This Friday, February 26, we are turning our bi-weekly Friday Night Market into a Fundraising Event for Texans affected by Winter Storm Uri.

According to the Smithsonian Magazine, Winter Storm Uri brought severe winter weather conditions to southern states, like Texas, and caused millions to lose heat, electricity and clean drinking water. Southern states lack the “cold-weather infrastructure and snow removal mechanisms” that those of us in Chicago take for granted.

Since February 11, at least 26 people have died due to hypothermia, carbon monoxide poisoning, car accidents on winter-y roads, and more.

More than four million people lost electricity, and many are still experiencing outages. Texas and Oklahoma have declared states of emergency. Additionally, shortages of potable water are severe. 12 million people are impacted by water disruptions and boil-water notices.

People wait for the Sam's Club store to open as they look to purchase essentials on Saturday, February 20, in Austin.

People are melting snow for drinking water and flushing toilets. Grocery stores are out of supplies, not only due to the storm, but also due to the pandemic. Low-income families have been hit hard, unable to afford the loss of spoiled food in refrigerators.

Empty shelves in the meat aisle at a grocery store in McKinney, Texas, on Wednesday

People have been burning chairs, bookshelves, and other household goods to keep warm. Hot food is impossible to prepare.

Marie Maybou melts snow on the kitchen stove on February 19 in Austin. Ms. Maybou was using the water to flush the toilets in her home after the city water stopped running.

The situation is dire. But, we can help.


Handmade Happy Hours has partnered with Communities for Better Health, an organization led by Kristin Bennett.

Communities for Better Health (CFBH) is a 501(c)(3) organization in Houston, TX with a mission to improve health outcomes by promoting health equity and addressing social and environmental conditions in vulnerable communities.

-Kristen Bennett

During non-response activities, CFBH hosts a bi-weekly Farmers Market in Acres Homes utilizing local community vendors. The Farmers Market was launched in 2019 in direct response to community residents wanting to address food insecurity utilizing their own resources. Once things settle, they are in the middle of planning/designing a community garden at the same location where the market is hosted. The addition of the market will create a centralized agricultural hub in the Acres Homes community. Additionally, CFBH also hosts leadership and advocacy training programs to help equip community residents with the knowledge, tools, and skills that they need to cultivate their community. 

Right now, CFBH needs donations to distribute commercial cleaning supplies, since many homes experienced significant damage from flooding and cold temps. They also need clean drinking water.


We are turning our market on Friday, February 26 into a fundraiser to help CFBH provide necessities to their community.

How to donate/provide supplies directly:

Monetary donations can be sent through PayPal directly to CFBH here. Supplies can be purchased on Amazon and sent to:

Communities for Better Health 
Attn: Kristin Bennett 
13201 Northwest Freeway Suite 800 
Houston, TX 77040


***Shipments requiring freight truck delivery need to be scheduled with Kristen at kbennett@cfbhhouston.org***

Featured Vendors

Greetings by Jenny

Greetings by Jenny, LLC will be bringing greeting cards, wall art, stickers, pins, apparel & more. Find her work on Instagram (@greetingsbyjenny) or at greetingsbyjenny.com.

KOKO Chic Earrings

KOKO Chic Earrings will be bringing hypoallergenic & lightweight earrings & accessories. Learn more about KOKO Chic on Instagram (@koko.chicearrings) or at https://www.kokochicearrings.com/.

KillaRoses Creations

KillaRoses Creations brings DIY upcycled clothing and accessories. See more of KillaRoses on Instagram (@killarosescreations) or on Etsy.

Homegrown Wrappings

Homegrown Wrappings brings thoughtfully crafted gift baskets with goods from local artists & upcycled materials. Learn more about Homegrown Wrappings on Instagram @homegrownwrappings and at https://homegrownwrappings.com/.

Kirakeeb

Kirakeeb brings ceramic goods like magnets, jewelry, and decor. Find her work on Instagram (@kirakeeb).

Samantha Nicole Art

Samantha Nicole Art brings a variety of mixed media pieces. See more Samantha Nicole Art on Instagram @samanthanicole_art.

Roots & Sky

Roots & Sky brings natural, vegan, handmade soaps & body care products. Learn more about Roots & Sky on Instagram (@rootsandsky) or at http://www.rootsandsky.com/natural-soap.

Lunaries

Lunaries brings gorgeous functional & decorative resin art and wood wick soy candles. See more Lunaries on IG (@lunariescandles) and at https://www.lunaries.com.

We will also have baked goods from Mama Mia Delightz.

See you there!

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Handmade Happy Hours firmly believes in community over competition, and bringing artists & buyers together in warm & welcoming spaces.

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