I don’t know about you but seeing the news coverage and social media posts unfold of those affected by Hurricane Harvey has been all too overwhelming and leaving me with feelings of helplessness. I don’t have any loved ones in the gulf so I can only fathom what those who are in that area or who have loved ones there are going through! The worst part of it all is, it’s not over! It’s being reported that the Hurricane is making a U-Turn and is predicted to come back in a few days!
When natural disasters like this occur the only way for me to find a way to cope is to find ways to help that I KNOW I have control over. So I did some serious research and made this list for you all so that if you also feel the need to help in some way you’ll know how to do so where it will go to the people who need it instead of lining someone else’s pockets.
— Michael Hamtil (@mhamtil) August 28, 2017
BEWARE of the scammers who take advantage of tragedies like this! Be selective of where you place your donations and make sure they are a truly REPUTABLE charity. Here is a list I’ve compiled of the most reputable organizations involved in disaster relief for Hurricane Harvey to date.
The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD) states it is best if individuals donate cash instead of materials and supplies in most cases. Organizations that receive unsolicited donations have to take time to catalog and store such materials, which takes valuable time away from working on urgent needs.
If you represent a cooperation that wants to donate supplies or you’re an individual wanting to donate cash please, or you want to volunteer your time to help, please visit this link.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) August 27, 2017
One of the most trusted charities that I personally prefer to donate to is the Lds Charities. When you donate to them 100% of your donation goes to help those in need regardless of their race, religion, or ethnic origin. Here is a video to give you an idea of what your donations go towards:
As noted in news conferences and confirmed by City Council Woman Cisneros, the city has no capacity to staff and resource smaller centers as a result of inaccessible roadways. The Red Cross is currently focused on creating additional “mega shelters” that can house an additional 3,000+ persons such as the large shelter they’ve provided at the George R. Brown Convention Center. For more information on shelters and flood-related concerns, please click here.
In lieu of those circumstances the YMCA will be accepting donations at St. Patrick’s Church of the following items to deliver to Lindale Reid Assembly and Holy Name Church to help support their shelter efforts.
- Bedding items such as blankets, sheets and pillows
- Food items such as fruit, dry cereal, and other items (canned and fresh) that can be used to prepare meals
- Socks, underwear, t-shirts in all sizes. At this time no other clothing is needed due to limited storage capacity
- Trash bags and cleaning supplies like 409, paper plates, plastic ware, cups
Boxes to put goods in for easier transport
JustServe.org provides opportunities to relieve suffering, care for the poor and needy, and enhance the quality of life in the community. JustServe is not for proselytizing or publicity—it is simply a service to help link community volunteer needs with volunteers. Simply placing the zip code or name of the city and state of the area you wish to serve in will give you a list of opportunities to volunteer your time and service to others in need anywhere in the US.
The Salvation Army USA will remain in communities impacted by this terrible storm, supporting long-term disaster recovery efforts and providing ongoing assistance to those in need.
DONATE BY PHONE call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or visit their website to make a direct donation here.
This deputy worked 12+ hours through the night, doing high water rescues. Worked until he couldn’t stand anymore. God bless you sir! pic.twitter.com/O1PbCHFlSY
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) August 28, 2017
Save the Children US emergency responders are on the ground ready to help kids and families whose lives will be impacted by the hurricane. They need your generous gift to support their efforts. Your support will help them protect vulnerable children and provide desperately needed relief to families.
visit their website to make a direct donation here.
— Dwight Silverman (@dsilverman) August 27, 2017
Contact the closest food bank listed here to find out how you can effectively volunteer or donate following the disaster. Consider donating money instead of food, as this can be done from the safety of your home and will avoid the complications of sorting and distributing varied food items.
If you wish to give food, their food banks will be seeking ready-to-eat staples like pop-top meat / fish, powdered milk, cereal, canned fruit, fruit cups, peanut butter and jelly. Cleaning supplies such as bleach and paper towels will also be accepted. In addition to donating at food bank facilities, local grocers may provide collection points for donations.
or Contact the closest food bank listed here
Donate money towards the donate diapers to needy families here.
After receiving an overwhelming number of inquiries from citizens and companies who want to help, Mayor Sylvester Turner has established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund that will accept tax deductible flood relief donations for victims that have been affected by the recent floods. donate diapers to needy families here.
The SPCA of Texas has also put out a call for foster homes to help care for the animals already in shelters and those coming from the Gulf Coast. You can sign up here. The organization is also accepting financial donations and in-kind donations, including cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, large wire crates, toys, treats, pet beds, newspaper and gas gift cards.
A few moments ago in Houston. pic.twitter.com/rokkRCiA2P
— Alan Blinder (@alanblinder) August 27, 2017
The Houston Humane Society is taking care of and sheltering many pets and could use donations and in-kind donations
Airbnb is working to coordinate people in need of a place to stay with people willing to offer a free room. donations and in-kind donations
If there are any other REPUTABLE sites that should be listed, please comment below.
Let’s all pray for the safety and quick recovery of those in the path of this horrific storm.
— Alison Cook (@alisoncook) August 27, 2017
A HUGE thank you to those who have volunteered their time, money and resources to help those devastated by Hurricane Harvey. May you blessed all your days for your efforts.
Dear God some people give me such hope:
REPORTER: What are you going to do?
HERO: I’m gonna save some lives.pic.twitter.com/Qj2nmvCD97
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) August 27, 2017
If you or your family lives in the area affected by Hurricane Harvey please pass this information along from Mormon Helping Hands if they need assistance: