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?

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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30 Bee Puns To Get You Through The Day

These puns are as sweet as honey.

There are few things in life that make me happier (and/or make me want to bury my face in my hands and groan loudly) than a well timed pun. This goes double if the pun involves some my favorite insects — bees. There's nothing quite as satisfying as uttering a bee pun when no one expects it, so here is a list of the top 30 bee puns around!

Use these puns to make your grandparents laugh, impress your date, spice up your Tinder profile, make friends with a beekeeper, break the ice at your new job or make everyone in the general vicinity wish they hadn't invited you to come hang out with them. You won't bee-lieve how many of these puns you'll be pollen for! You'll bee-come an instant hit at parties! You'll bee sure to thank me later.

1. "When a bee is in your hand, what's in your eye? Beauty. Because beauty is in the eye of the bee-holder."

2. "Bee puns really sting.

3. "Who's a bee's favorite singer? Bee-yoncé."

4. "What's a happy bumblebee's blood type? Bee positive!"

5. "Bee puns aren't that great. I don't get what all the buzz is about."

6. "Wasp are you talking about?"

7. "Naughty bee children really need to beehive."

8. "What kind of bees drop things? Fumble bees!"

9. "A bee's favorite haircut is a buzz cut!"

10. "What do you call a bee that's a sore loser? A cry bay-bee!"

11. "What's a bee's favorite flower? Bee-gonias!"

12. "Why do bees get married? Because they found their honey!"

13. "That bee is talking too quietly, it must be a mumble-bee!"

14. "Bee children take the school buzz to get to school."

15. "A bee's favorite sport is rug-bee."

16. "The bees went on strike because they wanted more honey and less working flowers."

17. "On the first day of class, bee students are given a sylla-buzz."

18. "What did one bee say to the other when they landed on the same flower? Buzz off."

19. "Who's a bee's favorite painter? Pablo Bee-casso!"

20. "A bee styles their hair with a honeycomb."

21. "When a bee writes a sonnet, they're waxing poetic."

22. "The worker bee decided to take a vacation to Stingapore last year."

23. "A bee that's been put under a spell has been bee-witched!"

24. "Say, these bee puns aren't too shab-bee."

25. "That pretentious wasp is just plain snob-bee!"

26. "Why did the bee want to use the phone? To say hi to their honey."

27. "A bee's favorite novel is the Great Gats-bee."

28. "What's a bee's favorite Spice Girls song? Wanna-bee!"

29. "What do bees like with their sushi? Wasa-bee!"

30. "Remember, bee puns are good for your health, they give you a dose of Vitamin Bee!"

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Poem: To The Painting Above Me

A poem to the sky.

To the painting above me, thank you.

You teach me that each day brings a blank canvas.

New colors and patterns that are never set in stone,

Always changing to make a brand-new picture.

You offer me a fresh start every morning,

Just like your sunrises.

To the painting above me, thank you.

You show me that not every day brings light,

Dark clouds and loud cracks, rare breakdowns

Casting a gloomy shadow for short periods of time.

You tell me that it’s okay to cry; even the sky does sometimes,

Just like your rainy days.

To the painting above me, thank you.

You remind me that good things do come.

Radiating warmth and baby blues, sun breaking through

Even after raging storms, always returning with elegance.

You stress to me that hard times pass only to bring bliss and happiness,

Just like your bright blue skies.

To the painting above me, thank you.

You offer rest and relief, even on my worst days.

Calm endings and colors fading out,

Tucking away all the chaos to reveal a picturesque ending.

You point out to me that timing is everything; it brings beauty and peace,

Just like your sunsets.

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