Helping Others

Here’s how you can help victims of Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas, leaving rampant flooding in Texas and parts of Louisiana.

Harvey, a Category 4 hurricane that became a tropical storm, hit Texas late on Aug. 25. The storm caused devastating flooding in Texas, affecting at least 50 counties, according to The Associated Press. It has been blamed for at least 70 deaths as of Wednesday afternoon, The Associated Press reports. Plenty of people are pitching in to help with cleanup, but donations and volunteers are neededVictims , the AP says.

Here are ways you can help:

  • Donate to or volunteer for the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross is seeking donations to help victims. You can donate through the website,, or text 90999 to give $10. With such widespread, catastrophic flooding, the organization is also in need of volunteers.
  • Give to the Great Houston Community Foundation: Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, has established a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund with the foundation to aid victims, according to the Sacramento Region Community Foundation. Donate here:
  • Donate to United Way of Greater Houston: The local United Way has set up a relief fund for victims, and its first focus will be on shelter and basic needs, according to the Houston Chronicle. Visit to donate.
  • Give to Americares: The Connecticut-based organization Americares is delivering relief supplies including bottled water and vaccines, the Chronicle says. You can donate here. Best Friends is also pitching in; donate here.
  • Donate to The Salvation Army: The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services is receiving donations for flood victims. You can donate by calling 800-SAL-ARMY or visit the website.
  • Give to help animals: Sacramento-based national nonprofit RedRover is going to Texas to help animals in crisis. You can support them here. Austin Pets Alive! is aiding shelters in Harvey’s path. They need funds, fosters and items to take in more pets. You can donate here. The SPCA of Texas is also helping pets affected by the flooding; donate here.
  • Donate to J.J. Watt’s fundraiser: The Texans defensive end’s YouCaring campaign has surpassed $1 million; donate here.
  • Give blood: The flooding has forced Texas donation centers to close and canceled blood drives, putting a strain on the critical blood supply. Bloodsource’s donation locations are here. The Red Cross also provides information here.
  • Donate to Habitat for Humanity: Habitat is responding to Texas needs and it’s gearing up for a Hurricane Irma response, according to the group’s Mackenzie Palmer. Donate to the Harvey effort here or by calling 800-HABITAT.

To learn more about charities, visit GuideStar, which offers reports on nonprofits so you can make an educated decision about donating.

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