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After going on Fox yesterday to talk about the role social media has played in connecting friends online in a way that they can help with specific on-the-ground post-Harvey needs, I’ve had lots of folks ask how they can help. I mean, the list of needs are endless, and I’m sure you are already well aware of lots of the big name charity organizations that are here helping, so it is hard to know how to best answer that question. I listed a few local organizations I have seen in action and trust at the end of this post. Truly, any way you choose to support Texans is appreciated by all of us.
However, I want to at least offer up at least one more pathway to make a difference in a way that will directly help someone right here this week. I know many people these days understandably want to know exactly where their donated dollars are going, so I’ve decided to start up a little Gatorade drive. It’s all Gatorade and nothing but Gatorade. I don’t want your dollars, I just want to collect some Gatorade that we can distribute.
This isn’t going to rebuild someone’s house or save a pet in need, but it will absolutely make those jobs a little bit easier for the folks who are doing them. I’m seeing more and more local calls for Gatorade from the groups doing the outdoors recovery work in the 90+ degree sun and heat. We have mountains of bottled water here, which is great, but sometimes you need some electrolytes or just want enjoy a nice change of pace from water.
My family brought Gatorade to a command center for a flooded neighborhood yesterday, and it was truly a hot ticket item for them to receive, so we want to get them and other local groups some more of it to drink. No pressure in the slightest, but if you want to get something in the hands of the folks doing the hard recovery work down here, then I have found a local country club that will accept your shipped Gatorade donations for the next week or so.
I’ll go retrieve the deliveries and distribute them to the local groups who need some liquid refreshments. Needs here change quickly, so I don’t want to keep this going forever, but if you would like to order from now until around September 11, 2017, we would love to have it. I will personally make sure all of it gets delivered to those who need it.
You can send Gatorade shipments to:
Conroe Country Club
C/O Harvey Gatorade Drive
3051 North Loop 336 West
Conroe, Texas 77304
As a tip, 24 packs of individual bottles of Gatorade are one of the items sold by Boxed.com, so you can put your Amex Boxed Offer of a $25 statement credit on a $75+ order to good use if you wanted to buy a few cases. It is also sold online by Amazon starting at about $12.29 per 24 count pack. I created an Amazon Wish List here that should make it really easy to order if you go that route.
I’m sure you can find it elsewhere as well, but those are two online options where you can avoid shipping charges if you meet the minimum order amounts and/or have Amazon Prime.
Please don’t let this distract from however else you were planning to help, but if you feel drawn to this small way of helping those doing the dirty hurricane recovery jobs, then I’d be honored to help make that happen.
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