Hurricane Harvey: How we can help in the aftermath?Ivy Gutierrez
Harvey swept Texas shores as a Category 4 hurricane late Friday evening (Aug 25) just northeast of Corpus Christi. Even though it has been downgraded to a tropical storm, Texas and Louisiana are still in danger, mostly due to floods. Houston area has been hit with catastrophic floods and more than 30.000 people are expected in shelters.
If you are among those lucky enough to watch the storm on TV from the comfort of your own home, you might be wondering how you can help. Do not worry, there are plenty of options!
Volunteer to help with The Red Cross
American Red Cross is at the scene and looking for more volunteers that could help with supply distribution, shelter management, warehousing or anything else. If you have the will to help, register at redcross.org/volunteer. Do not worry about what you would do, they will find something for you.
Can’t volunteer? Donate!
Many organizations depend on financial donations to provide disaster relief immediately. If you can not donate time or money, check your pantry! Perhaps you stocked up on too much bread and water and can spare some?
1. American Red Cross
Help people affected by Hurricane Harvey by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting “HARVEY” to 90999 to make a $10 donation. You can also help people affected by Hurricane Harvey by checking with the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross
2. Salvation Army Disaster Relief Services
Disaster relivef arm of the Salvation army is taking donations. Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to help.
3. Austin Pets Alive Shelter
Our pets need help too! Austin Pets Alive has transpored and housed hunderds of pets over the weekend. They are in need of funding, fostering and pet items. Please check their website to help.
4. Donate Blood in Your Local Blood Bank
Blood banks expect shortages and could use extra doses. Visit South Texas Blood and Tissue Center for more info.
San Antonio Locals – nonperishable items needed!
San Antonio Food Bank is in emergency response mode and many local organizations and companies are teaming up to help. Junior League of San Antonio is taking donations for SAFB to help coordiate the effort.
Our most wanted items are nonperishable food, water, baby food, diapers, flashlights and batteries, new or packaged clothing (NO USED ITEMS OF ANY TYPE), hygiene items, and cleaning supplies. You can also donate H-E-B gift cards!
- SwipeTrack Solutions
8026 Vantage Dr, Suite #200 (off of I-10/410)
San Antonio, TX 78230
- The Bright Shawl
819 Augusta St
San Antonio, TX 78215
If you know what else we could put on the list, comment below and we will update the article!