.

One specific ministry that could use your help right now is Exodus Ministries in Dallas. This ministry offers transition housing for women and their families. Our Engage Parenting program has the privilege of leading parenting classes for them. We recently found out that they experienced a tremendous amount of damage and loss at their residential apartment complex. Please consider prayerfully giving to help them in this time of need.  Click here:  www.exodusministries.org

Texans Helping Texans

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Many of our fellow Texans have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Here are a few ways you can help.  If you live in the Dallas area, Trusted World is accepting donations for the evacuees. They work in coordination with the Red Cross and FEMA.

Current Needs:
 
New underwear and socks (all sizes)
Non-Perishable food
Toiletries
Feminine hygiene products
Baby diapers, wipes and formula
 
Donation Drop Off:
 
15660 Dallas Parkway, Dallas TX
 
Directions
 
Donation Hours:
 
Tuesday through Friday 9 am to 7 pm
 
Volunteer hours:
 
10 am to 8 pm. You can sign up for a 2-hour shift. If the sign-ups are full, go ahead and come when you can!

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Also, Goodwill is accepting donations, when you drop them off, say they are for Harvey victims

You can also donate funds to organizations who are on the front lines. Two disaster relief organizations that I believe are very effective are Samaritans Purse and Texas Baptist Men. Please click on the links to find out what you can do.