In response to the influx of inquiries from citizens, communities and businesses who want to send help, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund that will accept tax deductible donations for flood victims. The fund will be housed at the Greater Houston Community Foundation and cash donations for as little $10 can be made through the website.
United Way of Greater Houston
The United Way of Greater Houston has launched a Flood Relief Fund to help with the recovery needs of Houston communities in the aftermath of Harvey. The organization maintains a disaster reserve fund, but due to the hurricane’s widespread devastation, the needs of those affected will greatly exceed their existing resources. The number one necessity is still financial help. Visit their website to make your monetary donations and to view updates regarding relief goods.
Houston Food Bank
The Houston Food Bank will be providing food and supplies for many months to come to Texas residents who will be struggling to rebuild their lives. The greatest need is to procure funds that will help the organization provide relief and continuous recovery efforts. Donation of goods and supplies are still welcome. The Food Bank’s most needed items are: canned, ready-to-eat items with pull tops, peanut butter, snacks (granola bars, breakfast bars, etc), paper goods, toiletries, cleaning supplies (mops, brooms, bleach wipes, garbage bags, bug spray, etc.) and diapers.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross whose mission is to continuously build their network of generous volunteers, donors and employees working together in preventing and relieving suffering in America and around the world, is accepting cash donations on its website. You can also call 1.800.RED CROSS or text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation for those in need.
Hollywood celebrities have already rallied to support flood victims via the Red Cross. Sandra Bullock donated $1 million, the Kardashian-Jenner clan contributed $500,000 to both the Red Cross and Salvation Army, while Ellen DeGeneres also donated $25,000 to the organization and the SPCA of Texas in addition to the Ellen DeGeneres show giving $25,000.
The Salvation Army’s relief efforts focus on seven core services namely, Training, Food Service, Emotional and Spiritual Care, Emergency Communications, Disaster Social Services, Donations Management and Recovery. These services are modified depending on the magnitude of the disaster, and will be adapted to meet the specific needs of individual survivors. The Salvation Army will remain in communities impacted by Harvey, providing ongoing assistance to those in need and supporting long-term disaster recovery efforts. Financial donations can be made online, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) or texting STORM to 51555.
Via Twitter, Oprah Winfrey announced she would be donating to both the Salvation Army and the Red Cross.