What #HarveyRelief Needs

Cash.  

Plain and simple.  

A 2013 "How Stuff Works"  article points to the problems experienced in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.   The piles of donated clothing had no place to be stored.   Weeks later, clothing sat on the side of the road in piles of wet and rotting debris.

Texas is a PROUD STATE.   We take care of our neighbors.   There is no doubt that everyone wants to pitch in and help where they can.   Because of the love, I feel certain no one wants to add to the overwhelming problem of cleaning up and rebuilding after a disaster.  

SkillsUSA Texas is raising funds for #harveyrelief with the sell of a cool t-shirt.  Funds raised will directly benefit the Food Bank of Corpus Christi. Many people purchase a shirt and donate an extra amount.   This is a great way to provide support for #HarveyRelief

You can purchase and donate here:

 http://bit.ly/2iLkDm5

Below you'll see a list of the 10 worst things to donate during a crisis.   Please know, if you've already begun collecting for Harvey Relief, that's awesome.  Thank you so much.  We would like to encourage you to deliver your donations to a local collection site.   Or, sell them in a benefit yard sale and donate the cash instead.   

Even food is best delivered to a local food bank for several reasons.  1.  It's cheaper because of the lack of transport costs 2.  Food banks network and will send resources where needed in times of crisis

The 10 worst things to donate in a crisis?

10.  Clothing - there isn't anywhere to store clothing.   People have absolutely lost everything they own.  If they don't have a bed to sleep in, where can they store a new wardrobe?

9.  Shoes - In some cases, an organization will call for donations of a particular kind of footwear; flip-flops, for example, are lighter to ship and more useful in tropical climates. But in most cases, the best donation is cash. Relief organizations can use your money to buy bulk deliveries of sorted and sized shoes directly to the areas that need it most.

8.  Blankets - if a relief organization asks for blankets, by all means follow the instructions for packing and shipping the blankets to the right destination. But in most cases, the money and resources will be more efficiently spent if the organization buys blankets directly from suppliers or receives bulk donations from corporations and larger businesses.

7.  Teddy Bears - encourage people to give money instead to the United Way, which has set up a fund for the families of the victims. 

6.  Medicine - Disaster relief agencies and first responder units are usually well-stocked with the provisions to manage a medical crisis. When there is a need, they will work directly with drug companies and medical suppliers get the right supplies to the right place. A 1999 report from the World Health Organization issued guidelines for medical donations to disaster areas and war-torn regions. Among the common problems it saw were poorly labeled packaging, expired medications and drugs sent that had nothing to do with the medical problems on the ground. After a 1988 earthquake in Armenia, the country received 5,000 tons of drugs and medical supplies worth $55 million. It took a staff of 50 people six months just to catalogue the donations, most of which were only labeled with brand names; less than half were useful for emergency medical needs. During the war for independence in Eritrea in 1989, seven truckloads of expired aspirin were donated, which took six months to burn [source: WHO].

5.  Pet Supplies - delivering big bags of pet food is not the best use of resources.   If you want to help animals during a disaster, don't send heavy bags of pet food and litter. Donate to the American Humane Association or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which will ensure that animals receive the food, shelter and medical care that they need.

4.  Mixed Items - FEMA strongly encourages people to refrain from shipping mixed boxes of relief supplies to disaster areas. The effort required to sort unsolicited donations is a strain on volunteer resources and a waste of funds (yours, the government's, and relief organizations'). If you coordinate with a relief agency to donate a specific item, make sure that your boxes are well-packed and sealed, and that the contents of the boxes are clearly labeled on the outside, saving the need to open them up.