The Gulf Coast, including the Houston metro area, was devastated by Hurricane Harvey and many personally witnessed the insane amount of rain and damage that this disastrous storm caused. The support that the entire state has provided for those in need is overwhelming as people offer their time and money to help out.
Here's another way to add to the relief efforts: Go shopping. Countless designers and brands (both local and online) are donating proceeds of specific items or total purchases to the American Red Cross and other amazing charities that are helping those in need.
Among the items and stores we found are:
Houston physician James Rinado has created a distinctive T-shirt emblazoned with the phrase "Stand Bayou City" in a tile print. It retails for $25, with all proceeds donated to the Gulf Coast Community Foundation for Harvey disaster relief. The shirt is available online and will be distributed at the Eastside Farmer's Market on September 30.
The Texas-based jeweler crafted a "Deep in the Heart of Texas" sterling silver charm to support our state in need. 100 percent of sales go to benefit Harvey relief organizations and the item, which starts at $40, is quickly selling out.
HGTV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines are donating all proceeds from sales of their "Texas Forever" cotton tees from both their Waco store location and their online outpost.
This newly launched jewelry accessories website based in Fort Worth is donating to the cause as well. The brand's co-founder Carolyn Thorp Osborne is a Houston native. Get chic earrings from designers like Mercedes Salazar and Mignonne Gavigan and a portion of the sales will be heading down to help those in need from the Houston flooding.
The popular fashion illustrator who uses fresh and bright foods as the clothing in her pieces is donating all proceeds from her print shop to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy for the next few weeks. Every purchase of one of her Instagram sensation prints will come with a bonus print of a fashion illustration of a Texas flag-like ensemble.
Houston-based designer Elaine Turner is donating 10 percent of its sales, online and retail, to the American Red Cross. Turner is also donating 100 percent of sales from the "Longhorn Charm" of the Southern Charm Bar Jewelry Collection and 100 percent of sales from the custom designed "Texas Strong" T-shirt to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund through September 30. Turner stores in Houston, San Antonio, Southlake, and Plano boutiques are accepting lightly-worn clothing and toiletry donations.
This up-and-coming Dallas-based boot and accessories brand started by SMU grad Lizzy Chesnut is donating 15 percent of proceeds from boot sales to the Houston Food Bank. The geniuses behind these authentically handmade cowboy boots are extending this donation opportunity until Labor Day.
This Austin-based jewelry designer is donating 25 percent of profits on all online sales to the American Red Cross now through September 5. Use code REDCROSS20 to get an additional 20 percent off of sale items to really seal the deal.
The hip cosmetics brand is donating 100 percent of sales of its Beet It Matte Velveteens Lipstick to the American Red Cross now through September 12. Pucker up for a good cause.
The brand is donating 100 percent of proceeds from their large gold Texas-shaped pendant necklace to local shelters in Houston not supported by national charities. If you're wanting to support local, this is your item.
The popular jewelry designer is donating half of all online purchases to the American Red Cross. The brand recently launched a beautiful collection of home decor items in addition to jewelry.
The Houston clothier is donating 10 percent of proceeds to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund established by Mayor Sylvester Turner to benefit those affected by the recent floods. Also, VK Nagrani, maker of "the best socks in the world" according to Esquire Magazine, will donate a pair of socks to flood victims for every pair of his socks or underwear purchased.
The popular flip flop company is making a difference by selling a T-shirt with the company's logo on the outline of Texas. All proceeds through the end of September will be donated to the relief efforts.
This Houston boutique known or chic womenswear pledges to donate 10 percent of online and in-store sales through September to The American Red Cross, specifically to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Both the Woodlands and River Oaks location will be participating.
From now until the end of September, a portion of each purchase at the stylish Houston womenswear boutique will be donated to charity partners providing aid to those affected by the widespread devastation of Hurricane Harvey.
The dog DNA test start up company is donating 100 percent of its net profits from online sales to the Houston Humane Society from now until September 3. If you are wondering where your beloved pet came from, now is the time.
The Houston-based men's clothing and accessories brand designed a shirt with the perfect sentiments in support of our city: "Come Hell or High Water." The shirts entire proceeds will go to Hurricane Harvey relief funds.
The chic Houston womenswear boutique is donating 10 percent of sales through Labor Day to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.
Through September 9, the Dallas Highland Village store is partnering with GOOD+ to donate 10 percent from every in-store purchase to help provide critical items like diapers and other children’s essentials to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
With a $25 donation, shoppers will receive a limited edition “My Heart Beats for Houston” T-shirt (shipping and handling included). 100 percent of the profits will be donated to the Greater Houston Community Foundation Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Orangetheory Fitness has 12 locations in Houston.
The stylish Houston womenswear boutique is donating a portion of the store's sales in September to the GHCF Hurricane Relief Fund. The store is also a drop-off site for needed supplies, including blankets, towels, toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products), baby items (diapers, formula, food, wipes), and new socks/undergarments, that will be distributed in the coming weeks and months.
This special T-shirt created by 5 + 8 to express their love for this city, with a large portion of the printing costs was donated by Big Frog Bellaire, is available in youth and adult sizes. It retails for $35, with 100 percent of proceeds earmarked for the Greater Houston Community Foundation for Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.
The Houston-based website offering custom-made Italian shoes will donate 30 percent of all sales to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts throughout September.
Designer David Peck has created a capsule collection of coffee mugs, totes, phone cases, and T-shirts. 100 percent of proceeds to to the J.J. Watt Flood Relief Fund.
Shop the American Red Cross essentials wish list to automatically send supplies from Amazon directly to the shelters in the Gulf Coast and Houston. Items needed are things like Lysol wipes and baby products. It is as easy as a click to your Amazon account.
Note some of the products in the collage above, clockwise from top left, lip gloss by Lime Crime, necklace by Golden Thread, cowboy boots from City Boots, T-shirt from Magnolia Market, earrings from Suzanna Dai, charm from James Avery, decorative box from Kendra Scott, print from artist Gretchen Roehrs, and earrings from Lolaandlina.com.
Georgie Ferrell is a CultureMap staff writer. Also find her at TheQueenMidas.com or follow her on Instagram at @TheQueenMidas.