If you’ve been like me, reading post after post about the tragedy in Houston, and the upcoming devastations in the Caribbean and potentially Florida, then you’ve probably also been wondering how you can help.

Living so far away, I’ve been feeling so helpless. Donating money to Red Cross just doesn’t seem like enough. If you live in the DC area, here are local restaurants, businesses, schools, churches etc., that are accepting donations, and/or holding charity drives to help victims from Hurricane Harvey and/or Irma.

This post will be updated as I learn of any additional places, especially after we learn more about the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma. 

Taco Bamba – All proceeds from their Ricky Bobby taco will go towards hurricane relief until Friday September 8th.

World Central Kitchen – Jose Andres and many other chefs are currently in Houston cooking and providing meals for families in Houston. To help them continue this effort, you can donate HERE. 

Black Restaurant Group – At Black Restaurant Group’s (BRG) properties, diners can add a donation directly to their bill, and BRG will match it to the dollar, now through September 14th. Participating restaurants are Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, Black Jack, Tilt Side Bar, BlackSalt, Black’s Bar and Kitchen, Black Market Bistro, Republic, and Addie’s.

Cuba Libre Restaurant – $1 from every Tito’s Vodka cocktail ordered will be donated to hurricane relief.

Kingfisher – For every Texas item ordered on the menu, they will donate 50% of the proceeds to hurricane relief efforts. As of yesterday, they’ve reached $1,000!

Etete – Whitney Stringer PR, Damelia Shaw and Etete have partnered up to host a Donation Drive Happy Hour on Monday, September 11th from 6:00-8:00p.m. Toiletries, diapers and baby formula are needed!

RedRocks – The H St NE locations will be holding a food & clothing drive on September 13th from 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. They are also looking for volunteers to help package items for delivery. More info can be found HERE.


DC Bilingual PCS – Now through September 19th DC Bilingual will be accepting donations of toiletries, household goods, books, and clothing. These items will be sent and distributed to various shelters. Address: 33 Riggs Road, NE Washington DC


Alfred St Baptist Church – Will be accepting physical and monetary donations this month that will be sent to local churches and community centers in Houston. Monetary donations can be made HERE.


Help Anguilla – A GoFundMe has started to help the island of Anguilla rebuild after Hurricane Irma. You can donate HERE.

Greater Houston Community Foundation – Monetary donations to the Hurricane Harvey Relief fund can be made HERE.

Texas Diaper Bank – Diapers are needed for families with young children. They can be mailed to 5415 Bandera Rd. #504 San Antonio, TX 78238. If you’d prefer to make a monetary donation, you can do that HERE. 

Heart to Heart International – Will be accepting donations for hurricane relief for both Harvey and Irma victims. For more info and to make a donation, click HERE.

The Salvation Army – The downtown Salvation Army is accepting donations as well as training emergency disaster services volunteers. More info can be found HERE.

I’m sure there are many more businesses collecting donations for Harvey and who are about to start collecting for Irma. If you know of any, please let me know so that I can update this list.

Continue to keep all our fellow brothers and sisters affected by these two natural disasters in your prayers, thoughts, etc!

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