1. Start a Charity Fund Drive
Because disaster recovery will take years and needs will change over time, nonprofit groups recommend donating cash rather than items. Simple drives like bake sales, candy grams, wacky hat day, etc. can generate a lot of money. Use this New York Times article
for a list of local and national organizations.
2. Donate Blood
Many high schools host annual blood drives, where teachers and students who are 18+ can donate. Students and other potential donors can also donate blood at local donor centers. Check out this list of American Red Cross donation centers
3. Feed a Child
With grocery stores and pantries flooded and food trucks unable to travel, access to uncontaminated food is limited to many communities. Consider donating to the Houston Food Bank to help feed a child. As little as $69 will help feed a child every weekend for a school year. Learn more about this opportunity here
4. Talk with Your Students
Though it’s likely that most of your students will not be directly affected by the hurricane, it is important to talk to them about natural disasters and understanding the impact on others. PBS Kids
has a wealth of resources to help students cope during challenging times. The American School Counselor Association also provides tips and resources
on how to help kids deal with hurricanes and floods.
5. Share on Social Media
Because recovery will likely take years, it is important to encourage others to give to relief efforts now and in the future. Many nonprofit leaders worry that news regarding Hurricane Harvey will lose attention and efforts will lose momentum. Sharing on social media can help keep a spotlight on victims’ current and future needs.
How do you help children cope with and understand natural disasters? Let us know in the comment section.