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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Sunset Skies And Salty Skin

These pictures will almooooost make you feel like you're on vacation.

Everyone has a happy place right? Mine is by a beach. Always has been, always will.

I think the beach has something magical about it and it always has a way of making any big problem seem small. My family goes to the beach be it rainy, sunny, cold or hot- Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter. I think that's why it's my go-to place.

But Chloe, please tell us why you're going on and on about the beach.

Well, I just spent a week of my Spring Break at the beach and turns out it wasn't enough time. I'm extremely nostalgic right about now.

Can you tell?

Considering I'm going through a very hard time and not dealing well with spring break withdrawal, I thought I would try a little experiment.

I'm gonna use Odyssey as my therapy.


Below is a compilation of pretty Sunset pictures that I've taken in the past. I'm hoping that by just viewing the image, it'll help me (and hopefully you as well) make it through the next couple of weeks (i.e. until Summer).

Now, excuse me while I play background music that sounds like I'm in the Caribbean and continue to stare at these pictures until I magically get transported back to a beach somewhere.

Palma de Mallorca, Spain: I would say the view isn't that shabby...

Cahors, France: Can you say Cotton candy skies?

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina: My all time happy place.

Somewhere along the Camino de Santiago in Spain. But here's the catch: this is actually a sunrise picture — I just thought it was pretty.

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina: Did I tell you guys that this is my happy place? No? Because it is.

Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.: Not minding these views at all.

Somewhere along the coast in Maryland: One of the top sunsets I've ever seen, the pictures don't do it justice.

Well, turns out the pictures weren't the 100% reality but they were close enough. I guess I'll just have to content myself with 1) staycation 2) Charlottesville sunsets. Which 1) can be a lot of fun, time to explore Charlottesville as much as I can until I graduate and 2) the sunsets here are also out of this world.

I guess it's time to stop thinking the grass is greener on the other side and appreciating what I have in front of me!

But hey, I'm human and I like tropical drinks on sandy beaches. Can ya blame me?

Cover Image Credit: Chloe Laird

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I've Held My Tongue Long Enough, It's Time To Address The Problem That Is Air Conditioning In The South

What’s the point of owning a fridge when your dorm room is a balmy 58 degrees?

I am always cold. Not just chilly, but actually freezing cold. You’d think that as a Wisconsinite I’d be able to handle a little bit of chilliness in Alabama, but sadly the south is even colder than Wisconsin. Ok— hear me out.

In Wisconsin, everyone dresses seasonally appropriate for the winter. No one thinks twice about wearing a parka when it’s 35 degrees or below (usually below). In Alabama, no one owns a coat, much less a parka. You can’t prepare for the cold in Alabama because it’s 85 degrees one week and 45 the next and trust me, 45 degrees is cold when you were lying out by the pool two days earlier.

Anyways, it’s not the weather I want to address with y’all... it’s your ridiculous air conditioning.

I've held my tongue for the past four years, but seriously, why is the air conditioning always the temperature of a refrigerator? What’s the point of owning a fridge when your dorm room is a balmy 58 degrees?

But really, let’s all just agree to keep the air conditioning at 70 or above. It doesn’t matter if it’s scorching outside, 70 is still a good air conditioning temperature.

If it’s 38 degrees outside, it’s ok to use heat. Turning the air on 72 won’t fix anything. Spoiler alert, putting your air on 72 when it’s 38 degrees will only make your house colder. Turn your heat on 72.

I’m sorry for the rant, but this is something that just needed to be said. I don’t think we should have to bring our winter coats to class when it’s hot outside just because the air conditioning is giving us hypothermia. Let’s just agree to set the air at a reasonable temperature.



Every Cold Natured Person Living In The South

Cover Image Credit: Madison Linnihan

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