Bell Sounds from the 20th - Helping with Hurricane Harvey Recovery

Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast over the weekend, leaving devastating flooding in its wake and has made a second landfall once again along the Louisiana-Texas border.

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this devastating storm. As many of you know, my wife's family lives in Houston. They are safe now but the flooding is far from over. Anne and I ask that you keep them in your prayers during this difficult time. 

I am thankful for all of the first responders, National Guard members, and others who are working diligently to mitigate the devastation. Earlier this week, staff members from the Virginia Department of Forestry headed to southeast Texas to assist with Hurricane Harvey efforts.  We also know that there are search and rescue crews from across the Commonwealth heading to Texas. We wish them all the best as they help with the relief efforts.

It's at times like these when we see the very best our nation has to offer.  At a time when our nation is increasingly divided, we’ve come together to help those affected by this terrible storm.  There will be time for campaigning and fundraising in the weeks and months to come.  I hope this week we can focus our efforts on how to assist those who have lost so much to this storm.

Like myself, many of you are likely wondering how you can help those who have been affected by Harvey. Below is a list of suggested charities to help with the recovery.  I hope you'll consider contributing to one of the relief organizations listed below.

·         The American Red Cross –; 800-RED-CROSS; or text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

·         The Salvation Army –; or 800-SAL-ARMY

·         The United Way -; or text UWFLOOD to 41444

·         The SPCA of Texas -

·         The SPCA of Louisiana -

·         The Houston Humane Society -

·         The Louisiana Humane Society -

Thank you for your consideration and again, please keep those affected by this tragedy in your thoughts and prayers.

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