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TheReelNetwork Sending Help to Hurricane Victims and We Need Your Support!

TheReelNetwork Sending Help to Hurricane Victims and We Need Your Support!

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by Tiara Williams, Founder/CEO TheReelNetwork

As we watch the floodwaters rise, we see the hope of so many in the path of what was once Hurricane Harvey sinking beneath it.  Harvey was officially downgraded to a tropical depression, but at the height of the storm only death and destruction followed.  At least 37 people have been confirmed dead and thousands are left homeless as the storm unleashed flood waters in east Houston leaving about one third of the city’s area underwater.

Emergency workers fear as the waters recede, the death toll will rise as they are able to get into areas to do more thorough checks and assessments.  In Texas alone, Harvey is estimated to have caused $75 billion worth of damage.

We sit and watch the pictures of devastation on the evening news and feel helpless, but we can help.

The anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is always a sensitive time for me. Like many others, I’ve experienced first hand how one storm can change the course of someone’s life.

As I’m receiving constant updates from home, I’m reminded of the devastation, confusion that I faced during Katrina. It’s triggered so many emotions. I’ve been weeping and saddened mostly. So, instead of allowing the feelings to paralyze me I’ve decided to do something about it.
My company, The Reel Network is partnering with a local church in Houston and Xavier University of  New Orleans to get aid their way. Our goal is to send canned goods, clothing and toiletries. Here’s where we need the help of our supporters and readers. Our gatekeeper in Houston says people are donating dirty clothes, used bottles of shampoo that are almost gone and expired food by 10 years.

I think this goes without saying. Don’t do that. I will not accept your garbage: Here’s what people need more than anything.
  • Diapers – all sizes
  • Sippy cups
  • Bottles
  • Food (Canned goods)
  • Black hair products – brushes combs, moisturizer, bonnets, hair ties
  • Pet supplies – dog/ cat food, kitty litter
  • Soap
  • Conditioner
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Razors
  • Lotion
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Shaving cream
  • First aid supplies- band-aids, etc
  • Feminine care – tampons, pads, liners
  • Elderly care – diapers/pads, poly-dent (denture)
  • New Boxers & Underwear (adults + children)
TRN will continue to update this list as demands and needs change in the affected areas.
 I know that gathering goods will be the EASY part but we need help covering the costs for shipping. Would you be interested in partnering with us? If you are willing, contact me, Tiara Kj Williams, at
I saw the world pitch in to help my family, friends and neighbors after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  Let’s be there for the people of Houston.
Thank you in advance for caring and for allowing that compassion to help change the course of thousands of lives.