How to Help those Affected x Hurricane Harvey
Hurricane Harvey has affected our family and state in a big way. We are fortunate to be in Dallas, farther from the coastal flooding, but cannot sit back and watch the devastation along the coast without finding ways to help. Our mom and sister are in Houston right now and they are expecting another 25 inches of rain this week.
We decided to round up a list of ways to help those affected by the hurricane's path for those in Dallas or around the world....
Donate THINGS: Donate clothing, toiletries and hygiene products, and non-perishable foods to the volunteer organization the Trusted World. The Hurricane Harvey Donation Drive is on-going. The drop-off location for donations is at 15660 N. Dallas Parkway. Donations will be accepted from 3pm - 8pm daily. Stay up to date on their donation needs by clicking here.
Volunteer at Shelters: Trusted World is operating three shelters for evacuees in Dallas. They need help sorting donations collected during the Hurricane Harvey Donation Drive — sign up here to volunteer. The Red Cross has teamed with the city of Dallas to open two shelters, the first at the Walnut Hill Recreation Center, which reached capacity Friday evening. The second is at the Tommie Allen Recreation Center at 7071 Bonnie View Road. Sign up here to volunteer.
Host Evacuees: You can open up your home to Harvey evacuees for free on Airbnb. Learn more.
Donate Blood: Carter Blood Care is sending donations to South Texas. Find your nearest location.
Save the Animals: SPCA of Texas is putting every available resource behind assisting pets and people who have evacuated the Gulf Coast to the North Texas area. The agency is asking for donations of cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, treats, toys and newspaper. Donations can be dropped off at the following two locations: SPCA of Texas Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas and the SPCA of Texas at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney. You can donate money to the SPCA of Texas. You can donate supplies though their Amazon Wish List. They are also looking for foster volunteers— learn more and sign up to foster.
Save the Animals: SPCA of Texas is putting every available resource behind assisting pets and people who have evacuated the Gulf Coast to the North Texas area. You can help by making a monetary donation to the SPCA of Texas. You can donate supplies though their Amazon.com wish list.
Help Children: The Texas Diaper Bank has issued an urgent request for donations, stating that diapers are not provided by disaster relief agencies. The diaper bank will be distributing emergency diaper kits to affected families. Make a monetary donation to the Texas Diaper Bank. You can also purchase items from their Amazon Wish List.
Help the Homeless: The Coalition for the Homeless Houston works to find places for our most vulnerable citizens. Learn more about the ways that they are requesting help.
Help those with Medical Needs: Even as relief organizations work to help large numbers of people, it’s difficult sometimes for them to provide for people with special needs. Portlight, which has provided inclusive relief to people with disabilities for twenty years—including in Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy—is working to ensure that people who require medical equipment and assistive technology have what they need after they evacuate, and to make sure that those same folks are able to get to safety. They accept donations via PayPal. Direct Relief USA offers prescription drugs and other medical supplies to those who need it in emergency situations, and works with clinics and primary care doctors to ensure that people are able to get what they need when they need it. They’re accepting financial contributions.
Other Aid Efforts to Consider:
- Global Giving is a long way from its $2 million goal. Donate now.
- Texans superstar, J.J. Watt, launched a benefit (and backed it up with $100,000 of his own money). Learn more.
- Grassroots fundraising opportunities via GoFundMe — Donate to the Direct Impact Fund in partnership with GoFundMe. Your tax-deductible donation will go directly to support individuals with verified campaigns on GoFundMe. Donate now.
- The Coastal Bend Recovery Group is on the ground now. Learn more.
- The Red Cross is taking donations for Hurricane Harvey Relief. To make a donation — go online (click here), call 1-800-RED CROSS, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
- The Salvation Army: The Salvation Army is ready to provide physical, emotional and spiritual care to survivors and relief workers. Salvation Army disaster teams from across the country are mobilizing and, even after disaster response efforts are over, The Salvation Army will remain in communities impacted by this terrible storm, supporting long-term disaster recovery efforts and providing ongoing assistance to those in need. Click here to make a monetary donation.
- Hurricane Harvey Relief Facebook group
More organizations that need donations and volunteers to respond to the disaster.
List of organizations approved by the Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster nonprofit.