It's been heartbreaking and overwhelming to see pictures of Houston and the surrounding areas completely submerged. Several friends have reached out to inquire about my family's safety - we're very lucky that our part of The Woodlands wasn't hit too hard by flooding, so Mama and Papa Hallberg are all fine and well.
If you're like me and want to help, but feel a little paralyzed and don't know where to begin, here are some links I've used to help get started. These articles offer some suggestions for organizations (local and nationwide) that you can volunteer with or donate money and send items to. Some of these links even show you how certain nonprofits allocate their funds, so you can make sure your donations are actually going to relief efforts and not just overhead costs of the organization.
Monetary donations are always, ALWAYS incredibly helpful, as are items like blankets, sweatshirts, socks, underwear, personal hygiene products, diapers, baby formula, non-perishable foods, water, flashlights and batteries. You can also volunteer your time - many local churches and businesses are organizing efforts to serve their communities. Anything and everything helps in times like these.
If you're reading this from one of the cities that's been hit, I am sending you all my love. I hope that you and your loved ones are safe.
Texas doesn't have its reputation of strength and resilience for nothing. We'll get through this. Take care of yourselves and each other.