Rescuers continue to pull people from rising floodwaters. The traumatized and weary evacuees often have nothing but the soaked clothes on their backs. Aid groups are scrambling to provide shelter, emergency services and hope.
There are several ways you can help.
These organizations are helping in Harvey's immediate aftermath, and they will continue working through the long term.
• The American Red Cross
The organization is helping people by providing shelter and sending truck loads of supplies. The American Red Cross is urging people to call 1-800-RED CROSS or to text HARVEY to 90999 to make a donation. You can also click here to donate.
• Salvation Army
The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services is working to help provide food and clothing to victims seeking shelter. Donors can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or click here.
• Global Giving
The global crowdfunding community is attempting to raise $2 million to “provide relief to survivors in the form of emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine in addition to longer-term recovery assistance to help residents recover and rebuild.” Global Giving says all donations made to the fund will be exclusively used to support local relief and recovery efforts. Click here to learn how to donate.
• Catholic Charities USA
The organization is urging people to donate to their disaster relief efforts by texting “CCUSADISASTER” to 71777.
• Texas Diaper Bank
The organization supports the basic needs of vulnerable babies, children with disabilities and seniors. The Texas Diaper Bank is asking for cash and diaper donations to help provide for the victims in Texas. Click here to learn how to donate.
• Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund after receiving an overwhelming number of inquiries of people reaching out to offer help. The funds will be administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation and accepts tax-deductible flood-relief donations. To donate or to learn more, click here.
• Houston Texans star J.J. Watt
The All-Pro defense end has set up a YouCaring page to help raise funds and has raised more than $1.5 million of his $2 million goal. To learn how to donate, click here.
The SPCA is accepting donations and supplies to help pets impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The supplies most needed are cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, large wire crates, toys, treats, pet beds, newspaper and gas gift cards. To learn how to donate, click here.
• Austin Pets Alive
The organization has been helping to transport pets out of local shelters and to safer areas. To learn how to donate supplies or money, click here.