During record-cold temperatures, snow and icy weather, Texans braved unprecedented conditions this week. Approximately 1.4 million Houstonians lost power with below-freezing temperatures, followed by a water crisis that resulted in reduced or no water, bursting frozen pipes and a boil notice.
As the situation in Texas continues to improve after days of uncertainty, the Houston Texans hope to offer support and resources to the community. Here are just a few ways the Texans are giving back and click here for ways that Texans players are giving.
Houston/Harris County 2021 Winter Storm Relief
Janice S. McNair and the Houston Texans announced a $500,000 donation to the Greater Houston/Harris County 2021 Winter Storm Relief Fund. The fund will focus on grantmaking to local nonprofits that will target the unmet needs of families who need additional help to recover, including assistance with plumbing and home repairs, temporary housing and other basic issues. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner named Cal McNair to the Greater Houston/Harris County 2021 Winter Storm Relief Fund Advisory Board. The committee will oversee and administer the grant distribution process.
The Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans are supporting their fellow AFC South Division member, the Houston Texans, with a joint donation of $100,000 to the Houston/Harris County 2021 Winter Storm Relief Fund following the severe winter weather that swept through the country last week. The NFL Foundation will match the donation of the AFC South clubs, bringing the total donation amount to $200,000.
Houston Texans Food Trucks
After last week's winter storm caused statewide power outages that wiped out food supplies throughout communities, the Houston Texans helped out by sponsoring five food trucks in Houston's City Council District D. The Texans provided free meals on Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with the help of Texans Legends. City Council District D residents received hot meals from one of five different local food trucks, including Gumbo Xpress, Nacho Monster, Ray's BBQ, Stonefire Pizza and Stuff'd Wings. Together, they distributed hot dinners at five different City Council District D locations, Unity Bank (2602 Blodgett), Chase Bank (5445 Almeda Road), Edgewood Park (5803 Bellfort), Sunnyside Park (3502 Bellfort) and Sagemont Community Center (11507 Hughes Road).
The Texans distributed more than 1,200 meals to the community.
Crown Royal Donation to the Houston Food Bank
With so many Houstonians struggling with food insecurity due to the recent winter storms, Crown Royal is partnering with the #Texans to donate $50,000 to the Houston Food Bank, helping deliver food to seniors and underserved community members in urgent need.
$25,000 Donation to Kids Meals Inc.
The Texans have donated $25,000, equivalent to 12,500 meals, to Kids Meals Inc which serves food insecure pre-school aged children. Food distributions will begin on Friday with full route delivery on Monday to feed hungry children in 43 zip codes across the city. Kids' Meals must replace all the food that was ruined due to power outages and quickly mobilize to feed more than 6,400 children a day.
Houston Texans YMCA
- Coca-Cola and the Houston Texans are partnering to deliver a pallet (over 1,000 bottles) of Dasani water to the Northside Warming Center at the Foster Family YMCA where it will be distributed to those in need.
- Houston Texans, Houston Texans YMCA teamed up with 627 food truck to provide a hot meal to families in the Greater Third Ward.
- The Texans provided the YMCA International Services team with fleece blankets, towels, warm winter coats, hats, and sweatshirts that will be distributed to the community they serve.
- Verizon and the Houston Texans are partnering to provide 400 chargers to the YMCA for supplies to those temporarily displaced from their homes.
- First Community Credit Union (FCCU) provided blankets to be distributed to YMCA International Services clients.
- The Houston Texans sent 200 lunches and hot cocoa to the Foster Family YMCA for staff, guests, first responders and Metro drivers who are dropping people off there to warm up and charge up.
Houston Food Bank
During the storm, the Houston Food Bank provided product to shelters and warming centers, and now are getting disaster orders out to partners. If you are in need of food assistance, please visit here to find a partner near you. Please call before visiting to confirm that the partner is open.
For families and persons in need, both the Foster Family YMCA and Houston Texans YMCA will be serving as water distribution sites.
For stranded motorists, those without power and anyone in need of warmth, warming stations are located around the state. Click here to find a location near you or call 2-1-1.
For those looking for more information regarding the boil notice, click here for information, thanks to Houston Methodist.