As a member of the Hershey community and former CEO of The Hershey Trust Company, I have spearheaded several philanthropic and charitable endeavors and programs for the area; I am no stranger to philanthropy. And the events that are unfolding in Texas are absolutely tragic; they are a reminder of just how powerful our planet can be. But they can also be just as good a reminder of how humanity can always come together to persevere. We’ve done it several times before; September 11th, Hurricane Katrina and the Boston bombings are all examples of how we, as a country, bounced back.
With that being said, I wanted to suggest a few ways that you can help those who are struggling and suffering in Texas.
First and foremost, the most important organizations that you will want to focus on are the local organizations. These are the charities and nonprofits that operate in and around Houston. A few notable ones include the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, the Houston Food Bank and Food Bank of Corpus Christi and the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center.
Another viable, but admittedly limited option, is to visit any local shelters, food banks or relief organizations and donate your time personally, as opposed to money. This is a much more probable donation for residents of Houston, Texas, or any neighboring states/cities. If you feel so inclined, it would be a tremendous act of nobility to travel from a distant state and provide relief.
I should note that you should choose to donate money, be wary of scams and fraudulent websites. Be wary of any unsolicited emails or messages from organizations claiming to provide relief and double check an organization’s legitimacy through any number of charity review sites like CharityWatch.org.
Hurricanes like this are an absolute travesty, but it is up to us to band together and help out our fellow man. Do your part in donating to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
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