As all of you know Family Tree DNA is based in Houston. Although the city and surrounding areas were devastated, their company had only minor issues with Harvey, and some of the staff's homes were not in danger, however, there are many staff members who have suffered in Harvey's grasp.
We all are sending prayers, good thoughts their way. However, besides our heart-fell wishes, we can also help those in need through giving.
Family Tree DNA is donating a portion of their proceeds from the sale of ALL tests (including upgrades and paid transfers) during the month of September toward Hurricane Harvey's relief efforts. There is a banner on their home page which displays the cumulative amount raised and will be updated twice daily.
By 11 a.m. today (Wednesday), they have raised $5,076.
We all know that this damage is really in the billions. Many of you have contributed to other organizations, but perhaps you can give a little more, and consider doing so again in coming months. It will take years to rebuild the damage.
Family Tree DNA employees are also helping out their employees who had damage. That is a different fund, however.
SO, purchase a few kits. They do keep as long as they are not in extreme heat (think...trunk of your car in the hot summer), and then locate relatives whom you wish to test. If you are an administrator, purchase a few more kits to use for future project members either through a project scholarship or getting reimbursed later testers.
And...besides, some of you could be my close cousins so TEST!
Please give what you can.
Thank you and best wishes,