Here at Push, we’re family.
When one of our own family members is in trouble, every single one of us feels it.
Right now, one of Push’s own, Brian Athey and his family, is feeling the emotional and devastating aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. And it’s not even over yet. This tragedy could not be happening to a more genuine and kind-hearted human being. The road ahead is going to be long and hard and we ask that instead of posting a #TexasStrong social pic, you put your money where your hashtags are.
Currently, Hurricane Harvey is still wreaking havoc on our fellow Americans in southeastern Texas. Harvey is considered to be a Category 4 hurricane with winds up to 130 miles per hour. The active tropical cyclone is causing unprecedented flooding and the shocking amount of rainfall has the potential to overflow regional dams, which will more than double the current scope of damage. At this rate, by Wednesday morning, there will have been more than 50 inches of rainfall since last Friday.
FEMA Director, Brock Long, is calling this the the worst disaster in Texas history. So far, the estimated economic loss is reported to be upwards of $40-$60 billion, with at least 15 precious lives lost. Evacuees have been strongly warned to stay away from their homes until notified otherwise by the authorities. Even a league of local heroes have launched rescue missions, by boat, in order to scan the flooded Houston-area horizons to save those that are trapped.
Recovery from the incomprehensible flooding is expected to take several years.
Here’s how YOU can help:
American Red Cross
American Red Cross is an organization that provides emergency and disaster relief. You can make a donation to Harvey victims by calling 1-800-REDCROSS or texting HARVEY to 90999.
Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services
The Salvation Army is taking donations for disaster relief by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or by mail:
The Salvation Army
PO BOX 2959
Atlanta, GA 30301
OR donate online at helpsalvationarmy.org
South Texas Blood and Tissue Center
This local blood center is seeking donations on their webpage to help those affected by the storm.
Texas Diaper Bank
This organization focuses their donations on children in disasters. They provide basic needs of babies during these unfortunate events.
Catholic Charities USA
The Catholic social services organization is providing relief though donations on their website and they’re focused on the “long term recovery.”
Austin Pets Alive!
A local no-kill animal shelter and pet advocacy group is also seeking assistance. They have put their specific needs on their website but need help to keep the animals safe during this unpleasant time. Visit their Facebook page here.
The room-sharing app is waiving all service fees for victims checking in between August 23rd and September 1st.
From the Push Family to yours, if we stand and support our fellow Americans, we CAN and WILL overcome such tragedy.