From international businesses and sports teams to civilians, people are coming together to help the millions of people impacted by Hurricane Harvey in a variety of eays. Although the recovery will be long and difficult, the public’s generosity and eagerness to help is unmistakable and inspiring.
Furniture store owner Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale opened his 160,000-square-foot showroom as a shelter for thousands of people fleeing flash floods. He has helped provide a safe place to stay, along with food, to any and all that come in their doors.
With over 150 locations in TX, the popular grocery chain H-E-B continues to send mobile kitchens to Houston and impacted areas to provide meals, pharmacy services, ATMs and more to people in need. According to their social media pages, they will serve any victims and first responders that need to eat.
The Houston Texans and team owner Bob McNair are donating $1 million to the United Way of Greater Houston’s flood relief fund.
Texans Star JJ Watt has set up a YouCaring page with ever-increasing goal. Originally the football star set out to raise $200k, but as of 11am ET, he’s already hit $10 million.
It’s truly a sight to see how many civilians rode out on their own boats to find and rescue their neighbors. Hundreds of people that risked their lives to save others throughout this week and their efforts have not gone unnoticed.
The thousands of rescues that have taken place over the past week Texas wouldn’t have been possible without the Texas National Coast Guard and the US Coast Guard.
Robert Kraft, New England Patriots owner, is matching up to $1 million in donations to American Red Cross relief efforts across Texas.
Jets Chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson will also donate $1 million to the American Red Cross on behalf of the team and the Johnson family.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones donate $100,000 to the Salvation Army’s pledge drive.
The Baltimore Ravens are donating $1 million to the recovery efforts in Houston.
Ohio State, Indiana, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Charleston Southern football teams have all announced special decals for helmets in honor of Texas hurricane/flooding victims.
NHL and NHLPA donate $200,000 to Harvey flooding relief.
Allstate and Allstate Foundation pledges $1.5 million for relief and recovery.
Kubota Corporations pledges $1 million in relief funds and equipment.
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have announced a donation up to $20 million toward Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery.
Toyota Motor North America announced they will donate $3 million to charities.
Petco Foundation will donate $2.3 million to animal welfare organizations.
Carnival Cruise Lines and Carnival Foundation will donate a combined $1 million to relief effort.
Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation is to donate $1 million.
Reynolds American Foundation is to donate $150,000 to American Red Cross.
There are thousands of other individuals, businesses, foundations, teams, and heroes that have contributed to the recovery and relief efforts in Texas. Let the nation’s kindness never be forgotten in these troubled times.