Editor’s note: Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by Harvey. Donations can help provide relief to those affected by this devastating storm. There is more information available about how to give here and here.
As Hurricane Harvey caused devastating flooding in Texas, tens of thousands of people were driven from their homes and communities. More than 32,000 people are already in shelters in the state.
The hurricane made landfall in Texas late last week as a Category 4, and was then downgraded to a tropical storm. Regardless, Harvey has already caused serious damage and devastation.
However, the Better Business Bureau cautions against donating to un-vetted campaigns raising disaster-relief funds.
Donations to the Salvation Army to support the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts can be made:
- Online at helpsalvationarmy.org.
- By calling 1-800- SAL-ARMY.
- By texting STORM to 51555.
To see how your donations are being put to use in the field, the organization provides disaster updates as well.
The Salvation Army has provided shelter, food, and clothing to victims in Houston. In other hard-hit cities, volunteers have been assisting in the efforts to rescue victims as floodwaters rise.
Donations to the Red Cross to support the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts can be made:
- Online at redcross.org.
- By calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.
- By texting the word HARVEY to 90999 (to make a $10 donation).
The Red Cross is helping those affected by Harvey, with hundreds of trained volunteers providing meals and shelter for victims including enough cots and blankets to support more than 20,000 people.
Local Food Banks
The Houston Press has compiled a list of food banks in the affected area. It recommends contacting a food bank directly about their needs.
The group is helping find care and shelter for pets in the area. To give, click here.
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