How to Help Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

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A Red Cross shelter in Texas during Hurricane Harvey. Courtesy Red Cross.

In the wake of the epic flooding and destruction as Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc upon Texas, the natural response from people safe in their homes is to help out in any way they can — even as far away as Washington, D.C.

Many businesses in the hospitality industry in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area have decided to have fundraisers to help those left reeling by the hurricane and flooding. The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington announced that on Thursday, Aug. 31, local residents can show their support for people in Houston through what is being called “D.C. Dines Out for Houston.” If dining out at a Jaleo location such as the one in Penn Quarter or at a Busboys and Poets restaurant, five percent of proceeds will go towards a relief fund or an organization that is working to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

WETA’s “Check, Please!” will be filming at Ris, 2275 L St. NW, on Thursday, Aug. 31. Make a reservation and you can “be a TV star” while you’re dining out for Houston.

In Georgetown, a number of restaurants have decided to donate part of proceeds to #HarveyRelief efforts on Saturday, Sept. 2. Participating restaurants include 1789 Restaurant, the Tombs, Clyde’s of Georgetown and Martin’s Tavern.

If you’re the athletic type, you might want to consider a Bollywood workout where the price is determined by the amount of money you want to donate. On Sunday, Sept. 3, Jordin’s Paradise, a dance and fitness studio, will be hosting a Hurricane Harvey fundraising event called “Doonya: Workout Your Bollywood Star.” The fundraiser runs from 2 to 4 p.m.

One of the most prominent organizations known for relief efforts is the American Red Cross, headquartered in Washington, D.C., on 17th Street NW. The nonprofit organization reports that it has already taken action to provide “cots, blankets, ready-to-eat meals, comfort kits, kitchen supplies and cleaning supplies” and is working to supply additional shelter supplies. Though the Red Cross is already responding to this recent crisis and has received big donations, such as a $1-million donation from actress Sandra Bullock, it still seeks financial donations.

Want to publicly show your support for Texas? You can do so by wearing a T-shirt titled “Texas Strong.” A website called Old Row is donating all of the proceeds of those T-shirt purchases to the Red Cross until Friday, Sept. 1.

 

 

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