Helping Harvey Victims

American Red Cross is accepting donations for Hurricane Harvey victims |

By Anelisa Holder I The topic blazing across the news, the featured article and top headline for weeks has been Hurricane Harvey, and now a second hurricane, Irma, is close on Harvey’s heels.

Harvey spread to the Gulf Coast of the US, decimating Houston, while Irma now is taking dead aim at Florida.

But don’t forget about helping Harvey’s victims.

According to, Harvey moved northeast through the lower Mississippi Valley and Ohio Valley on September 1st.

Continental US tropical cyclone rain records have been broken.

Harvey became a tropical depression on August 23 and in 56 hours tuned into a category 4 hurricane as it came to the Texas Gulf Coast on August 25.

Since August 30, Harvey’s rainfall total has been 51.88 inches.

Ironically, It was Highlands, Texas, that received the most rain.

According to Time, Harvey is the strongest hurricane to hit the US in more than a decade.

Forecasters are warning of serious flooding in days to come.

According to the Washington Post, Houston residents are told to “get out (of their homes) or die.”

Eighty miles west of Houston, 35,000 people are in shelters because of the thousands of homes still submerged in water.

At least 37 people have died and many are still missing.

For a while Louisiana officials were concerned about the hurricane, but the threat of flooding has decreased.

William Long, the FEMA administer, said it will take “many many years” to recover from Harvey.

Despite this tragic fact, Huston leaders are encouraging tourist not to stay away; they’re still open for business.

President Donald Trump, who has visited Texas twice after the storm, has promised federal aid for the destruction in Houston.

There has been an overwhelming response of eagerness to help in any way possible right here in eastern North Carolina.

According to the Free Press of Kinston, Massey Toyota in Kinston is collecting canned goods and other helpful items.

The general manager, Earl Morgan said, “We are looking for anything that can help. When we got affected last year by Hurricane Mathew, we got help from Toyota dealerships across the southeast. We just want to give back.”

There are many ways and different organizations to give to.

Giving to your local Red Cross is always an option.

One of our own, Lauren Dubose, is using her instagram account to inform people about fundraisers where supporters can donate.

The Covenant Church in Winterville (my own church), is giving its congregation a special chance to give to another church in Houston

Many North Carolinian schools are having their students donate to schools in Houston.

The Eastern North Carolina community is eager to help and donate to the now devasted Houston.

What about you?

Will you help this worthy cause?

If all of us Parrott students did even a little bit to help, imagine the impact!

Next up: Irma!


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