Breaking: Houston’s Own ZZ Top Issue Statement On Hurricane Harvey
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ZZ Top Issue Statement As Hurricane Harvey Ravages Hometown
As Hurricane Harvey continues to ravage the city of Houston, bringing catastrophic flooding and claiming the lives of several while sending survivors literally running for their lives, Houston natives ZZ Top are among those watching in horror – stricken with the kind of grief that only comes with wanting to save everyone and give them their old lives back, anything to spare them from what they’re going through.
The band took to social media to offer strength and solidarity to the city that birthed them, applauding state and city wide recovery efforts:
A statement from ZZ Top regarding the Texas floods. pic.twitter.com/DdkwNFNFRs
— ZZ Top (@ZZTop) August 28, 2017
Though things look impossibly dark right now, there’s a great deal to smile about and hope for. Ordinary citizens are taking boats, rafts, and jet skis out into the storm to assist in rescue operations, bound and determined to save anyone they can; many are opening up their doors to those in need of a safe place to hunker down for a while, while others are using every resource they have to get help to those who so desperately need it. Kindness and a general spirit of standing shoulder to shoulder with your fellow American are the name of the game as Texas faces down one of the most devastating natural disasters in recent memory – it’s no wonder that ZZ Top concluded their statement with this:
“Long ago, we recorded a song called ‘Heaven, Hell or Houston.’ We’re confident that, in the near future, the first word will describe the title’s third word and the middle will soon be overcome.”
4 Ways To Help Those Affected By Hurricane Harvey:
- Donate money: With recovery costs threatening to climb into the billions, anything helps – really. The fine folks over at Public Good have created a website with several different non-profits to which money can be donated to those directly affected by Hurricane Harvey; they’re all IRS-verified and you can rest assured that your money will go exactly where it needs to.
- Donate blood: The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center is in desperate need of more than 2,000 units of blood, specifically O negative and O positive. Here’s a list of locations to donate blood.
- Donate food and clothing: If you can, there’s a pretty desperate need for clothing, medical supplies, baby items, and food at nearby shelters. Feeding Texas is working with local food banks to distribute supplies, with a heavy emphasis onnon-perishable food, bleach, and paper towels. Also, diapers are in HUGE demand right now – the Texas Diaper bank is seeking diaper donations. You can mail them to 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, Texas 78238 or drop them off at the same address if you’re local.
- Donate your time: Cleanup is going to be a monumental undertaking. The Austin Disaster Relief Network is asking folks to donate toiletries, inflatable mattresses, undergarments, and cleaning tools, and if you’re in the area and would like to sign up to volunteer or just drop off a donation, you can do so at the Hope Family Thrift Store in Austin.