Having been invited into so many homes over the years, we know they mean the world to people. Homes are sanctuaries, solace, memories and a place to relax and be with loved ones. Due to the disasters all around the country (and world) right now, our hearts are broken for the massive amounts of people who have lost their homes, family members, and more. Due to Irma, more than 80% of structures in the Virgin Islands were severely damaged or destroyed, and we know many of those were the homes of people who need help.
Between the fires here locally affecting those close to us, and a member of our family, Jenna Baker, being caught in Hurricane Harvey’s Texas destruction, we’re feeling these hits pretty close to home.
We’re always looking to help others when we can, and we know you are too. Millions of people are without homes, food, water or other necessities, so we compiled lists of resources where you can help.
If you know of any resources we don’t have listed, please comment with them so others can help!
How to help wildfire victims:
- California Fire Foundation
This group specifically helps the families of fallen firefighters, active firefighters and the communities they serve.
- Lake County Local Assistance program
- Lake County Fire Victims Fund via Redwood Credit Union
- Operation: Save Butte Fire Animals
- Montana Community Foundation
- Garfield County Fire Foundation Relief Fund
- Missoula United Way
This group has two funds for both those affected by the Rice Ridge Fire and the Lolo Peak Fire.
Oregon & Washington:
- Gorge First Responders Fund
- National Forest Foundation Fund
- Hood River County Mike Anderson Search and Rescue Fund
Donations to support the county’s search and rescue efforts as part of this memorial fund in honor of a sheriff deputy who lost his life, can be make at any US Bank Branch.
- Community Foundation of Kittitas County
- Pikes Peak Red Cross
- La Plata County Humane Society
- The mGive Foundation
You can also text HIGHPARK to 80108 to donate $10 for fire relief in Northern Colorado.
How to help hurricane & earthquake victims:
- Jenna’s post is referencing the Greater Houston Community fund, established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.
- Houston Humane Society, San Antonio Humane Society and Austin Pets Alive
Humans weren’t the only ones who lost their homes, so these groups are helping displaced animals have shelter and food.
This non-profit aims to help provide emergency medical supplies and other necessary equipment for first responders and others.
Hurricane Irma relief:
- Google’s Hurricane Relief Fund
This non-profit is focused specifically on the Caribbean Islands.
- Southern Florida Wildlife Center
Even animals who aren’t pets lost their homes as well. This is a great way to help wildlife.
Mexico earthquake relief:
- The Salvation Army
- UNICEF Mexico
The United Nations Children’s Relief Fund specifically focuses on supporting children who are victims of natural disasters.
- International Community Foundation
Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria relief:
- The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City
Choose from Puerto Rico, Florida and the Caribbean, school and student aid from Irma, Houston relief and school and student relief from Irma.
- The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Relief Fund
- One America Appeal
This organization was founded by 5 previous US Presidents, and can allow inclusion of a company’s donation matching as well.
Puerto Rico & Mexico Hurricane Maria and earthquake relief:
- Hispanic Federation’s Unidos disaster relief fund.
You can donate on their site or text 41444 with “UNIDOS ($ amount you wish to donate) (your name)”, for example, “Unidos 100 John Smith”.
- Pixels 4 Puerto Rico
This site allows you to order prints of art from a wide variety of artists, and 100% of the proceeds go to relief funds via MariaFund.org.
From the Galaxy Draperies family to yours, thank you so much for helping those in need.
We always encourage you to investigate before giving to any group. Vox has a wonderful article with simple tips to help you know how to pick a charity, or you can use the Attorney General tool Check the Charity. Any texting donation methods of course would be subject to any fees that may apply. Listing of organizations in no way constitutes endorsement by Galaxy Draperies.