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Hurricane Harvey and Irma Relief Fund

My Story:

Since Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 26, 2017, our nation has come together in an effort to help those persons most directly impacted by the storm.  Thanks to kindness and generosity of the American people, disaster-relief agencies like the American Red Cross are rapidly raising the enormous sums of money necessary to meet the immediate needs of the people most directly impacted by the storm - people who've just lost everything they've worked for through absolutely no fault of their own.

But we must remember that, in the days and weeks to come, for every family who has truly lost everything to this horrific storm, there will be another family whose needs are likely to be overlooked because they are comparatively 'modest.'  These people won't need tens of thousands of dollars to get their lives back on track; all they'll need is help to afford, for example, an insurance deductible, less comprehensive home repairs, or help to replace a handful of personal possessions destroyed by the storm.

It's by helping people in positions such as these - just as we did in the nationally-recognized programs we launched to aid persons impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy - that Modest Needs will be able to make a truly meaningful contribution to this national Hurricane Harvey relief effort.  And history has shown that it is absolutely critical that we offer this special grant program at this time.  In the past, each time we've helped a hurricane-impacted family to afford their more 'modest' needs, we've also freed up valuable funding that major relief agencies can then allocate to those families who'll require substantial, ongoing assistance if their lives are to return to 'normal.'

You can help us reach those impacted by Hurricane Harvey whose needs may otherwise be overlooked by making the tax-deductible contribution of your choice to this fund. AND THANKS TO THE GENEROSITY OF OUR SUMMER CHALLENGE GRANT DONOR, ANY CONTRIBUTION YOU MAKE THROUGH MIDNIGHT TOMORROW, SEPTEMBER 1, 2017, WILL BE MATCHED WITH NO LIMIT!

Thank you so much for your kindness, generosity, and support of this very important relief effort through Modest Needs.

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