Way To Help Houston This Labor Day Weekend


I was at the car wash yesterday for the first time in five months… (Washing my car, washing my hair…these are things I can’t be bothered with.) And while I was there, I met a young couple with an 18-month-old daughter. They had evacuated Houston the day before and were staying with friends in Austin. The house that they own in Houston had been destroyed; they woke in the middle of the night to find a foot of water inside. The wife told me she was looking for an apartment in Houston so they could both get back to their jobs ASAP, but they were having major trouble finding any available apartments in their own city.

(And God bless The Final Touch car wash on S. First street in Austin, Texas….the owner refused their money and told them to come back any time for a free wash. I love witnessing these small gestures of kindness!)

If there was ever a Labor Day Weekend for us to focus less on shopping all the sales and buying stuff, and more on giving and helping, this is it! The flooding in Houston still leaves me breathless. My heart aches for all the Houstonians who have lost a sense of normalcy. This is a horrible, life-altering event for so many people. The simple fact that I have a roof over my head and I’m not living in a stadium with thousands of other strangers makes me feel incredibly privileged…and while we can’t physically enter Houston to help out just yet, there are hundreds of tangible ways to help.

Here are a few that I’ve found…would you comment with others you know about? Austin, let’s rally around our neighbors in Houston, make them feel loved, and let them know that they’re not alone right now.

Ways To Give In Austin


Ways To Give From Anywhere

This is obviously the tip of the iceberg. There are dozens of other ways to give back this weekend! Let me know what you find, and feel free to share it in the comments below.

Prayers and love going out to all my friends in Houston.