At times, I find myself pausing and reflecting back a year and trying to remember what happened in the days immediately following Hurricane Harvey. I think about what I was doing, progress on the remediation at the J and renovation plans going forward.
There are many images that I recall, but one that resonates is the outpouring of support from people locally, regionally and nationally. We received critical supplies, clothing and water by the truckloads, including many that were shipped directly to the J via Amazon to distribute to families in need. Sitting in synagogue yesterday for Yom Kippur, it occurred to me that as a community we have an opportunity to give back and help those impacted by Hurricane Florence.
There are many ways to provide support to communities impacted: cash contributions through the Jewish Federation, American Red Cross or by donating critical supplies. One way to provide support is through online donations via Amazon that can be shipped directly to organizations. One such organization is the Diaper Bank of North Carolina. Visit their Amazon wish list to donate supplies, or search for other organizations assisting with relief efforts.
There are many ways to help. Choose one that is meaningful to you, but please consider making a difference the way that individuals from around the world made a difference in Houston 12 months ago.
Joel Dinkin, CEO
Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center
Additional Relief Efforts
In response to Hurricane Florence: MAYOR SYLVESTER TURNER, COORDINATES HOUSTON PAYING IT FORWARD HURRICANE RELIEF RESPONSE TO HURRICANE FLORENCE.
At the direction of Mayor Sylvester Turner, the Houston Relief Hub will coordinate Houston's Paying It Forward Hurricane Relief Response to Hurricane Florence. The relief effort will accept donations this Saturday and Sunday at the George R Brown Convention Center from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM.
George R. Brown Convention Center
Hall B-3 off Chartres St. (located 3rd level Ramp GRB)
1001 Avenida de las Americas Dr.
Houston, TX 77010
The Mayor’s Office has contacted relief groups in the region who are requesting:
• Cleaning supplies (especially with bleach)
• Personal hygiene items
• Nonperishable food
• Bottled water
• Pet food and supplies
Houstonians are encouraged to donate these items this Saturday and Sunday at George R. Brown between 9 AM and 5 PM. Mayor Turner will personally hand off the items in Columbia, South Carolina next week, where relief efforts for coastal communities in both states are being concentrated. In addition to donations, the Hub requests volunteers to assist with coordination, sorting, and loading of donations. If you are able to volunteer please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org with the day and time you can help. Volunteer shifts will be 9AM-12PM, 12PM-3PM, and 3PM-6PM Saturday and Sunday.
Financial contributions can be made directly to the One SC Fund: https://www.yourfoundation.org/community-impact/one-sc-fund-sc-flood-relief