How to Help the People of Texas

How to Help the People of Texas 


As you all know, the situation in south Texas is dire. Millions of people are being affected. Someone superimposed the map of Houston over the northeast and it went from Boston to Manhattan. The problem with this is there is a LOT more area affected than just the greater Houston area.


The areas affected in Texas reach from central Texas all the way southeast across the state.  This is a huge geographic region. This area would most likely cover several smaller states completely.  Now imagine that those entire states were engulfed in flood water!


So what can you do?  There are some specific ways you can help right now where ever you are:


1.  Pray 

2.  Organize relief teams who can go and help. Clothing, food, money, helping hands, counselors, etc. will

      all be needed for a great many people.

3.  Send a donation.  JJ Watt from the Houston Texans has organized a fundraiser. There are also many,

      many more ways to donate through various relief efforts. Give as you feel led to do.

4.  Go through your closets, your extra clothes and shoes will be needed.

5.  Are there pieces of furniture you could donate?

6.  If you are a trained doctor or nurse, find out if you can assist in any way.

7.  First responders from outside of the area will be needed.

8.  Consider donating non-perishable foods and water to be sent to the area.

9.  Children will need toys as many have lost them all.

10. Blankets, towels and toiletries will be appreciated.


There are many, many ways to get involved. Just think, if the entire country pitches in, great strides could come from it. Every little bit helps.


Thank you to everyone who is reaching out to help. This is why we live in the greatest country in the world. We go to bat for our brothers and sisters in need.  Thank you.


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   Paula L. McDonald ~ REALTOR®

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Comment balloon 21 commentsPaula McDonald • August 28 2017 07:23PM


Every effort adds up to making an impact and making a difference.  No effort is too small. No donation is too small. No prayer is too small.  Let's just keep it all moving forward and never stop until Houston and the state is rebuilt!

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 1 year ago

Hi Paula so much is so needed by so many. Imagine if everybody in the USA donates what they can to make a tremendous difference to help Texas people to get back to their normal lives as quickly as possible. Yes, I know it's a long process but wouldn't it be great to think outside our box and find better way. Which I do think is happening so far between the feds and local government. They appear to be working well together.

Posted by Gary 'Banana' Houghtaling, Phoenix Real Estate Agent (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 1 year ago

Houston needs LOTS of help....however....having known people who are

seasoned volunteers....It is best if you have a contact first....wanting to help and having the skills required at the time are two very different things and people without experience at various stages of the city's recovery can be more of a hindrance than a help as many organizations have said.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 1 year ago

I hadn't thought of things like clothing and furniture. The problem would be logistics - who is collecting these items in various states?

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) over 1 year ago

Great Post! I hope it reaches alot of people.. It's so important that we help each other through this difficult times.. 

Posted by Tamra Lee Ulmer, FORCE~NRBA ~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD! (Arizona Resource Realty) over 1 year ago

Nice post, Paula McDonaldSally K. & David L. Hanson -- If we don't have experience in disaster relief, we can send $$$ to the organizations who are experienced and have workers on the scenes. 

Posted by John Mosier, Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142 (Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert) over 1 year ago

Hi Paula

The devastation is just unbelievable, and the recovery, once the rains are past, will take a very long time. ANYTHING people can do can help whether it's oney or donations. There are so many organizations and charities collecting funds. I would think the logistics of collecting donations and getting them to those in need is a major challenge. And housing will certainly be a tough issue, too.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) over 1 year ago

We have many families that have been placed in Burleson.   I know a few agents that have been delivering homemade meals, snacks and desserts.  They also need clothing. If you donate money ..please make sure your donation will make it to the people in need, 

Posted by Melissa Jackson, Helping You Make The Right Move (Citiwide Alliance Realty) over 1 year ago

All great ideas Paula. We should all make an effort do do our part in helping out.

For money donations, I also wrote a post about this: One Way To Help Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey: the REALTORS® Relief Foundation

Posted by Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR, Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations (WestUSA Realty) over 1 year ago

Every day the hope grows this will turn around the repair can begin. We support Texas in every way. Money right now is the best way!!! Stay Safe

Posted by Debra Leisek ( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska) over 1 year ago

it's nice to hear this from somebody who is in the area and wants to do good for his fellow man in the area and woman in the area! Thank you for posting and many blessings!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 1 year ago

Yes, there are many ways to help. Thank you for sharing.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, over 1 year ago

Our daycare just organized a supply drive that was focused on baby and toddler needs, which was just a great idea.  Even here in Charleston, SC the support is strong!

Posted by Lee Keadle, Keadle Real Estate Group (Carolina One Real Estate) over 1 year ago

Paula - I just posted this suggestion on my blog and I hope the Texas agents can help as many flood victims as possible.

Just a few weeks ago here in NJ a terrible fire destroyed a clients new home. The listing Realtor still had the Matterport 3D video and that video was a tremendous help expediting the homeowners insurance claim.  I was wondering if the Real Estate Agents of Texas and Louisiana could also come to the rescue of the many thousands of homeowners with photos, videos and notes from current and past listings?  

Posted by Joan Quirico, 18 Years in Real Estate Marketing (Accurate Agent, llc) over 1 year ago

Realtors are good at helping others and in situations like this, everything counts.  Thank you for writing such a great post to inspire others to come together, AS WE DO IN THIS COUNTRY, to help others.  And if you don't live close to Texas, donate to the Red Cross!

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) over 1 year ago

Group Prayers are most powerful, my respect to all volunteers and well wishers.


Posted by Deepak Chauhan, Irvine, CA ... the place to be (Versailles Property) over 1 year ago

As a Houston-area resident for 46 years (basically ALL my life :) we moved in 2016), I can tell you that Houstonians are very touched by the outpouring of love, concern, and compassion shown by those who were not severely affected by Harvey.  As I was listening to the radio yesterday, some donations centers were refusing any more donations as they were "flooded" with generosity!! How wonderful is that! The radio host did mention 2 things needed. New (ie unopened packages of) underwear and new socks.  Thank you to all who are so generously giving of their time, talent, and resources!

Posted by Sonja Patterson, Texas Monthly 5-Star Realtor Recipient for the Hou (Keller Williams - BV) over 1 year ago

There are so many ways we all can help. But prayer should be on top of the list for those who are truly suffering and then I would suggest donating $$$. I read somewhere today that the outpouring of clothing, toys are actually inundating the volunteers.  Temporary housing, food and safe drinking water will soon be an issue in the forefront that will need to be addressed.

Posted by Les & Sarah Oswald, Broker, Realtor and Investor (Realty One Group) over 1 year ago

Many hands that help creates a strong help force that can help in the recovery

of this devastated area.

All the blessings.

Our hearts are with you.

Posted by Shahar Hillel, Mortgage Consultant, Loan Officer. (Augusta Financial Inc.) over 1 year ago

Paula- Houston and surrounding areas definitely need help. Thankfully the spirit of Houstonians has not been dampened by Harvey. Today my brother, whose house was spared, spent the day removing carpet and sheetrock from his neighbor's flooded home. My nephew who is with the HPD was able to return home because of the remarkable officers from other cities who came in to help. 

And yes to the NEW underwear!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 1 year ago

Dear Paula,

One of the relief organizers said not to send stuff or show up at the moment. Send money now, figure out how to come to volunteer or send stuff later, once they have assessed what is needed. Only give money to known entities, that have been around or sanctioned sites put up by the cities themselves. Don't "go fund" some shysters out there.

Posted by Dörte Engel, ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland (RE/MAX Leading Edge) over 1 year ago

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