Now, Bethenny has gone to Houston to help the victims personally and do whatever she can to help.
“I realized this is the time to raise your hand and help,” Bethenny told PEOPLE.
“We’ve raised more than $300,000 in supplies and donations,” Bethenny, who arrived in Houston on Saturday, said.
“I just started calling contacts. Just, ‘Hi, who do you know? We need socks, we need underwear,’” says Frankel, who also also raised funds via her #ThisIsACrisis t-shirts. (100 percent of the proceeds go toward buying supplies.) “I found a tampon company [Lola Tampons)] that’s a start-up, and they’re giving away 30,000 personal care products. And one of my partners, Arizona Waters, is donating 60 cases of water. Beam [Global Spirits and Wine], another one of my partners, donated $10,000.”
“The Dress for Success building in Corpus Christi was completely underwater, so the first $20,000 dollars immediately went there,” Bethenny adds.
“Everybody I spoke to had water up to their waist and had nothing now but I kept hearing ‘God is good’ and ‘I’m lucky to be alive,’ ” Bethenny said of her visit to Houston. “I feel helpless and more helpful. I feel fortified by asking for money and bringing it directly to people who have nothing. It’s instant gratification. We saw people who have nothing when they walk in the door abut now they have something. We shared so many hugs and so many tears. They’ve inspired me.”
“Even seeing how grateful and positive they were made me realize what a great place it is to donate money because they are all paying it forward and inspiring other women,” Bethenny continues. “This is the only time that I’ve ever felt that it was appropriate to say blessed.”
Bethenny adds that anything left over will be sent to Florida following Hurricane Irma.
“I hope this will help these women from feeling helpless,” she says. “And any surplus goods will be sent to Florida for families affected by Hurricane Irma.”
We are praying for everyone that has been affected by the Hurricanes.
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