Support Our Work in Refugio, TX | Hurricane Harvey

Since 2011, Minuteman Disaster Response has been on the scene in the aftermath of nearly every major natural disaster. Now that Hurricane Harvey has hit our home state of Texas, we have established a base camp in Refugio and are serving all of Refugio County in our relief efforts. Immediate efforts include cleanup and removal of debris, distribution of recovery kits, and supporting first responders.

Our base camp will be set up in Refugio for at least the next two weeks, and we will continue to send teams down to participate in ongoing relief efforts afterword.

Nestled between Rockport and Victoria, Refugio was among the communities that bore the brunt of the damage from Harvey, with the eye of the hurricane making a direct hit on the city. While many relief efforts have moved to focusing on the Houston metro area, there is a great need a few hours south on the Texas Coast.

Many of you have contacted us asking how you can assist with the relief efforts. At this time, we are only able to take trained members of our rapid response and relief teams with us to aid in the on-the-ground efforts. However, here are three key ways that anyone can participate without leaving home:

Pray.

First and foremost, we ask for your prayers. Pray for those impacted by the hurricane, those who have been displaced from their homes, and those who have lost everything—including loved ones. Pray for first responders who are working around the clock to rescue and treat those who are stranded or injured. Pray for our team and volunteers who are traveling to Refugio to assist in the relief efforts. We believe your prayers are powerful and effective.

Give. 

For those who are able to assist financially, the best way you can give is through cash donations. Many folks desire to send clothes or canned goods so they have a concrete picture of what is being given to those in need; however, the cost of transporting, processing, and distributing these goods is often higher than the items themselves.

The best way you can help those directly impacted by the hurricane is giving directly to Minuteman Disaster Response. All donations will go directly to relief efforts. We will then be able to connect with those in need and get them exactly what they need, whether it’s tools for removing debris or gift cards to purchase food or clothing. You will be able to see the impact of your giving through the photos and videos we post on our website and social media feeds.

You may donate online for your convenience. Our payment processor charges a small fee for this service. To avoid this fee and make a greater impact in the relief efforts, you may send a check to our office in McKinney, TX. Click the ‘donate now’ button below for both options.

Share

Another great way you can support the relief efforts is to share what Minuteman Disaster Response is doing with your friends and family, whether by email, social media, or personal conversations. We are a small organization that desires to make the biggest impact possible when natural disasters occur—not just Hurricane Harvey—and we couldn’t do it without people like you helping get the word out!

Sign up for our email list, ‘like’ our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, and stay tuned to our website for continued updates and spread the word!

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