Multiple Ways to Help Harvey Victims

posted by Jennie James -

There are so many ways you can help.  Money, time, needed items.  

The most traditional way is: The American Red Cross.  The organization is urging people to call 1-800-RED CROSS or text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation for those in need.

Also, the Salvation Army.

H-E-B has tear sheets at the register for $1, $3, or $5.  The money will go to either the Red Cross, Salvation Army, or Feeding Texas.  Read about there Disaster Relief here.

Houston Texan JJ Watt set up a Youcaring Fundraiser called "Houston Flood Relief Fund" that he started by donating $100,000.  They're already almost to $400K, just short of their $500,000 goal!

The San Antonio Food Bank is currently serving 6,000 meals a day to evacuees.  You can drop off items at the food bank warehouse from 8am-5pm or at any city council district field office.  In need of most: food, diapers, baby formula, pet supplies, hygiene products, and clothing (unused only).

The Animal Defense League and the San Antonio Humane Society are looking for used or new towels, flat sheets, blankets, crates, pop-up kennels.  They also want foster families for the animals. 

The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center needs blood immediately because of the increased demand to support affected areas.  Make an appointment or walk in.

Americares is non-profit focused on medicine and  health is seeking to provide emergency medical supplies and other basic  resources to first responders and others in Texas. You can give here. (4/4 stars from Charity Navigator.)

Portlight is a disaster response group dedicated specifically to people with  disabilities. They are seeking to help affected people with evacuation  and finding shelter, any medical equipment needs they might have, and  more. You can learn more about their efforts here.

Children's needs are often overlooked in disaster relief. The Texas Diaper Bank helps parents in need. Donate here.

A couple key points to keep in mind:

  • Do your own research before giving to any group
  • Groups with strong local ties to their community can sometimes be the best option
  • You have a right to demand accountability of the groups you give to

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