Honoring the American Worker Through Disaster Assistance
We are approaching this holiday weekend at a time when many of our fellow men are being impacted by one of the most devastating natural disasters of our lifetime. Images that we see on our televisions, internet, and social media show us story after story of tragedy and heroism. The devastation is widespread and almost incomprehensible. No one knows at what point rescue operations will cease and people can begin to rebuild their lives.
According to the Department of Labor (DOL), Labor Day was created to honor the social and economic achievements of American workers. On their website they state that this day is a “national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country”. A great way to honor the American worker is to support the efforts of rescue and relief workers and those personally impacted by Hurricane Harvey. We truly owe these workers our gratitude because they are doing what others cannot.
There are many worthy organizations that have directed staff and funding towards relief efforts. Please find one that aligns with your personal beliefs, causes, and/or interests and take the time this Labor Day weekend to be financially generous and offer your prayers and well wishes to all affected.
Before making a donation, Consumer Reports recommends that you consult a charity watchdog organization so that you know how your funds will be directed. The Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance (www.give.org) and two other watchdogs, Charity Navigator (www.charitynavigator.org) and CharityWatch (www.charitywatch.org) have released updated lists of more than a dozen highly rated groups that are in a position to directly help those impacted by the storm.
Following are some organizations that have received the highest possible rating from at least one of these watchdog organizations:
Samaritan’s Purse – www. samaritanspurse.org - Samaritan's Purse mobilizes staff and equipment and enlists thousands of volunteers to provide emergency aid to victims of tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, floods, and other natural disasters in the United States. We often stay behind after our initial response to rebuild or restore houses for needy families
Houston Food Bank - www.houstonfoodbank.org - The Houston Food Bank is here to help people whose lives were up-ended by Harvey. We're in it for the long haul. And we need your help. Find out how to get help, and find out what you can do to help others.
PetSmart Charities - www.petsmartcharities.org - In Response to Hurricane Harvey, PetSmart Charities® Donates Three Truckloads of Pet Food and Supplies and At Least $1 Million in Funding to Support Rescue, Relief and Recovery Efforts for Pets and Pet Parents Impacted
Delivering Good - www.delivering-good.org/disaster-relief - Delivering Good is working diligently around the clock with the fashion, home and children’s industries to secure donations of new merchandise for the adults, children and families impacted by Hurricane Harvey. We are currently taking donations of product as well as cash, which will help transport the merchandise to community partners, on the ground who will distribute it to people in need over the next several weeks and months.
There are many more worthy organizations to choose from as you decide how you can support others during this challenging time. Charitable giving benefits the giver as much as the receiver. What benefits can you share today?