Hello, HiBoost friends.
While the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex was lucky enough to escape the ravages of Hurricane Harvey, many of our friends, extended family, former classmates, and business partners were not so lucky. The damage caused by Harvey is extensive and severe; many areas will take months or even years to fully recover. This rebuilding of people’s lives is going to take time, effort, and most of all, money.
Harvey was not Katrina. But the losses sustained in productivity and all-around general misery Harvey has caused are extensive. Nearly every building in Rockport, TX, where Harvey made landfall, has sustained damage. Victoria, TX was left without water or power; Houston is still severely flooded. Deep East Texas, Beaumont, and Port Arthur all were affected by severe flooding from Harvey’s rainfall. Our neighbors in Louisiana sustained significant damage as well. Harvey continued to cause havoc into Tennessee and Kentucky, with some tornadoes damaging towns along its path.
We’re a tight knit team here at HiBoost, and we are so thankful that this storm did not hurt any of us personally. As you may or may not know, HiBoost is based in Irving, Texas, so we were well out of the way of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation. But that means we’re in a position to be able to help those in need. We understand how devastating this storm was for the millions of people affected. Texas has been amazing to us, and we want to give back. So, throughout the month of September, we will be donating 10% of all purchases from our website to help Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. There’s nothing you have to do on your part, no coupon code, no box to click, nothing else. However, if you’d like to find out other ways to help disaster relief efforts, please check out the following links:
NPR has a comprehensive list of official Houston relief efforts, where to donate blood, food banks to donate to, how to help the rescue pets, and many other charities.
Another good list of other charities not listed in NPR’s.
Make sure your donations go to the right places and not to scams. Their best advice is using a third party like give.org to verify charities, and not to donate to crowdfunding where you cannot verify where the money is going.
As of this moment, St. Martin and other Caribbean islands have been devastated by Hurricane Irma. People in Florida are preparing for it; the governor has already declared a state of emergency. Hurricanes Katia and Jose may also make landfall this weekend. If you need more information about hurricane preparedness, read this and this. Hurricane season is upon us until November, and we hope that all of us make it through.
Stay dry and stay safe.
-The HiBoost Team