How To Help Hurricane Harvey Victims

 The storm has dropped record amounts of rainfall leaving millions of residents in need of aid. Here are some ways you can help:

Two organizations – American Red Cross and Salvation Army – are leading efforts and either or both would be worthy of donating to.

Cash donations are the quickest way to make an impact.

The easiest way to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey is by making a cash donation, and earmarking that donation to specifically assist the people affected by this disaster. You can make a donation to the American Red Cross at redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Or, make a financial donation to the Salvation by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.  You can also text STORM to 51555 or visit salvationarmyusa.org.

The Cleveland APL is cutting adoption fees to make room for pets affected by Hurricane Harvey.

United Church Of Christ is helping out too. You can find the details HERE.

From The Salvation Army:

Continued rainfall from Hurricane Harvey presents extreme danger to the Gulf Coast. The Salvation Army in Texas is providing food and hydration to first responders and is preparing for massive feeding efforts for residents. In response to increased needs, The Salvation Army is activating emergency response teams across the country.

“The Salvation Army has activated all of its US and Canadian emergency disaster response assets.

These units are able to provide food, shelter and emotional and spiritual care to those impacted by this ongoing devastating weather event,” said Major C Mark Brown, Director of Business Operation for The Salvation Army Texas Division.

 The Salvation Army:

  • Is procuring and staging truck loads of food boxes, clean up kits, comfort kits and other bulk distribution items in Dallas until down range facilities are identified.
  • Has a national network of trained disaster staff and volunteers and a fleet of more than 500 mobile feeding units that can be deployed.
  • Is deploying 42 mobile kitchens and two field kitchens to Texas. Each of these Salvation Army mobile kitchens can serve an average of 1,500 meals per day.
  • Has served approximately 3,000 meals, snacks, and drinks (reported service stats are on 24 hour delay).
  • Is serving at emergency shelters throughout Texas, including in hard-hit Pasadena and flood-prone Houston.
  • Has provided 400 cots to the City of Dallas for emergency shelter.

As communities become accessible, Salvation Army mobile emergency feeding and hydration vehicles and personnel are moving through the affected areas providing food, water and hot drinks, as well as emotional and spiritual support. This will continue until it is no longer needed.

How People Can Help

Response efforts to this hurricane and flooding are expected be costly and last for years. The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation.

 Online:
helpsalvationarmy.org

Donate By Phone:
1-800-SAL-ARMY

Text to Give:
STORM to 51555

Mail Checks to:
The Salvation Army
PO Box 1959
Atlanta, GA 30301
 ** Please designate “Hurricane Harvey” on all checks. 

From Yahoo News:

The Salvation Army, Save the Children, Southern Baptist Disaster ReliefHeart to Heart and Samaritan’s Purse are all on the ground in devastated areas and seeking donations to continue their response efforts. Texas Diaper Bank is sending out disaster relief kits to those affected. Team Rubicon is an emergency response team made up of military veterans and first responders.

Feeding Texas is a statewide network of food banks, and Houston Press has compiled a list of food banks serving the area hardest hit by Harvey. That list includes Houston Food Bank, Galveston County Food Bank, Food Bank of Corpus Christi and San Antonio Food Bank, among others.

To help nonhuman Texas residents, animal welfare organizations will be focused on rescuing, sheltering and rehoming pets. The Humane Society and the SPCA of Texas and their affiliated shelters will need money, supplies, food and foster volunteers.

Blood donations can be made through the American Red Cross, and Carter BloodCareWe Are Blood and the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center are all Texas-based organizations sure to be seeking increased donations.

Airbnb has set up an Urgent Accommodations page, allowing evacuees to find a place to stay for free with the help of those able to offer their space at no charge.

A list of individual crowdfunding campaigns related to the hurricane can be found at GoFundMe’s Hurricane Harvey Relief pageGlobalGiving, another crowdfunding site, is aiming to raise $2 million for a relief fund.

Most of the above organizations have volunteer opportunities available as well.

For more updates on Harvey, click here for Yahoo News’ live coverage of the storm.

Avoid Being Scammed:
Before giving money to an organization, do your research. Charity Navigator and more can help you find worthy charities. Learn more from the NYTimes here.

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