Love Houston

City Ministries is responding to the devastating effects of hurricane Harvey by launching a collaborative community project called “Love Houston”.  We are partnering with Churchome Jesus Is Projects to collect needed items, Audrey Seda- Founder of Anchor/Hope Films to expand the network and procure shipping options, Mark Baysinger of – to coordinate warehouse space, Pacific Northwest African American Quilters for wonderful quilts to bring comfort, and Austin Disaster Relief – for distribution in Houston, with more to come.  Our hearts are moved as we see Houstonians reaching out and helping each other, rescuing each other, boarding people in their homes, and sharing. We want to help them help each other!’

Click here for donation list.

Love Houston Update & Plan – October 9, 2017

Phase I – Collect items needed immediately following the Hurricane 

September 1-30

  • We collected clothing, hygiene items, toys, shoes for babies, children, men and women to help families take a small step towards a new normal.
  • 4 Thursdays in September: packing, sorting, labeling, storing with volunteers from City Ministries, Churchome and the local community for a total of 200 boxes.

      October 5-8

  • First week of October 3 team members rented a U-Haul and filled it with 88 boxes drove it to Alaska Air Cargo in Seattle, WA for the trip to Austin – we are working with Austin Disaster Relief.

Click here to read full update.

A Collaborative Community Project to show love to the people of Houston, Texas through providing necessary basic items, with a heart of compassion.

Through our work in foster care and helping families and children we understand the impact of trauma. We understand that basic needs must be in place for the healing process to begin. To know someone cares, to provide an item of comfort to carry them from the place of loss and devastation to a new beginning is important. So we are here to reach out to the families of Houston along with your support to help the healing process begin.

This is a community wide endeavor, and partnerships to help Love Houston are welcome. We are asking businesses to donate needed items or cash, churches to collect items as well as individuals.  Please email to get more detailed information.

Monetary contributions go toward the costs of packing and shipping the containers, purchase of supplies on the list (supplemental), purchase of supplies needed for Houstonians to clean up once they return to their homes and start to reestablish their lives, and other needs as they arise. We will keep all subscribers updated on donations of goods, services, time, and monetary contributions.  Don’t forget to check to see if your employer will match your contribution. To donate: click on button at bottom of main page, click on drop down menu and select Love Houston!

Cash donations are needed for clean up and and rebuilding supplies! We will be monitoring the City of Houston’s list and adjusting as needed.  It is very important to stick to the items on the list so we can be consistent with other relief efforts. If you have further questions, please email us at

Please subscribe to get our regular emails at  If your church is participating use their donation bins and we will get the donations on a designated date.

When we start shipping containers, our partner Anchor/Hope Films will document our efforts so everyone who has partnered and given can participate as well as a representative from City Ministries.  Other partners may choose to go to Houston on their own as well.

We will need help assembling hygiene kits, packing clothing by size and gender, writing notes and cards for the recipients of the goods.  Sign up by emailing to give us your contact information and get email updates on time and place we will be doing these activities for the duration of the project.

PARTNERS- If you would like to partner with us please email