How Christians Can Help Texas Right Now

 

Millions of people in Texas are without power during one of the worst winter events the state has ever seen. Some have been without electricity, heat, or running water for days.

We sent an email this morning with ways to pray for Texas and things we can do to help. One of our readers who is in Texas now sent this prayer. Please take the next two minutes and read through this, asking God to help in these specific ways.

"Please pray for help, comfort, and peace for the many hurting, those without power, those with busted pipes, crashed cars, bruised spirits. That we, the Church, would be kind and compassionate. That warming centers would be the blessing they are intended to be. And that we would live with such confidence in God as our refuge and strength. That we would embrace the truth that He is our very present help in trouble times. Though it seems to many like the earth has given way, we will know Jesus is with us, our God is able, and He will guide us together through these dark days and the recovery to follow. He is now and will be our strength in the days to come."

Here are some more ways you can help.

Dallas

Feed the People Dallas: This Dallas-based mutual aid collective is currently accepting donations of cash and items like to-go containers, dried rice, beans, and other essential items for its food service programs. The organization is also looking for individuals who can help prepare and deliver food at home. Visit Feed the People’s Instagram account for more details, or purchase items from its Amazon wishlist.

Camp Rhonda: This encampment of unhoused people in Dallas is currently accepting donations of items like protein bars, snacks, and toiletries via its Amazon wishlist. The organization is also seeking volunteers who can prepare food at home and deliver meals. Those who are able to volunteer can contact Camp Rhonda organizers at 469-759-9764.

North Texas Food Bank: A massive food distribution network for local food pantries and other feeding organizations. Donate via the NTFB website.

Houston

Rice Mutual Aid: A mutual aid collective organized by Rice University students, Rice Mutual Aid is currently accepting donations so that it can provide snacks, housing and other essentials to students impacted by the storm. Learn more about how to donate here.

Houston Food Bank: This massive hunger relief organization distributes food to community feeding programs and food pantries year-round, and a $10 donation can provide 30 meals to people in need during this icy weather. Contribute via the Houston Food Bank website.

Cloverleaf: Located at St. Timothy Episcopal Church, this community fridge is currently accepting cash donations via its GoFundMe account. Donations will be used to fill the fridge with food, purchase sanitation items, provide gas for delivery drivers, and other essentials.

Austin

Austin Mutual Aid: The mutual aid group is collecting monetary donations to help book hotel rooms for the city’s unhoused population through GoFundMe and Venmo (both @austinmutualaidhotels and @austinmutualaid). The group has also set up a drop-off/pick-up center at 310 Colorado Street for food donations at Cuatro Gato/Arepa Dealers and toiletries and water at Forever Eternal Moments.

Austin Disaster Relief Network: The nonprofit is accepting monetary donations to help buy gift cards, pay for emergency housing and transportation, and supplies for people impacted by weather-related incidents.

Tarrant Area Food Bank: A massive food bank that serves residents of Fort Worth and other Tarrant County cities. Donate via the TAFB website.