By Maria Bohan
Around this time one year ago, Hurricane Harvey victims were just beginning to pick up the pieces of their lives.
Millions of Americans lost their homes, pets, cars, and belongings to the storm, which caused an estimated $125 billion in damage. 1
Those affected by Harvey—and those affected by Hurricane Maria—still need our help to rebuild their homes and get back on their feet.
Donations to charities like the American Red Cross or Convoy of Hope are great ways to help victims of these disasters, but be sure to do your research before donating to any charity.
In addition to or in place of a donation, on the National Day of Prayer for Hurricane Harvey Victims, September 3, say a prayer that those impacted by these disasters will soon find relief and aid.
Lift Up Those Who Have Fallen
Holy One, you are our comfort and strength
in times of sudden disaster, crisis, or chaos.
Surround us now with your grace and peace
through storm or earthquake, fire or flood.
By your Spirit, lift up those who have fallen,
sustain those who work to rescue or rebuild,
and fill us with the hope of your new creation;
through You, our rock and redeemer.
Maria Bohan is a Volunteer for the Communications and Development Office at the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York. She is a student at Bryn Mawr College majoring in English and a graduate of Pearl River High School.