LIZ SMITH: Helping Harvey Victims
by Liz Smith & Denis Ferrara
The Power To Redress; How YOU Can Help; “Where Love Has Gone”; Where Love Is Going.
“YOU cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
THE EFFECTS of Hurricane Harvey are not only still accumulating, but will take years to redress. For some, there is no redress, either in lives lost or all worldly goods destroyed.
No point in being preachy here — we all know we can do a little. Those who can do a lot (like Sandra Bullock), should!
I’m simply going to list a variety of organizations (courtesy mostly to the Vox website) to visit, and to inquire about sending whatever you can:
All Hands: This nonprofit recommended to Vox by disasterologist Samantha Montano has staff on the ground in Texas, and is in contact with emergency management officials about assisting in the response and recovery.
Foundation Beyond Belief: The humanist group, also recommended by Montano, is evaluating how best to use the funds it collects.
Salvation Army: The Christian charity is emphasizing its intentions to help with long-term recovery in Houston.
Team Rubicon: A veterans group sending volunteers to help with rescue operations in areas affected by Harvey.
Operation Supply Drop: Another veterans organization sending volunteers to Texas.
Greater Houston Community Fund: A broad-based relief fund established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.
Local food banks: The Houston Press has compiled a list of food banks in the affected area, including Houston Food Bank, Galveston County Food Bank, Corpus Christi Food Bank, Southeast Texas Food Bank, and more. They recommend contacting a food bank directly about their need and what you can do.
Houston Humane Society: The group is helping marshal care and shelter for pets in the area … The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas is undertaking similar efforts … The San Antonio Humane Society is doing the same … There is also Austin Pets Alive.
Blood donations: The Houston Chronicle noted that Carter BloodCare and the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center are accepting donations.
Americares: The nonprofit focused on medicine and health is seeking to provide emergency medical supplies and other basic resources to first responders and others in Texas.
Portlight: A disaster response group dedicated specifically to people with disabilities. It is seeking to help affected people with evacuation and finding shelter, any medical equipment needs they might have, and more.
SBP: The New Orleans-based organization is planning to send Americorps volunteers, assist local leaders and nonprofits, and eventually help rebuild damaged or destroyed homes.
• American Red Cross: 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
• Catholic Charities USA: Visit to donate.
• Displaced Animals: As we continue to care for the animals we have already saved, we have to prepare for even more animals who will need us in the coming days.
• Feeding Texas: Network of the state’s food banks accepting financial donations for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
• GlobalGiving: A charity crowdfunding site that is attempting to raise $2 million to be used exclusively for local relief and recovery efforts. Donors can also text HARVEY to 80100 to donate $10 to GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Message and data rates may apply. Visit www.globalgiving.org/projects/hurricane-harvey-relief-fund/ or send a check by writing,”Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund” in the memo line and mailing it to GlobalGiving, 1110 Vermont Ave NW, Suite 550, Washington DC, 20005.
• Finally, from CharityBuzz: United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, one of our cherished charity partners, set up a dedicated Relief Fund to help Texans rebuild and recover. They are distributing 100% of the donations for recovery in the affected areas, community by community, in the months and years ahead.
• United Way of Greater Houston has also set up a Relief Fund to help meet storm-related needs and recovery. 100% of your gift goes to help the Houston community recover from Hurricane Harvey.
Sorry, folks, I know this wasn’t much of a “fun” column, but sometimes real life intrudes. I mean, it was this, or another rant about the man at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. I know our editors — and some of our readers — given a choice, prefer this. (But for those who find comfort in a good presidential rant, don’t worry, we’ll still be on his case.)
ENDQUOTE: “Somewhere along the line, the world has lost all its standards and its taste.” That was a line uttered by Bette Davis in the 1964 potboiler “Where Love Has Gone.” Considering that the film was based (and not loosely enough) on the Lana Turner/Johnny Stompanato scandal — Lana’s daughter Cheryl Crane killed Johnny, defending her mother from his brutality — it is amazing that such a line was even written into the script. Perhaps it came straight from the Harold Robbins novel? (Robbins actually suggested Lana for the film. Somehow, she remained friendly with him.)
I mention this because in “Where Love Has Gone” Bette Davis plays Susan Hayward’s mother. Davis did not play Susie’s mom in “Back Street” as I inaccurately wrote last week. Any devoted fan of high-gloss trash knows this. I know this! Momentary brain freeze?
I want to thank all the readers who chimed in politely and amusingly on this error. So funny!
And then there are the ones whose emails invariably come down to “Neh, neh, neh — you made a mistake, idiot!” We don’t take that sort of stuff personally. These are people whose lives are enriched by the errors of others, and the power they feel they have by pointing such things out, rudely.
Somewhere along the line, the world has lost all its standards and all its taste, as a lady with an eternal halo of cigarette smoke once said.
P.S. And thanks to Cathryn Palmieri, who sent us a note about Hayward’s “Back Street” co-star John Gavin: “John Gavin remains handsome and fabulous and his wife, Constance Towers, still a beauty, and wonderful; seen often in Los Angeles.”
Miss Towers is perhaps best known for her long-running villainess, Helena Cassadine on “General Hospital.” (This is a role created for Elizabeth Taylor’s highly publicized stunt appearance on the soap opera in 1981.)
But if you’re looking for a different appreciation of the elegantly cheek-boned Contance, check out the thrillers, “Shock Corridor” and “The Naked Kiss,” 1963 and ’64 respectively. Fascinating stuff, and Towers, especially in “The Naked Kiss” — as a former prostitute trying to find a new way of life — is remarkably effective.