Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane along the coast of Texas on Friday, bringing torrential rainfall and leading to unprecedented, deadly flooding in parts of the state. People formed human chains, carried pets above their heads and hopped into boats to save people they’d never met.
Harvey dropped a record 50 inches of rain by Tuesday morning in Houston, TX, causing flooding that left an estimated 30,000 people in need shelter, according to FEMA. The devastating affects of the storm will affect the area for years to come. The National Weather Service stated, “This event is unprecedented and all impacts are unknown.”
A few inspiring Bravolebrities have stepped up to help the victims of #HurricaneHarvey in the wake of the destruction left by the natural disaster.
Star of The Real Housewives of New York, Bethenny Frankel, has pledged $30,000 through her B Strong Charity to help women who have been affected by the storm.
— Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) August 29, 2017
Women coming together is a stronger force than a hurricane. In our first day, we raised $50,000 and 100 PERCENT of the proceeds will go directly to women and their families in need. We hope to raise even more tomorrow and every day. Click the link in my bio – Bethenny.com/Bstrong – to donate now. #BStrong #THISISACRISIS #HurricaneHarvey #womenhelpingwomen #100percent
#RHOA star, Kandi Burruss, donated $10,000 to help the people affected by Hurricane Harvey to fund started by Kevin Hart, which “enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster,” Kandi added on Instagram, “Let’s not just pray for Houston but actually do something & donate. No matter how much it may be, all donations help. My heart goes out to Houston!”
I just donated 10k to help the people affected by #hurricaneharvey by clicking the link in @kevinhart4real's bio. I hope everyone that sees this message will choose to help as well. Let's not just pray for Houston but actually do something & donate. No matter how much it may be, all donations help. My heart goes out to Houston! 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
Real Housewives creator and Bravo executive, Andy Cohen, stepped up for the cause, “This morning I donated to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, set up by Houston’s Mayor, and the Houston Humane Society.” He posted on Instagram.
Luann de Lesseps donated (she posted a video on Instagram stories about her donation) and has been urging her followers to donate!
This is one of the shelters set up for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The shelter will hold 5,000 people it is set up by the Red Cross and they need more help! The Red Cross is spending millions of dollars to set up shelters, provide food and water, blankets, medicine replacement, pet services, counseling, everything you can think of. My friend Jenn and her husband Tom have set up a phone bank for people to call in to make a donation. Any and every donation helps! Call the 1-800-883-1915 from 4pm- 6:30pm TODAY (Eastern time). PLEASE HELP!!! #hurricaneharvey #harvey #redcross #USA #joinhands #give #help #today #Texas 🇺🇸
#RHOC star, Vicki Gunvalson, donated and is asking her followers to help out, “I’ve donated… have you? #redcross #texasneedsourhelp”
Heather Dubrow noted that she was doing her part by “sending prayers and money to Texas.”
True southern belle, Patricia Altschul, is donating a portion of sales from her Patricia’s Couture line to the Houston Humane Society.
🙌🏻 Thank you first-responders, animal welfare organizations, neighbors and Americans everywhere for helping keep our furry friends 🐾 safe during #hurricaneharvey. To show our gratitude @patricias_couture is donating a portion of our sales to @houstonhumane 🐶❤️🐱. #humanesociety #pets #rescue #animalsinneed
Other Bravolebs below, who don’t appear to have made donations themselves, but are urging their followers to lend Texans a helping hand.
Thank you to all the Bravolebs who have stepped up to help the people of Texas during this devastating time! If you would like to help those impacted by the storm, below is a list of trusted disaster-relief organizations in Texas:
The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund of Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, which is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.
The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center is reporting a critical shortage, and has extended hours at all of its San Antonio-area donor rooms. To donate, call 210-731-5590 or visit their website for more information.
Carter BloodCare covers hospitals in North, Central and East Texas. To donate, call 877-571-1000 or text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999.
To help animals suffering from the disaster, visit the Houston Humane Society or the San Antonio Humane Society. The Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has set up an animal emergency response hotline (713-861-3010) and is accepting donations on its website.
The Texas Diaper Bank in San Antonio is asking for diapers and wipes, which can be dropped off in person or mailed to 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, Tex., 78238.
The United Way of Greater Houston flood relief fund will be used to help with immediate needs as well as long-term services like minor home repair. Visit their website to donate or text UWFLOOD to 41444.
For more options, the Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends checking with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.