I’ve been utterly heartbroken watching the coverage of the wildfires from Boston as they quickly destroy people’s lives in the beloved hill country around Austin that is so dear to my heart. I have felt helpless and at a loss. I donated to Austin Pets Alive’s effort to save animals and livestock, but have felt frustrated that I can’t contribute or help more, living half way across the U.S. Reading the stories of people trying to locate their pets has literally been heartbreaking.
What has warmed my heart, however, is the sense of community I’ve seen - from the APA animal rescues, volunteers, and friends collecting donations, to the people quickly offering up their homes to displaced or evacuated families - as well as this:
A company based in the quirky heart of Austin on 5th and lamar between By George, Whole Foods HQ and SXSW offices, Home Away has now posted the above link on it’s site - Austin vacation home owners offering up their places for free or reduced rates to families who lost everything in the wildfires. In the midst of tragedy, it’s this sense of community that makes me so proud to be an Austinite.
To donate to the Austin Pet’s Alive rescue and recovery efforts go here. For continuing wildfire coverage and how you can help, go here.