Slow-moving Tropical Storm Harvey, which made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane, has parked itself over the southeast portion of Texas. The system unleashed already-catastrophic flooding already in Houston, which saw over 1,000 people rescued from their homes. The storm has killed at least eight people, and it looks like matters will grow much worse before the storm moves east. Many people on social media have sent their thoughts and prayers to the people of Texas and God isn't having it!
If you wish to donate money, time, or anything else to Harvey victims, you can find a list of charitable organizations, check out the links below:
The Red Cross is accepting online donations or you can text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Save The Children is on the ground helping families with children in Texas.
Local food banks will be pushed to their limits during the disaster, providing much-needed supplies to residents in affected areas. The Galveston Food Bank, Corpus Christi Food Bank, and Houston Food Bank are good places to start, and you can find an expansive list of food banks here.
Portlight is a local grassroots organization that provides disaster relief to disabled people. The group has also set up a hotline accepting “urgent requests for assistance for people with disabilities or older adults: (800) 626-4959.
The Texas Diaper Bank provides much-needed relief to families with children in the form of diapers and baby essentials (much of which is often not stocked at emergency shelters).
The Coalition for the Homeless is working to aid some of the most vulnerable residents in Texas – the homeless, organizing shelter and working with local organizations. This is particularly true in Houston, where many of the city’s homeless reportedly did not seek shelter from the storm in advance.
Global Giving has set up a relief fund that will provide emergency supplies as well as “longer-term recovery assistance” as residents start to return to their homes and rebuild.
SPCA of Texas is specifically concerned with rescuing and rehoming any animals affected by the storm.
Send Relief and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) are on the ground in Texas now working to aid Harvey victims, and will be working on disaster relief in affected communities after the storm.
GoFundMe has created a hub page for all its Harvey-related fundraising efforts.
Americares is working to provide emergency medicine and supplies to Harvey victims.
Airbnb is helping Harvey victims who’ve been forced to leave their homes find temporary shelter by pairing evacuees with residents willing to host them for free.
This relief map is an excellent resource for people on the ground in Texas to volunteer and help with supplies.