As a native Houstonian, I’ve been shocked and saddened by the devastation that Hurricane Harvey has left in its wake, as I know all of us have. I remember when the people of Houston stepped up to offer shelter, food and a new home to victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. I have faith that they will do the same now for their fellow citizens.
But Houstonians aren’t the only ones who can pitch in during this crisis. Roadrunner Food Bank (full details on their website) recently released a list of ways that New Mexicans can help the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
1. Donate money to any of the following Feeding America food banks in the areas affected by Harvey:
2. Donate directly to Feeding America (feedingamerica.org) to help them allocate resources appropriately across the state.
3. Check the list below of items that are particularly needed by disaster relief teams, then find a Bernalillo County drop-off location near you:
Hand-held snack items such as granola bars
Pop-top ready-to-eat items
Shelf-stable pantry items such as peanut butter, canned tuna and soup
Cleaning supplies (bleach, non-bleach, paper towels, etc.)
Personal hygiene items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.)
Bernalillo County Drop-off Locations:
All BernCo community centers
County Manager’s Office, One Civic Plaza, 10th floor
Treasurer’s Office, One Civic Plaza, basement level
Court of Wills, Estates and Probate, One Civic Plaza, 6th floor
BernCo office at Union Square Building, 111 Union Square SE
Public Works Division, 2400 Broadway SE
Sheriff’s Department Headquarters, 400 Roma NW, 4th floor
All Area Command Centers
Fire Department Headquarters, Atrium Building, 6840 Second Street NW
Metropolitan Detention Center, 100 Deputy Dean Miera SW
East Mountain Transfer Station, 711 Highway 333 (old Route 66)
If you have the time and ability, also consider making a trip down to Houston to volunteer for a disaster relief organization such as Habitat for Humanity. The people of Houston will be hurting from this for many months and years to come, so don’t feel like any donation of money, food or time is too little or too late.