How to Help Flood Victims Impacted by Hurricane Harvey
The Texas coast has experienced devastating effects of flooding from Hurricane Harvey over the past weekend. At least five people have died and the storm has prompted thousands of rescues. More evacuations are also underway due to swollen waterways that are predicted to create more flooding effects over the next several days.
Many citizens all over the country are already asking how they can help the victims. If you are looking to make a difference, Fox 26 in Houston has a released a list of ways you can help:
The American Red Cross
The organization is helping people by providing shelter and sending truck loads of supplies. The American Red Cross is urging people to call 1-800-RED CROSS or to text HARVEY to 90999 to make a donation. You can also click here to donate.
The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services is working to help provide food and clothing to victims seeking shelter. Donors can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or click here.
The global crowdfunding community is attempting to raise $2 million to “provide relief to survivors in the form of emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine in addition to longer-term recovery assistance to help residents recover and rebuild.” Global Giving says all donations made to the fund will be exclusively used to support local relief and recovery efforts. Click here to learn how to donate.
Catholic Charities USA
The organization is urging people to donate to their disaster relief efforts by texting “CCUSADISASTER” to 71777.
Texas Diaper Bank
The organization supports the basic needs of vulnerable babies, children with disabilities and seniors. The Texas Diaper Bank is asking for cash and diaper donations to help provide for the victims in Texas. Click here to learn how to donate.
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund after receiving an overwhelming number of inquiries of people reaching out to offer help. The funds will be administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation and accepts tax-deductible flood-relief donations. To donate or to learn more, click here.
Houston Texans star J.J. Watt
The All-Pro defense end has set up a YouCaring page to help raise funds and has raised more than $275,000 of his $500,000 goal. To learn how to donate, click here.
Two Samaritan’s Purse disaster relief units are now in Texas to help residents. Soon they will have a total of five of these tractor trailers in the state, setting up volunteer bases around Victoria, Rockport/Portland, Galveston/Santa Fe, and two in Houston. To donate, click here.
The SPCA is accepting donations and supplies to help pets impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The supplies most needed are cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, large wire crates, toys, treats, pet beds, newspaper and gas gift cards. To learn how to donate, click here.
Austin Pets Alive
The organization has been helping to transport pets out of local shelters and to safer areas. To learn how to donate supplies or money, click here.
If you’re looking to volunteer your time to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army are in need of volunteers to help at shelters. You can learn how to volunteer for the American Red Cross here and for the Salvation Army here.