Hurricane Harvey: How You Can Help
Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas on Saturday, August 26th, causing extensive damage in the state. Additionally, the storm’s rain is currently flooding areas of Houston and is expected to continue for the next several days. The full impact of the storm will be revealed over the next few days, and organizations on the ground are working immediately to keep people safe.
There will be a large number of people displaced from the storm damage and the flooding that is expected to continue through this week. As Harvey continues to dump rain on the Gulf Coast and floodwaters rise, many organizations are doing vital work to help save lives and give comfort.
Here’s a list of some of the organizations that have committed to helping Harvey victims and how you can help them:
- Donate money or product through Delivering Good.
- Donate to help quickly rebuild houses Texas, Louisiana and the rest of the Gulf Coast that was hit: : Saint Bernard Project
- Donate directly to Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund started by Mayor Sylvester Turner.
- The Texas Diaper Bank, based in San Antonio, works to meet the basic needs of vulnerable babies, children with disabilities, and seniors. It focuses on providing partner agencies with diapers and goods.
- The SPCA of Texas is organizing evacuations of pets in Texas (including 123 cats from a shelter in Corpus Christi) and offers resources on pet-friendly housing for evacuees.
- Food: A number of food banks will be aiding the affected region. Consider donating money instead of food, as it allows a food bank to use your donation most efficiently.
Feeding Texas is a statewide nonprofit that works alongside state and federal relief efforts. The organization says it steps in during major disasters to “coordinate with the state and other providers so that relief reaches families quickly and the ‘second disaster’ of an unorganized response is avoided.”
Here is its list of food banks in Texas affected by Harvey:
Food Bank of the Golden Crescent (Victoria)
Southeast Texas Food Bank (Beaumont)
Brazos Valley Food Bank (Bryan)
Central Texas Food Bank (Austin)