This past week has been brutal for folks living in Texas. I’m sure by now you’ve heard about the treacherous snowstorm, which caused the power grid to fail, putting many people in the frigid dark without water.
It’s easy to sit back and say “well, this shouldn’t have happened.” But it did. The ones in charge failed. I’ve also heard quite a few people make smug remarks about how folks in other states “know how to handle this cold weather.”
While that may be true, does that attitude help this situation? How are smarmy remarks serving anyone, especially those who are suffering while you’re sitting pretty in your heated home sipping your cocoa and scrolling through the news? Nothing pisses me off more than useless commentary in a time when people are enduring great hardship.
Instead of clucking your tongue, here are some constructive ways to actually help your neighbors to the south:
1. Reach out to your friends and family who live in the affected areas. Make sure they are okay. Stay in touch so no one gets left behind.
2. If you live in one of the hardest-hit parts of Texas and have access to a vehicle, please check on family and friends – especially elders or shut-ins who live alone. With the power and cell service being spotty, some folks may not have a way to contact the outer world. A quick visit could prevent a tragedy.
3. Animals are suffering too. Donate to animal shelters and be sure to leave food out for the wild animals and birds. If you encounter a stray cat or dog, do your best to get them to an animal shelter.
4. Research the locations of shelters and warm places as well as food banks. Share that information wherever you can or where it’s needed.
5. Donate donate donate. CNN has a list of places that need your support.
As the weather warms up and the ice melts, we can hope that the people in charge make the necessary changes so this never happens again. But in the meantime, we need to do our part to provide help in whatever way we can without the snark.
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