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Hurricane Harvey: How we can help in the aftermath?

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.

Google map showing areas affected by Harvey and shelters. More shelters are available ourside the displayed map. Please refer to the interactive map here.

Google map showing areas affected by Harvey and prepared shelters. More shelters are available ourside the displayed map. Please refer to the interactive map here.

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!

Donate Monday and Tuesday at these locations!

Donate Monday and Tuesday at these locations!

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 and The Bright Shawl will serve as a collection points for Junior League. Please drop off your items Monday and Tuesday between 10AM and 3PM:

  • 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

You may also look for alternate location here, donate money or voluteer to help San Antonio Food Bank.

If you know what else we could put on the list, comment below and we will update the article!

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