After making landfall Friday night, Hurricane Harvey has settled over the Texas Gulf coast where it is dropping an unprecedented and catastrophic amount of rainfall. Tens of thousands of our fellow Texans have been impacted by the storm, whether by the initial landfall or the deluge of rain that has fallen in the days afterward.
Watching all of this may make you feel helpless, but there are ways you can get involved now:
American Red Cross To donate, visit redcross.org, call 1- 800-RED CROSS or text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
The Salvation Army is accepting financial donations. To donate, visit helpsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-725-2769.
The Dallas Foundation has started a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Donate at dallasfoundation.org.
DONATE CLOTHING, SUPPLIES
For people interested in helping set up the mega shelter at the Dallas Convention Center, Dallas County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster member Trusted World is accepting new underwear, new socks, new warmups for men, women, children and infants, toiletries/hygiene products, baby formula and baby wipes, bottles, diapers and the Graco Pac n’ Plays for babies to sleep in. Drop off is at 15660 N. Dallas Parkway, just north of Arapaho on the north side of the Parkway. The donations center will open daily from 3 to 8 p.m. daily. TrustedWorld.org
Carter BloodCare will send blood donations to its partners affected by Hurricane Harvey. 1-877-571-1000. Text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999
SPCA of Texas is expecting 300 cats and dogs to come to North Texas. The agency is asking for donations of cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, treats, toys and newspaper. Donations can be dropped off at SPCA of Texas Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas and the SPCA of Texas at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney. Monetary donations can be made online at SPCA.org/gift
Volunteer your rental home or room at through rental site Airbnb.com, which is connecting evacuees in the path of the storm with free, short-term lodging. Airbnb hosts are able to volunteer their rentals through a sign-up program at Airbnb.com/disaster.
The Red Cross and Salvation Army will be involved with disaster relief efforts, providing shelter, fresh drinking water, food, toiletries, clothes, bedding and other necessities. They also are involved with rebuilding efforts once the storm has passed and will send trained volunteers to help with the recovery. The Red Cross and Salvation Army also need volunteers to help at the shelters set up to house people who fled the coast.
Red Cross: redcross.org/volunteer
Salvation Army: salvationarmyusa.org/usn/volunteer
ADDITIONAL WAYS YOU CAN HELP NOW:
Catholic Charities USA: Visit catholiccharitiesusa.org to donate.
GlobalGiving: Visit globalgiving.org/harvey. Donors can also text HARVEY to 80100 to donate $10 to GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
Save the Children: Visit savethechildren.org. Save the Children’s emergency response team is on the ground in San Antonio working to meet children and families’ immediate needs.
Apple: The multimedia giant has set up a donation link directly on iTunes and App Store. Visit apple.com for more information. Donations will go directly to the American Red Cross.
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established this fund administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation to accept tax-deductible flood-relief donations. Donations can be made at ghcf.org.
These are just a few of the ways you can help our fellow Texans. Please act now to help our neighbors in need.