Most Americans have seen the total devastation brought on by Hurricane Harvey. If you’re anything like me, you’ve been glued to the TV screen to catch the latest updates.
Texans face a long battle in the next few weeks and months. People have lost their homes, their cars, their life’s work. They have escaped their flood-ravaged homes with nothing but the clothes on their backs and their kids clinging to their necks.
While our lives go on, and our days are filled with very normal things, some families are desperately searching for clean water. Or trying to reunite with misplaced loved ones. Or working on finding a new home since theirs is under water.
I have several friends and family members of friends who live in Houston and the surrounding areas, and my heart is just so heavy for them. Especially the smaller communities who aren’t getting as much media coverage (or support) as big cities like Houston.
One of my friends is in Beaumont, and the devastation they are experiencing has literally made me sick to my stomach at times. They are now without any water, and absolutely no time frame for when it might be fixed.
This friend, by the way, is one of our own. One of our Simple Finance Mom readers. And that strikes a chord with me. Because I want to be there for my people!
While the rains have stopped, the flood waters continue to rise. And the rivers haven’t even crested. I can only imagine the pain and fear and uncertainty that is hanging over her heart and mind.
I find myself glued to the computer screen, checking her FB status updates every few hours. The tone alternates between fear and sadness and hope. Fear that she goes to bed every night wondering if she will wake up with water at her feet. Fear that they will run out of clean water bottles before this nightmare is over. Fear that they will become a statistic, too, losing everything they have worked so hard for.
Sadness for her friends who have lost everything. Sadness that her town is literally an island, cut off from the outside world. Much of it covered in the currents of floodwaters.
Hope that so many are willing to disrupt their lives to help. Hope that the whole state of Texas can become like family practically overnight. Hope that hundreds of people have sacrificed their time, their money, their food, all in the name of getting as many people through this as possible.
It breaks my heart to see the devastation, as I’m sure it does yours! And I’ve been racking my brain for days about ways I can practically help. Food, water, clothes, cleaning supplies, medicine. There are so many needs, how in the world can just one person make any difference at all?
The truth is…I can’t! I can’t put a drop in the bucket. Not by myself. But when many people bind together, everyone’s small efforts combined can make a true change.
Individually, we can’t change much. But collectively, we can make a huge difference.
I stayed up the other night until 3:30am, working and planning and dreaming and praying about something we, the Simple Finance Mom community, can do together to make a difference in Southeast Texas.
While a million ideas were floating through my mind, I realized I can’t hop on a plane and volunteer my time right now. I can’t really send anything since all mail has stopped. My hands are tied.
Or are they?
After reaching out to my friend in Beaumont and hearing about all of her friends who have lost literally everything they own, I think I came up with something that will actually work. I created a product that can help meet a need that will be coming up in your life, and I plan on sending it to you in exchange for however much you want to donate for these families.
Everything that comes in for this product will be donated directly to families in need. In whatever way they need it most. Back to school clothes for their kids? Cleaning supplies? We will help.
I’ve created a Simple Holiday Planner. It is a 17-page workbook that is filled with resources to help you plan the perfect holiday season for your family. There are to-do lists, menu plans, and shopping lists for Thanksgiving and Christmas. There is also a Christmas party planner, a holiday budget sheet, and a printable that will help you track your gift giving and stocking stuffers.
Not only will the Simple Holiday Planner keep you organized, I have decided to give 100% of the proceeds directly to families who have been devastated by Harvey. Every single penny. I’m not keeping a dime.
While others might sell something and give a portion of their proceeds to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, I literally created this product just so I can donate every dollar that comes in for it.
My goal is to be able to meet as many needs as possible. New clothes for families, school supplies for kids, basic household items. I would love to be able to help as many people as possible.
That’s where YOU come in! I am offering my Simple Holiday Planner at whatever price you are willing to give. Please know that EVERY dime goes straight to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
In the next few weeks, I will be sharing where exactly these funds go, and what needs we were able to meet. I will be put in touch with specific families, real people with real needs! And I will share a little bit about these families and all of the ways that YOUR giving has helped them.
We might not be able to help all of Houston or all of Beaumont, but we can help one church, one school, one family. I already have contacts on the ground, so that we can help the families who need it the most.
But I can’t do any of it without you. I ask that you prayerfully consider joining hands with your fellow Simple Finance Mom readers.
This one small action from you can make such a huge difference in the lives of others who have lost everything. I would be so honored to partner with you in an effort to take care of one of our own readers and her community.
If you live in Texas, please reach out to me for more information on how we can best help you and your community as well!
You can support our efforts by purchasing the Simple Holiday Planner right HERE.
Stay tuned as I share with you exactly where your funds go, and how they meet the needs of real families. I’m so looking forward to working together as we help some of our own!