How YOU can help the victims of Hurricane Harvey

Don Callahan
Don Callahan
Published on August 31, 2017

Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas Coast, and has left Houston — the nation’s fourth-largest city — grappling with unprecedented flooding.  Help is needed to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey. If you’re looking for a way to contribute financially, the organizations listed below are providing urgent relief and support:

The American Red CrossThey are providing round-the-clock shelter and comfort for those affected. You can give online, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word “HARVEY” to 90999 to make a quick $10 donation.

Salvation Army. Make a financial donation online, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or text “STORM” to 51555.

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief. They’re providing care and hot meals for thousands of displaced Texans, and have been tasked with restoring survivors’ homes. They’ll be on the ground now and for months to come. Learn more about how to support their efforts here.

Save the Children. They’re on the ground providing assistance to families in evacuation shelters, delivering family-friendly relief supplies, setting up child-friendly spaces, and planning for long-term recovery. You can support their relief efforts online here.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has established this fund to accept tax deductible donations. It is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity. Make a financial donation on the GHCF website.

United Way of Greater Houston. They have established a Flood Relief Fund to help with recovery needs of those most impacted. Give to the fund online  or text “UWFLOOD” to 41444.

The Houston Food Bank. They’re providing food to families most in need. Donate online or learn how to volunteer at houstonfoodbank.org.

Fleet Feet Sports. They’re  Fleet Feet Sports stores all over the country are collecting new or gently-used shoes and new pairs of socks to donate to victims of the storm.

ANY OTHER WAYS I CAN HELP?

Here’s a list of non-profit organizations that are underway in raising funds to provide both immediate relief as well as help with long-term recovery efforts:

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund — set up by Mayor Sylvester Turner of Houston, this fund accepts tax-deductible flood relief donations to exclusively help victims of this storm.
First Baptist Church of Groves, TX
United Way of Greater Houston
Global Giving
American Red Cross

Pets and animals haven’t been forgotten, either: 
SPCA of Texas
Austin Pets Alive
San Antonio Humane Society

 

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If you want to help victims of Hurricane Harvey …

Help with rescue efforts

Provide shelter and supplies

  • Food banks are asking for nonperishable staples like canned meat and dry goods, as well as cleaning supplies; the Houston Food BankSoutheast Texas Food Bankin Beaumont, Central Texas Food BankGalveston County Food BankFood Bank of the Golden Crescent and Corpus Christi Food Bank all accept online donations. See the Houston Press’s list of names and contact information for more food banks here.
  • The Houston Food Bank announced Wednesday that is was open and ready to start distributing supplies to those affected by the flood. The food bank also emphasized the need for volunteers, who would be used to inspect and sort food and repack dry food, among other things.
  • Donate food or cash to food banks in your area. Or you can donate to Feeding Texas, a network of food banks across the state. Find your local food bank here.
  • You can also open your home to disaster victims through Airbnb, or by posting on this Facebook group.
  • If you’re in San Antonio, you can sign up to host Harvey victims through the Jewish Federation.
  • Make a cash or diaper donation to the Texas Diaper Bank, which is providing emergency diaper kits to displaced families. The Austin Diaper Bank is also accepting cash or diaper donations to distribute to Harvey victims.
  • The Austin Disaster Relief Fund is calling for 6,000 welcome kits.
  • Donate cash or supplies for children with complex medical needs to Little Lobbyists.
  • In East Texas, Athens First Presbyterian Church is accepting donations — including bottled water, nonperishable food, tarps, trash bags and clean up supplies — for hurricane relief efforts. The church is also looking for volunteers to help accept donations.

Make a donation

Give blood

Several hospitals are reporting blood shortages and seeking donations in the wake of the storm. O negative and O positive donations are particularly helpful, but people of all blood types are encouraged to donate. If you donate on Friday in Austin, you can get there for free using Fasten, a ride-hailing start-up company.

Volunteer your time

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Experts expect it’ll take some time before the floodwaters drain in Houston. In the meantime, several groups are seeking volunteers to help with recovery efforts.

 

 

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