Houston Global Gift Registry

Because of the unexpected winter storm devastation that hit Houston earlier this week, today we soft launch our 6th Global Gift Registry for the Houston Area Women’s Center (HAWC), a non-profit that helps survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault rebuild their lives through advocacy, counseling, education and shelter support services.    Our global community finds ourselves once again glued to screens with broken hearts trying to understand what went wrong and how we assist.  I spoke with Chau Nguyen of HAWC early this morning and we modified our Global Gift Registry to include gifts that will help right now as they try to return their shelter and hotel placements back to normal.  Click this LINK to purchase critical items:

  • Water
  • Snacks and non-perishable food
  • Women’s clothing
  • Children’s clothing
  • Visa Prepaid Gift Cards

So what happened this week in Houston? HAWC usually shelters up to 120 women and children nightly at its non-residential campus.  To make room for social distancing, at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, HAWC moved some women to a nearby hotel. This week, the hotel lost power for nearly 48 hours, meaning these families had no electricity, heat or clean running water.  In the midst of citywide power outages in Houston, HAWC was forced to move those women back into the main shelter, which thankfully, has generators.  Logistically, this was incredibly challenging for everyone.  HAWC’s tireless staff managed this unexpected crisis while also trying to tend to their own families at home.  With no electricity, cell phones ran out of charges making communication nearly impossible at times.  The shelter also ran low on food and safe drinking water.  All of this happens in unprecedented freezing temperatures and against the backdrop of COVID-19 still ravaging the Houston community.  It’s a nightmare.

Pause for one minute.  Can you imagine being homeless during a global pandemic and staying in a hotel that suddenly lost electricity, heat and water during unprecedented freezing temperatures?  Let us not forget that many of these families are also hiding from their abusers and already afraid and emotionally fraught.

How can you help?  It seems like just yesterday that we started the Global Gift Registry in Miami because we wanted homeless women to know that people cared.  One year later, the mission remains the same.  Let us now shower the city of Houston with love and support by sending them the supplies they need right now.    Click this LINK to purchase a gift.

Feel free to share this time sensitive message with friends and family.  We will formally launch the 6th Global Gift Registry for HAWC on Sunday, February 28 with all our usual fanfare.  In the meantime, let’s get to work sending donations down to Houston.  As Pablo said, “never underestimate the difference you can make in the lives of others.  Step forward, reach out, and help.  Reach out to someone that might need a lift.”

How can YOU Participate in our next Global Gift Registry?

  1. Please email us at support@globalgiftregistry.org if you will serve as a “Hostess” for the Global Gift Registry. We list hostesses names on the promotional materials and request the following: (1) Purchase a gift from the Global Gift Registry. Every gift counts.  We select a wide range of products to encourage broad participation.; and (2) Share the Global Gift Registry Target link with at least 10 family, friends and colleagues asking them to join you in buying a gift to support women, children and families.The Global Gift Registry makes it easy by providing you with sample copy that you can forward via email, text and/or post on social media.  The virtual options are endless!
  2. If you don’t want to serve as a “Hostess” but would still like to participate, once our Global Gift Registry goes live, you (and/or your corporation) can purchase a gift from the registry and then consider sharing the Target.com link with your network.


Team Information

 Houston Area Women's Center
 Age number: 1977
 Phone: 713.630.2211
 Email: cnguyen@hawc.org