The Central Texas region has been dramatically impacted by the recent wildfires, some of which continue to burn. Thousands of people have been displaced with many still under mandatory evacuation orders until it is safe to return to their neighborhoods. The images we have seen are matched only by the thick, hazy smoke that hangs over Austin and the surrounding area.
Mission Mortgage sends our heartfelt concerns to those who have been effected. The devastation to property is minor compared to the loss of personal heirlooms and memories and the new fear that is gripping our area about where the next fire may occur. In an effort to help those who have been impacted, we are providing a list of ways that you can help.
Because we are members of the housing industry in Austin, we start with efforts by members of our industry. The following collections and benefits are being spearheaded by business leaders, realtors, builders, and others within the housing market community. If you would like for us to post additional announcements, please email the appropriate information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mission Mortgage of Texas, Inc: We will be collecting items for donation in the lobby of our building at 901 S. Mopac Expwy, Building V, through at least the end of next week. Here are a list of the items we were told would be most in need:
- BP Cuff
- Pen lights
- Tongue depressors
- Gauze wrap
- ACE bandages
- Sleeping bags
- Body wash
- Paper plates, cups, napkins, plastic utensils
- Deodorant sprays for men & women
- Disposable razors
- Shaving cream
- Baby wipes
- Baby diapers
- Baby shampoo
Most desired food donations are healthy, non-perishable items such as:
- Water, Gatorade
- Ready to eat meals preferably will pull or pop tops, e.g. chili, stew, canned pasta w/sauce
- Single serving snacks such as protein or granola bars
- Lunchables or other single serving foods that do not require refrigeration
- Baby formula
Mission Mortgage can also provide information about interim and permanent financing of homes being rebuilt due to loss from the wildfires. We will gladly answer any questions you may have about the rebuilding process. Please email us at email@example.com with your questions.
Austin Board of Realtors: ABOR is welcoming the use of the MLS system to post short term lease opportunities for evacuees. Property owners who are offering free or substantially discounted properties to fire evacuees can instruct licensed realtors to enter details in the MLS system. The available properties will be featured at www.austinhomesearch.com.
ABOR has also posted information for buyers and sellers impacted by the wildfires. Whether looking for a new home or wondering about how this impacts selling a home, you can visit www.austinhomesearch.com/disasterrelief for more details.
Home Builders Association of Greater Austin: The HBA has put together information about selecting a reputable and qualified builder to reconstruct homes destroyed by the wildfires. With so many homes impacted, the HBA anticipated the common questions that homeowners may have and has provided the best information available. To see the release from the HBA, please click here.
Belvedere Lake Travis Fire & Rescue Appreciation Event: On Saturday at Belvedere (located on Hamilton Pool Road), a celebration in honor of the Lake Travis Fire & Rescue units will be held. Live music, food, and opportunities to donate to the LTFD Benevolent fund. For those who owe their lives and homes to the LTFD, this is a great way to say thanks. Email Karen Shultz for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HomeAway: HomeAway has set up a Central Texas Wildfire Housing Directory for evacuees to find temporary housing in a vacation rental.Vacation rental owners and property managers are offering their homes at a discounted rate or free of charge. Click here to see the HomeAway directory.
The following list includes other opportunities to help and support victims of the Texas wildfires. Many others surely exist and we will gladly add any to our list by simply emailing the details to email@example.com.
KVUE: KVUE is teaming up with Randall’s to take donations directly at any register. Visit any local Randall’s for more information. KVUE is also sponsoring a benefit event at Nutty Brown Cafe on Saturday. Click here for more info.
Alamo Drafthouse: Alamo has stepped up to help out our community by donating 5% of all profits for this entire weekend. If you are heading to a movie this weekend, please consider going to any of the 6 Austin Alamo locations so that you will also be supporting your neighbors in need.
Pizza Hut: On Thursday, September 15, 10% of sales from all dine-in, delivery, and carry out orders will be donated to the relief efforts.
The Red Shed: Local musicians will sing to benefit the Red Cross of Central Texas at The Red Shed on Sunday, September 11 from noon until 8pm. The Red Shed is located at 8504 S. Congress Ave. For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boomerz: Saturday night, come to Boomerz (near the Y in Oak Hill) for a special benefit concert and fundraiser featuring local band Rational Method. Boomerz is donating 15% of all sales for the evening. For more details, click here.
BookPeople: A portion of all sales (in store and online) will be donated to the wildfire relief efforts for all purchases made from Tuesday through Friday.
SportClips: SportClips is offering a free haircut to any firefighter in our region simply by showing a badge or other proof of employment. The offer lasts through the month of September.
Spicewood Fire Fundraiser: Sunday, September 11 from noon – 8:00 pm at Spicewood Vineyards (1419 CR 409 Spicewood, TX 78669). Live music, BBQ, wine, and silent auction. Tickets are $40 and benefit victims and local rescue services in Spicewood. (Thanks to Annie Berg from Spicewood Vineyards for sharing the event information with us!).
There are dozens of agencies and organizations who are collecting donations. Please visit the Austin American-Statesman website for a list of places where you can drop off your donations. Click here for the details.
Please feel free to add events in the comments section below or email us at email@example.com and we’ll post it to this blog article.
Thanks to everyone for helping out our neighbors and friends during this horrible tragedy. Step up and help someone now, when they need it the most. Also, please remember that we are under a strict burn ban. Please extinguish all flammable materials carefully and completely.