The drag racing community has been so generous in the past when we come together for a cause and we are calling on you to get behind us assisting those affected by the wrath of Hurricane Harvey. Our small community has multiple drivers that are from or live in Texas now and collectively we wanted to do what we could to help. We have the ability to help in a BIG way, but of course this is not limited to the racing family.
When something as tragic as Hurricane Harvey happens, it's hard to know how to help from afar. Tens of thousands of people have already lost everything and we are still in the early stages. With widespread damage to such a large area, the needs of the community will widespread as well. Our goal is to help funnel funds into the right hands to assure the money stays local and helps the real people in need as quickly as possible.
All funds collected will be divided between a few local organizations to directly assist each community with it's personalized needs. It will literally go from my hands directly to organization leaders. Depending on how much momentum we get, we should be able to make a difference from Rockport, TX to Louisiana with these few organizations. We will continue to work with the community and learn of the needs in many areas. The more we can raise, the more we can help!
While donating to large 'non-profit' organizations is a good start and an easy way to help, we personally believe in bypassing the administrative percentages withheld and high salaries. Unlike these other 'non-profits', we assure 100% of the funds raised gets directly to the communities and folks in need. There were three areas that were important to those of us organizing this and wanted to be sure to help each of the following categories:
Various Community centers and churches on ALL sides of town that are helping rescue, host, supply, feed, and rebuild their communities. We will post specifics as we help.
CitiIMPACT - faith based community outreach organization that believes that local churches are uniquely positioned to lead the way. They create and nurture partnerships with local faith communities to assure many communities get the hot meals, supplies, and other assistance they need. CitiIMPACT brings organizational experience, a calming influence, and resources from it’s nationwide partners to make a difference in others’ lives.
2. **FIRST RESPONDERS**
Local Houston and surrounding area Police Departments, Fire Departments, EMT, Louisiana Cajun Navy and various first responders units. We will help fund meals, supplies and assistance during the search and rescue missions, recovery and rebuilding that will continue for weeks to come. This will also help first responder stations throughout the area that need rebuilding.
www.assisttheofficer.com - Hundreds of our officers have lost homes, cars, everything and could use your support. Thank you to the community for your overwhelming support, it is nothing short of amazing.
Animal Justice League is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created to reduce the homeless pet population through rescue, sharing knowledge, and outreach located in the heart of Houston, TX. For Hurricane Harvey relief and rescue, AJL is collecting supplies and monetary support to transport pre-Harvey animals to make room for displaced family pets and strays,
Mutt Nation - Miranda Lambert's Animal Rescue Foundation is headed to Houston to give relief to dozens of municipal shelters. They will help transport any animals currently in shelters so that there is room for displaced animals from Hurricane Harvey, keep them clean and fed, and help to reunite with owners.
**If you would like your fund to go to a specific organization listed above, let me know in the donation comment and I will make sure to clump it accordingly, as I will be keeping a ledger. If nothing is specified, I will be dividing it up as we go**
We had no intention of heading up something like this, but this is God's work. After praying about how helpless we felt, he put this on our hearts. If you can, please donate and share! We will continue to update donors on EXACTLY where their money is going. We will continue to work with all organizations, especially CitiIMPACT as they will be there until the rebuild is complete. They had teams in New Orleans for years after Katrina, so they are committed to full recovery. This will be a long road, but we WILL prevail!
Stay tuned for updates and information on charities involved.