The Social Action Committee and the Clergy have been examining how to best be of real help to Harvey’s victims. Over the last few days I was in touch with an old friend, now rabbi of a historic Texas synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel, which is a distribution point in the effort coordinated by the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston to help all affected by Harvey.
In the weeks ahead, we may organize a truck of our own to carry supplies to Houston, as we did after Katrina. The need, also as with Katrina, will continue for months. Right now, however, it’s clear the very best to help is to purchase items or gift cards online and have them shipped directly to Congregation Beth Israel. (Carriers like UPS and USPS are getting through.) I just ordered several boxes of heavy trash bags on Amazon and it was as easy as ever.
Here is a list of what’s most needed. It’s all easy to find. (Or you can make a contribution to the Clergy Discretionary Fund and we’ll ship on your behalf. Just email me back and we’ll add the amount to your Temple invoice.)
What’s Needed Most
- Bottled water
- Diapers and wipes
- Packaged foods (tuna, peanut butter, pasta, canned stews and soups, etc)
- Cleaning supplies, including towels, mops, buckets, bleach and Lysol
- Gift cards from home repair stores and grocery stores (Lowe’s, Home Depot, Target, Wal-Mart)
- Work gloves
- Packing supplies (boxes and tape)
- Plastic storage bins
- Heavy trash bags
Rabbi David Lyons
Congregation Beth Israel
5600 North Braeswood Boulevard
Houston, TX 77096
We try to be an extended family that acts when others are in need. This is a wonderful opportunity to show that’s exactly who we are. If you have any questions, please be in touch with me directly, and thanks.