Hello Friends. It's been one week since the sun came out to shine after Hurricane Harvey. Aria was playing on my bed at the time and as the bright rays started to gleam through our front window I shouted "ARIA! THE SUN IS SHINING!" Without a beat she looked at me, smiled and said "It's here to dry up all the rain."
We live thirty miles north of downtown Houston and spent five days home together during the storm while Aria's Daddy was working. Five days spent watching the news, worrying, hoping and praying that we and all those we love would be safe. By some miracle our home was not flooded but many of our neighbors just one street down from ours lost everything. The water rose up to the tops of garages, turning Tallowberry Drive into a river and now that same road is piled six feet high on both sides with the aftermath. It's a mess. It's going to take a whole lot of work to recover but we know that our town and all of Houston will be Full of Bright once again.
In an effort to help raise awareness and funds for those in need here are five Houston-area small businesses that are currently working hard to support Harvey disaster relief. Shop local and help us spread the word!
Ana of Sweets By Ana in Montgomery, TX is one of our favorite local cookie bakers! She made the most beautiful (& tasty!) sugar cookies for Aria's 4th birthday luau and is now donating 100% of proceeds from this Houston cookie box to the Montgomery County Food Bank and the Texas Diaper Bank through the month of September. Each box is $15. If you are in the Montgomery, Conroe or Woodlands area and would like to place an order please message her on her Facebook page. Her cookies are delicious!
Another sweet friend of ours, Kiley of Junction Designs in Spring, TX, is making and selling these vinyl Texas window decals and donating 100% of each sale to the JJ Watt Foundation. The decals are 5"x5" and can be ordered in any color of your choice for $10. Message her on her Facebook page to place an order.
Designs By Kepi is a local print shop in Houston, TX that is donating 100% of all sales from both of their Etsy shops (Designs By Kepi and Designs By Kepi Domestic) toward Hurricane Harvey flood relief efforts throughout September. In addition, they are also selling the Texas Tough and Deep Waters tote bags below. All profits from these totes will always be donated local Texas shelters, food and diaper banks that helped during Hurricane Harvey aftermath.
One of our fav local cupcake shops, Crave Cupcakes, is now selling Houston cupcakes and sugar cookies to raise funds for the JJ Watt Foundation as well. They have three locations - Uptown, Kirby and The Woodlands. Be sure to stop by! Each cupcake and cookie is $3.75 and assortment boxes are available for $42.
Houston jewelry designer, Brenda Grands, had to evacuate her home and has been volunteering at local shelters, donation centers and churches throughout Houston. She is donating 40% of all sales from her jewelry line to hurricane victims through the month of September. Follow her on instagram (@brendagrands) to see more of her relief efforts.
The impact of this storm has truly been unbelievable and our hearts are with all those that have been affected. If you know of any other local businesses that are hosting fundraising events or working to support relief efforts please share them in the comments!
Aimey + Aria