By KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News
(DALLAS) — Prince Harry and Meghan are stepping up to help a women’s shelter in Texas hit hard by the deadly winter weather in the state.
Genesis Women’s Shelter, a Dallas-based shelter that provides housing and support for women and children who have experienced domestic violence, shared on Twitter that Harry and Meghan’s Archewell Foundation is helping the shelter after it was damaged in bitter cold temperatures that left millions of people without power or water for days on end.
The shelter shared last week that burst pipes and power loss due to the winter storm had forced it to shut down its emergency shelter and transitional housing centers.
For the first time in 35+ yrs, our emergency shelter & transitional housing have been completely shut down due to burst pipes & power loss. If you are currently in a position to help, we ask that you make a donation; our needs are critical and immediate: https://t.co/ROAvzIsHBg pic.twitter.com/qXPdWsylyn
— Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support (@GenesisShelter) February 18, 2021
On Sunday, the shelter shared a tweet announcing Prince Harry’s and Meghan’s help.
“Today, the news of our damages reached Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex!,” the shelter wrote on Twitter. “Through their nonprofit, they are supporting us by replacing the roof at our transitional housing facility & helping us meet our immediate needs. THANK YOU, ARCHEWELL FOUNDATION!”
Today, the news of our damages reached Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex! Through their nonprofit, they are supporting us by replacing the roof at our transitional housing facility & helping us meet our immediate needs. THANK YOU, ARCHEWELL FOUNDATION! pic.twitter.com/rFtxzvtFRo
— Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support (@GenesisShelter) February 22, 2021
ABC News royal contributor Omid Scobie reported that Harry and Meghan, who now live in California, are “said to be heartbroken” seeing communities in Texas struggle and “are hoping Archewell’s donation will bring relief, comfort, and certainty to Genesis Shelter as well as inspire others to help.”
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan are helping the @GenesisShelter in Texas, which has been hit badly by the winter storms. Their Archewell Foundation will be helping with repairs as well as providing additional resources for Genesis to help meet immediate emergency response needs. https://t.co/w1Xr9PyZq8
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) February 22, 2021
Harry and Meghan’s donation to Genesis Shelter via their Archewell Foundation came just days after Buckingham Palace confirmed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will not return as working members of Britain’s royal family.
The Archewell Foundation is the Sussexes’ organization that will oversee their nonprofit work as well as their audio and production ventures.
The foundation is described on its website as having a “core purpose” to “uplift and unite communities — local and global, online and offline — one act of compassion at a time.”
The foundation has so far announced five partnerships with organizations, including the Loveland Foundation, which focuses on mental health resources for Black women and girls; the Center for Humane Technology, described as being “dedicated to radically reimagining our digital infrastructure,” and chef Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen, which the foundation is partnering with to build four Community Relief Centers in “regions disproportionately impacted by hunger,” according to the foundation’s website.
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