A guest post by my sister, Hannah (of Austin, Texas)
Over the last seven years of my residency in Texas, nothing has been more trying for my fellow Texans than the last two weeks. The coastal cities of Port Aransas, Rockport, Port O’Connor and many other small towns were demolished by Hurricane Harvey. The aftermath of the storm is still being felt widely in Houston, Beaumont, Port Arthur and beyond.
As you can guess, as Rachel’s sister, I am a Midwest girl. I am not native to Texas and before I moved to Austin in 2010, I would have laughed if anyone told me I would make Texas my home. Though I now love Texas for many reasons – the overwhelming generosity and courage that I have seen in the last few weeks has solidified what makes Texas so special.
I’ve seen my friends drop everything to go to Houston with nothing but a boat and a brave heart to rescue people and pets who were stranded in the flooding. Countless local restaurants and bars are holding fundraisers and donating their sales to flood relief. Other local businesses and a multitude of friends are collecting donations, making welcome packages for the shelters housing flood victims and driving truckloads of clothes, toiletries, food, water and HOPE to the coast and to Houston. In a world of chaos and controversy; this community is the light. All anyone is focused on is helping those in need. That my friends, is what it means to be a Texan.
Donate to Help
Photos here are from Port Aransas and Padre Island National Seashore which were both hit hard by Hurricane Harvey making landfall. If you would like to help from afar, there are several places to donate to those in need. My local favorite; Austin Pets Alive! has taken in over 1,500 animals from Houston and are prepared to do what it takes to help any animal that is coming their way. You can help by donating directly to Austin Pets Alive! at the link below:
I am Rachel, an early 30's Midwestern girl residing in NYC with my husband and dog. Surrounded by skyscrapers, I daydream of the grass, trees, and wide open landscapes that I miss. I am preoccupied with ways to get out of the city and love finding new adventures!