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How to Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Vivian Farmer
September 05, 2017

The effects of Hurricane Harvey on Texas communities is unprecedented.  Thousands have been displaced from their homes, and as this disaster continues, we know that the need is great to help fellow Texans.  

Below is a list of ways we’ve vetted that you use to help aid those in need.

We’re providing this quick curated list to help source areas of greatest need.  When considering donations, please check with the organization directly to determine if they have asked for specifics.  Also, make sure to research before making any donation. Two well-known resources for this are:  www.charitynavigator.org and http://www.guidestar.org.

Toiletries & Food Banks

When we think of floods, we think of people displaced from their homes. Many had to leave so quickly, they couldn’t bring  everyday items such as toiletries. For those who need assistance such as babies, children with disabilities and seniors – toiletries are important to overall health. Clean undergarments are vital for the safety and well-being.

The Texas diaper bank provides diapers for vulnerable babies, children with disabilities and seniors.

Area food banks are stepping up to the plate to provide food and water to many displaced by Hurricane Harvey. Some food banks need volunteers– others have specific lists of needs. Here are some of the food banks around the state who are assisting during this time of high needcourtesy of Houston Press

  • RGV Food Bank 956-682-8101
    • The Rio Grande Valley Food Bank has partnered with the RedCross and other food banks throughout Texas to provide relief. They are not currently taking physical donations, but you can donate money here. According to their website, $10 = 50 meals.
  • Southeast Texas Food Bank 409-839-8777
  • Galveston County Food Bank 409-945-4232
  • Corpus Christi Food Bank 361-887-6291
  • Houston Food Bank 832-369-9390 This food bank is currently closed due to floodwaters however are taking monetary donations. Check their website to see when they reopen. They will probably need to resupply their stock.    
    • If you have small donations, such as a few grocery bags or a few small boxes of food, you can drop them off at the lobby of the Houston Food Bank.
    • Large scale donations must be dropped off at the warehouse between 8a.m. and 5p.m. Monday-Friday. Call Jessica Pena at 713-547-8643 before dropping off large donations.
    • Food donations are always appreciated however the Houston Food Bank can make money go farther. According to their website, every dollar donated translates into $6 worth of food or 3 meals.
  • San Antonio Food Bank 210- 337-3663
    • San Antonio Food Bank is providing food for all the evacuees. As of today, about 10,000 evacuees from Houston are coming to san Antonio. 

Lodging

Thousands have been pushed from their homes at this time and many will not have homes to go back to. For many of us, home is where memories are made with family and friends. Being able to provide lodging may not make the water go away, but it gets people out of the water and gives them an opportunity to recharge their emotional and physical batteries before pressing on.

  • Airbnb hosts are offering urgent accommodations to families, residents and aid workers in the area affected by Hurricane Harvey. All service fees are waived for affected residents checking in between August 23 and September 1. Go here to learn more about offering accommodations to those in need.
  • Cameron County Hotel Taxes Waived
    • Cameron County is part of the emergency relief area, as designated by the state of Texas. Cameron County visitors whose homes have been destroyed or have been temporarily restricted from returning home due to Hurricane Harvey will have their hotel taxes waived. 

Monetary

Giving money to relief organizations is a great way to help if you are too far away from the disaster area to volunteer your time and resources. We’ve found a few charities that will use your money in the best way possible.

  • World Vision
    • World Vision responds to disasters across the United States with family food kits and other supplies. The organization also stays in the affected areas to help communities rebuild after the disaster has subsided. You can provide aid for U.S. disaster relief here.
  • Red Cross
    • Text “HARVEY” to 90999 to make a $10 donation
    • Visit redcross.org
    • Call direct at 1-800-Red Cross
  • The United Way
    • Text “UWFLOOD” to 41444 to donate
  • The Salvation Army
    • Call direct at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
    • Visit the Salvation Army website
    • Send a check by mail:
      • The Salvation Army, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301
      • Designate Hurricane Harvey on all checks
  • H-E-B – Tear Sheet Program
    • Today, all H‑E‑B, Central Market and Joe V’s Smart Shop stores across Texas launched a statewide tear pad campaign, giving shoppers the ability to make donations in increments  of $1, $3, or $5 – which can be added to the total grocery bill.
    • All donations benefit:
      • American Red Cross for Texas Flood and Hurricane Relief
      • The Salvation Army and Feeding Texas.

However you choose to donate, please know that monetary donations are preferred by most organizations. Monetary donations empower organizations to buy supplies as needs arise, and organizations do not have plan transportation of supplies as they would with physical donations.