4 Ways You Can Help With Hurricane Harvey Relief

4 Ways You Can Help With Hurricane Harvey Relief

How can we as a nation come together to support those in the wake of disaster?
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Natural disasters are slamming the states in the transition between the summer month of August to fall.

Disastrous flooding struck Texas just days ago leaving hundreds trapped in flood zones, thousands of homes destroyed, and many lives of family and friends lost. Experts have now predicted Hurricane Irma will ravage the Carribean and Florida within the early days of September as it is now a category 5 storm. A sense of hopelessness lingers over residents in Houston while those occupying Florida stay frozen with the impending arrival of this tropical storm. In times such as these, the essence of human spirit and soul is revealed through the extrodinary movement for support and community. Here are some ways our nation has already taken an initiative to help and some other ways you can help these devastating causes.

1. American Red Cross

The American Red Cross hosts a website which provides information and support for the families affected by Hurricane Harvey. The site already occupied by high volumes of donators, allows fiscal donations to be made in all increments. In addition, citizens are able to register as volunteers to help those in affected areas.

2. Charity Navigator

Charity navigator is a website which gives information of hundreds of organizations from emergency care charities to hunger institutions. A variety of volunteer and donation options are available as well as information regarding each charity. Additionally, the site has posted a Hurricane Relief section on the homepage which lists organizations already looking to collect donations anticipating Hurricane Irma’s arrival along with donations for Hurricane Harvey’s destruction in Texas. “Giving baskets” are donated to families in need and is one of the sites most popular feature.

3. Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief

Celebrities are often praised for using their public influence to create such an impact in the world. A-list stars such as Beyonce, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Barbra Streisand, Reese Witherspoon and Oprah Winfrey are scheduled to appear in a one-hour telethon September 12th. The benefit will air 8 p.m. ET across ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and cabler CMT. The proceeds from the event is to be distributed to a variety of emergency relief organizations and charities across the nation. Big name organizations include Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children and the Mayor’s Fund for Hurricane Harvey Relief.

4. Feeding Texas, South Texas Blood and Tissue Center

Those both in the Texas area and all over the nation can donate clothing and food to Feeding Texas. Many evacuees are stranded with limited resources in the midst of contaminated waters, compromised shelter, and sickness. Additionally, South Texas Blood and Tissue Center is encouraging anyone within the health guidelines to donate. Partnering hospitals, as well as blood drives, are all working together to get blood to those facing physical harm from the flooding.

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11 Scary Phrases You, A College Student, Will Hear In Class Before Halloween

It's spooky time, Witches.

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Even though it's the beginning of September, college students have to deal with scary things all day, every day, regardless if it's Halloween or not, contrary to popular belief.

Not only do college students have to deal with overwhelming amounts of homework, but life really can be hard, why lie?

If school work doesn't frustrate you to the ends of the earth, friend drama, family drama, or just having an awful moment can turn your good day into one of the worst ones in history.

When it comes to bad days, all's fair in love and war, unfortunately.

Sometimes your soul will skyrocket out of the atmosphere because you're just so frustrated, while other time's you'll just give up on the spot, but whatever the case may be, it's going to be OK.

There's plenty of people on this world that relate to your pain. We understand.

Here's to all the spooky things you'll hear before Halloween.

1. "Single Spaced Essay's." 

That moment when the Professor thinks it's a wonderful idea to introduce a ten-page paper that's not due until Christmas, but it has to be single-spaced.

2. "Did you do the homework?" 

Uh - what homework?

3. "Hey, your Student Loans called." 

I can pay them back with my three dollars, right?

4. "The wifi isn't working." 

Scenario: It's 11:50 p.m. on the day your assignment's due, and your WiFi cut off just as you were about to press submit. Spooky.

5. "Are you ready for the midterm?" 

Let's be real, when is anyone really ready for Midterms?

6. "This is a group-related project." 

Why can't I just do my work alone? I'm not the only one that can't function with group projects, right?

7. "What are you doing after graduation?" 

If you asked me what I wanted to do in the future three years ago, I could've responded. Now, I'm just taking it day by day, my dude.

8. "Have you seen my headphones?" 

The worst feeling ever is trying to find your headphones, only to realize they're missing.

9. *Looks at Tuition Fees* 

Why? Just, why?

10. "I won't be here to teach the class, but you still have to come." 

Why can't you just cancel class? Please?

11. "I hope everyone did the reading for today. Pop Quiz!" 

Darn it.

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Hurricane Florence’s Untimely Arrival To UNCC’s Campus

I don’t know what to expect!

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Anytime someone hears that there's a hurricane approaching they immediately drive to the nearest Walmart and stockpile cases of water into their grocery cart. Well, Charloittans now face the "immediate doom" that is Hurricane Florence. Even President Donald Trump has twitted about Florence, so it's imperative that we all take this hurricane seriously.

UNC Charlotte students are severely impacted by the hurricane because it's an inconvenience, it's scary, and it's a hassle trying to prepare for. Majority of college students are away from home, so they aren't particularly as prepared as their parents would be if a hurricane hit. The only positive for students is that classes are canceled, but so are cafeterias and on-campus fooderies. Students have to live off of sandwiches and Ramon noodles for two or three days. It's a tough time for students during a hurricane, and parents don't make it easier by calling them hundreds of times during the week.

A hurricane can be scary, especially when compared to Henry and Katrina, but North Carolinians, in general, have a tendency to overreact to any type of severe weather. I have a memory of my mother lighting candles during a thunderstorm, but our lights didn't go out. We'll see if Hurricane Florence is an overreaction, or if it is a threat to all North Carolinians. I learned about Florence from a friend, and I never even thought about it affecting us. I always feel bad for others when a hurricane hits there state or city, but I never really think of what I'd do if I was in their position. The last hurricane I remember hitting North Carolina was Hurricane Fran, and our lights were out for about a week.

I don't know if Florence will knock out all of Charlotte's lights, but if it does I'll make sure to have flashlights near me. I'm near UNC Charlotte's campus, and it's going to be interesting to see people's reactions, and the damage the hurricane causes. It's been a long time since a hurricane has affected all of North Carolina, so I don't know what to expect. I do know that I will be safely inside, and hope anyone reading this will be as well. I'm praying for everyone affected by this hurricane, and I hope everyone is safe after it hits.

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