Thank you so much to everyone who has reached out to us. All of our friends and family outside of Texas are seeing the devastation on the news and so worried about us so I just wanted to give everyone an update. Brandon, Tex, Cali and I are safe. Uncle Jon and his kids, Seth and Skyler, have been staying with us all weekend riding out Hurricane Harvey. We have been glued to the news as we watch so much of our city under water. It is heartbreaking you guys. What’s so scary is that the hard rain just started on Friday and by yesterday AM most of the city was flooded. That’s how much rain we have gotten in a short amount of time.
Last night we had our first scare of water getting in the house. It rained so hard in Pasadena that the water in the backyard and in the street started getting backed up. Brandon had to breakdown part of our fence in the back to help the water drain into another part of the yard. We laid down bags of mulch that we had to stop the water from getting in the house. We are some of the lucky ones guys. So many of our friends have received water in their homes and we continuously are watching people still being rescued from their neighborhoods and homes that are filled with 4-5 feet of water.
Pray for Texas please. We expect more rain for the next couple of days. Pray for everyone affected, for our amazing first responders; police officers, firefighters, the coast guard and the amazing citizens of Houston. Yesterday they asked anyone with a boat if they would be willing to come out and help rescue people in need. You guys, it was amazing to watch these people on the news coming out to help on their boats, jet skis and kayaks. I know I am a Californian at heart but these Texans are pretty awesome.
Shelters have been open to people who have had to evacuate and clothing and food donations are already flowing through. If you would like to help here are a few different ways to donate:
- Amazon– this one is my favorite you guys. Amazon allows people or organizations to create wishlists of what is exactly needed for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The specific one I linked goes to George R Brown Convention Center who is currently hosting thousands of Texans.
- UMCOR- 100% of the proceeds go the Houston Hurricane Relief Fund. I heard about this organization through a gal I know in the blogging community and I have been watching her and her family/friends rescuing people and taking them into her home. You have my word that this one is legit.
- Red Cross– I know some people have their opinions about Red Cross but they are out here and they are helping you guys. Again, Houston needs all the help we can get. Even when the weather clears, these families and this city will need help rebuilding. It’s going to take months even years. Please donate as you feel comfortable but linking Red Cross as well because I have donated to them in the past and I am seeing work that they are doing.
- JJ Watt You Caring Fund– I mean can JJ get anymore amazing? I don’t think so. He has also challenged other athletes and celebrity friends to donate as well. Any amount helps guys.
If you can’t donate funds, here is a list of shelters that need not only toiletries, baby formula/food, diapers, towels, water and non perishable but they are in need of volunteers.
Lastly, Texas will take all the prayers we can get. Prayers are powerful! Also, once Harvey decides he’s ready to leave find a friend or neighbor that needs help cleaning out their home. I’m sure a helping hand will be very much appreciated.
Again, thank you all so much for your messages and calls. I’ll continue to keep everyone update.