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Harvey continues to devastate families in Houston and the surrounding region. Poor families often have a much more difficult time surviving and recovering from disasters of this magnitude. In 2014, there were more than 140 Head Start grantees in Texas serving more than half a million in children poverty. Like Katrina before it, the recovery from Harvey will difficult, costly, and slow.

It is during disasters like Hurricane Harvey that we prove once again, to ourselves and to the world, that compassion -the desire to help alleviate the suffering of others - is an essential characteristic of any noble society. It is best expressed through action (for those who have the capacity to travel to Texas and roll up their sleeves). But for many of us, that compassion is expressed through donations to organizations who have ‘boots on the ground’ helping the people of Texas.

How to help - The National Head Start Association has established a Disaster Relief Fund to assist Head Start programs and/or their employees with disaster related costs not covered by other relief assistance.

For children and families outside our Head Start community - Charity Navigator is a nonprofit agency that researches and ranks charities on a four star rating system based on specific criteria including: tax status, revenue, length of operation, location, public support, and fundraising and administrative expenses. The following charities received four stars for accountability and transparency.


American Red Cross        Global Giving     United Way of Great Houston

Learn more about other ways to give in this NPR article.

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