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How Chabad Is Using Amazon for Relief in Houston

How Chabad Is Using Amazon for Relief in Houston

Donors can ‘pick up’ basic supplies from online store for Houston residents

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Rabbi Chaim Lazaroff, left, co-director of Chabad of Uptown, hands containers of baby formula to a father in Houston. Chabad-Lubavitch Texas Regional Headquarters has been coordinating rescue and relief efforts since the start of Hurricane Harvey.
Rabbi Chaim Lazaroff, left, co-director of Chabad of Uptown, hands containers of baby formula to a father in Houston. Chabad-Lubavitch Texas Regional Headquarters has been coordinating rescue and relief efforts since the start of Hurricane Harvey.

For people looking for another way to help those impacted by the flooding in the Houston region, Chabad-Lubavitch Center, Texas Regional Headquarters has created an Amazon Wish List with basic items that are desperately needed as supplies run out.

Naomi Bier, 28, has lived in Houston for the last five years. She left her apartment prior to the storm to wait it out with friends on higher ground and has since been spending her time volunteering at Chabad of Uptown, just up the street from where her friends live. Bier also leads the local chapter of CTeen (the Chabad teen network), and it was a WhatsApp group conversation with fellow CTeen leaders from around the country that yielded the “Chabad Harvey Amazon Wish List.”

“Teens want to get involved, but they want to actually contribute needed items,” says Bier. Among the requested materials are diapers, bleach, cleaning supplies and kosher snacks. Since first appearing last night, the link has been shared numerous times on Facebook and by word of mouth.

“The reaction has been amazing,” says Bier. “We’ve seen a substantial increase of donations on the Amazon page all day.”

Shipping services to Houston have not yet resumed, although there is hope that they will before the end of the week. Volunteers have been in touch with Amazon, which has said it is still waiting for a clear path into the city.

While food is of paramount concern in the short term, prolonged pantry items, snacks, hygiene products and cleaning supplies will be in crushing demand in the weeks ahead. By then, hopefully, box after box of Huggies Diapers, Gorilla tape, Tradition Instant Noodle Soup, Clorox High Performance Bleach and other wish list items will be arriving at Chabad’s doors for distribution.

“We’ve all been overwhelmed by people’s willingness to help,” says Bier. “We’re so thankful.”

To help fill their list, check out the Amazon.com page here.

Readers are also encouraged to donate to the international Chabad hurricane relief fund here.



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Ruth Warrens London, UK August 30, 2017

Such a good/effective idea!
I've chosen some items from the Amazon wishlist - now at checkout Amazon wants me to choose/input a delivery address???? Reply

Lauren Kodroff New Orleans August 30, 2017

Are the donated items being distributed to families in need? Reply

Chabad.org Staff August 31, 2017
in response to Lauren Kodroff:

Yes they will be distributed to the families that have been impacted by the hurricane. Reply

Anonymous Nj August 30, 2017

Shipping address What address do we send to? Reply

joel l via chabadhouston.com August 30, 2017
in response to Anonymous:

to this address provided on this site Reply

Anonymous la via chabadhouston.com August 30, 2017

you can use this tracking going to HOUSTON
track it on usps 9305520111402147549245 Reply

Fanny Elias Miami Beach August 30, 2017

what is the latest on deliveries to the devastated areas

I want to order from Amazon Reply

Karen Moriarty CENTRAL ISLIP August 31, 2017
in response to Fanny Elias:

Fanny Elias 1 888-280-4331 is Amazon Customer service phone number. They deliver via FedEx or via their own Amazon shipping service. You might want to call them and ask about current deliveries to the area. I know for a fact that FedEx delivery well outside the hurricane zone is impacted. Reply

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