Friends, the stories of people having to evacuate continue to grow. Please join with us as we pray for this community during unprecedented flooding and devastation. Lord, be near.
Sarah’s cousin Shiloh and her husband live in Sante Fe, Texas, and their home now sits in the middle of Dickinson Bayou. Thankfully, a neighbor with a canoe was able to reach Shiloh and her husband, Chris, and all five of their kids, plus their dogs and cats.
Then when the neighbors house flooded, both families walked almost a mile in chest deep water out to the main road where heroes loaded all 13 of them into a truck. They are about to move from one evacuation home to another, because the group has grown to 18 people.
You may have also heard about several other evacuations underway, like the 15 rescued from the Dickinson nursing home. Praise God.
— Timothy J. McIntosh (@DividendsMGR) August 27, 2017
Or, the sweet newborn babies being evacuated. Lord, thank you for bringing them to safety.
When devastation occurs, I’m always reminded of this Mr. Rogers quote.
Thank you to the heros, the first responders, the families risking everything and everyone who are rallying together to help. Check out our list of ways you can get involved!
Here are some specific ways to help those that are displaced from the Texas Monthly.
To Help Those Displaced
If you’re not in one of the affected areas and you have a spare room, you can host someone by listing your home on Airbnb for free, with no service fees to anyone. Right now, most of the listings are in Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio. If you’re in any of those cities—or another part of the state that’s not experiencing flooding—you might consider listing your space so displaced people have more options.
In Dallas, Trusted World is operating three shelters for evacuees. They need donations, supplies (clean clothing, non-perishable food, toiletries, diapers, and baby formula), and volunteers to help sort out the things that people have dropped off.
Global Giving is trying to raise $2 million to help those affected by the storm. As of this writing, they’ve raised $43,000, but the campaign had just launched. The organization provides food, gas, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter in the short-term, and then funnels the remaining resources to local organizations to facilitate long-term recovery.