Hurricane Harvey: The Promise to Humanity

Houston Flooding/Photo: Business Insider

 

If not in the thick of the disaster you may be feeling like me as we watch the coverage of the devastation that is Hurricane Harvey in Houston, TX and surrounding areas.

A feeling of helplessness & sorrow, a sense of urgency, a knowledge that prayer really does help, but must be followed with action as a display of faith.

What can we do for these millions of people who are suffering?

I was scheduled to be in Houston in a few weeks for the International Rotary Conference, when we were informed it has been postponed, so even my attempt to go and bring some light and joy to a few lives has been thwarted!

This week I posted on Facebook asking how we can help and received answers from people who live there and are stuck in this extremely trying situation.  The consensus: Money goes a long way when given to the right place.  (Please take a minute to see the screenshots of what they said below)

We have heard heartwarming stories, such as a pizza delivery service emptying their shelves and kayaking through the streets looking for people to feed; or the woman in Utah who felt compelled to gather supplies and drive 24 hours straight (hey, I just did that drive!), invited her neighbor to come along, and these women are bound for relief effort in the highest order; people from surrounding states coming with their boats and picking people up from their flooded homes to a place of safety.

Amazing when we keep the Promise to Humanity.   This is when The Engagement Experience becomes real.

For me and my home, we are donating money, and although we don’t have much to give we will offer that which we can part with, just enough to sting a bit and know we’ve made a difference, and our family is going to put together a little service project among friends to create relief bags.

This morning it was announced that my NSA National Speakers Association family has created a fund to support local speakers affected.

Hearing all about JJ Watt’s efforts as a star in the NFL, he has raised $15 Million and counting (Story Here).  Many amazing groups that can be donated to.  Please check out the screenshots from the Facebook post I did mid-week, with ideas from friends of mine and we hope it sparks in you the desire to send something, anything at this time.

This is for our World Family.

The Promise to Humanity is alive and real, and we can make a difference now.

 

SWAT Officer Daryl Hudeck carrying Catherine Pham and 13-month old Aiden to safety. Photo: David J. Phillip/AP

 

 

~ jason

 

Jason Hewlett, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, is a Keynote Speaker for the largest corporate events in the world. His primary message, The Promise, is essential for Leadership, Management, Sales, Marketing, Direct-Sales Companies, and is a combination of engagement and entertainment meets inspiration.  Jason has even received standing ovations from IT guys.  He has been acknowledged as life-changing by Conference Attendees, C-Level Executives and Hollywood Elite.  jasonhewlett.com

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Comments

  1. Judy Hall

    Hello Jason! I was blessed to see you in Kansas City at our Scentsy Family Reunion. I live in one of the areas affected by Harvey. From personal experience in this storm, and others in the past, please DO NOT GIVE TO RED CROSS. Their funds do not actually help those in need. Google their top executives salaries! JJWatt’s fundraiser is awesome! Lots of local churches are taking donations for their immediate area. That is where the greatest need is, in the small communities that will get minimal, if any, assistance from outside sources. Thankfully, local churches and volunteer fire departments are raising funds to help families who have lost so much. Thank you so much for speaking out about this. The needs are great from below Corpus Christi, all the way to parts of Louisiana. Thank you and God bless you!!

    • Jason Hewlett

      Oh wow Judy, I hope you are ok. Scentsy was such a fun event, so pleased to have been a part of it. Thank you for your thoughts here, I have heard similarly and have sent our money to what we feel is the right place. God bless you and our prayers are with you.

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