Hurricane Harvey has caused massive damage in Texas and the aftermath is going to continue to get worse. There is an estimated 450,000 (possibly more) people who need your help. Here are 5 ways you can do that.
1 – The American Red Cross
You can donate an amount of $10 or more online or by phone. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text HARVEY to 90999. You can also go to their website at https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-harvey to donate to victims of Hurricane Harvey.
2 – GoFundMe
The fundraising platform GoFundMe has set up a campaign for Hurricane Harvey victims. You can donate quickly and easily. Access the page at https://www.gofundme.com/hurricaneharvey.
3 – South Texas Blood and Tissue Center
The area was already at a blood shortage before Hurricane Harvey. According to their website they have less than a day of blood on the shelves. Now they are in dire need as they struggle to keep up with the impact of this disaster. Blood donations are urgently needed. To get started and learn more about donating blood click here, https://southtexasblood.org/give-now.
4 – Food Banks
Thousands of people have been misplaced and many establishments with food supplies have been destroyed. Food and water are extremely vital to support Hurricane Harvey victims. Here is a link to a list of food banks in the area that you can support, http://www.elgincourier.com/news/county_state/article_af48f5be-89cc-11e7-b5d8-73e1452875a1.html.
5 – Animal Shelters
Pets have been affected as well. Many pets have either been left behind or lost in the chaos, or owners need a place for their pets to stay if they cannot bring pets to their shelter. Here are a list of shelters and other animal rescue organizations that are helping. Please donate if you can.
- Austin Pets Alive: https://www.austinpetsalive.org/hurricane-harvey-evacuations/.
- San Antonio Humane Society: https://sahumane.org/donate/wishlist.
- SPCA of Texas: https://spca.org/give.
Since Hurricane Harvey hit, so many heroes have stepped up to offer help on the ground. Even though you may not be able to be there to offer direct assistance, there are plenty of things you can do to help.