By Ebony Johnson
Updated 9:41am EDT, Tue August 29, 2017
Survivors of Hurricane Harvey continue to evacuate as rescuers work diligently to pull people from rising floodwaters. The evacuees have been forced to flee with just the clothes on their backs. Humanitarian Aid groups are working together to provide food, shelter, and emergency services to the survivors.
Here are several ways you can help.
American Red Cross
You can donate by phone and online to help the hurricane victims through the American Red Cross – http://www.redcross.org/
You can give any amount online, text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10. Or you can call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
GoFundMe.com has set up a Hurricane Harvey Relief page to help support those who have been affected by the storm.
Houston Flood Relief Fund formed by Houston Texan JJ Watt. The fund has reached over $383,000.
Houston Flood Relief Fund – https://www.youcaring.com/victimsofhurricaneharvey-915053
The Salvation Army has begun a page for Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts. There, anyone can make a financial donation to a disaster relief charity by phone, mail or online.
Catholic Charities the official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church, is accepting donations. Their recovery efforts will include disaster response and recovery efforts, including direct assistance, rebuilding and health care services.
You can make donations online or by phone. You can also text CCUSADISASTER to 71777 to donate.
Catholic Charities – https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/CCUSADISASTER
Whole Foods Market Headquarters, based in Austin, Texas, has teamed up with Amazon.com to help raise funds for flood victims.
Amazon and Whole Foods Market will match cash donations made on Amazon.com, up to $1 million total, to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.
If you are in Texas, there are additional ways you can help:
Donate blood: The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center desperately needs more than 2,000 units of blood. The biggest need is for O positive and O negative. A list of locations to donate blood can be found here: https://southtexasblood.org/.
Donate food and clothing: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is asking people to donate clothing, medical supplies, baby items, and food to nearby shelters. Feeding Texas (http://mailchi.mp/ac80c17d9660/harvey-food-banks) is coordinating with local food banks to distribute food and cleaning supplies. The organization is asking people to drop off non-perishable food, bleach, and paper towels. The Texas Diaper bank (http://www.texasdiaperbank.org/) is seeking diaper donations. You can mail them to 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, Texas 78238 or drop them off at the same address.
Help with clean up: Austin Disaster Relief Network (https://adrn.org/disaster-relief/hurricaneharvey/) is asking for toiletries, inflatable mattresses, undergarments, and cleaning tools. They can be dropped off at the Hope Family Thrift Store (http://hopefamilythrift.org/) in Austin. Volunteers can also sign up for cleaning efforts there.
#Houston Shelters are available to provide a safe place for residents evacuated by the hurricane.
Gallery Furniture is welcoming Houstonians in need of shelter from rising flood waters to the location off I-45 North between Tidwell and Parker. Gallery Furniture is stocked with food, water, plenty of mattresses and looks forward to keeping their neighbors safe from the storm. Gallery Furniture is in need of pet kennels or crates.
CITY OF HOUSTON
George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida De Las Americas,
Houston, TX 77010
Mayor Sylvester Turner has announced that all City of Houston Multi-Service Centers and some other designated City and non-profit facilities will be opened for those who may need immediate shelter from flood waters.
Houstonians residing in flooded dwellings may consider seeking temporary shelter by walking to a neighborhood Multi-Service Center or other designated facility. Only consider this option if it is safe to do so. Driving vehicles in flood waters is discouraged.
Call 3-1-1 (713.837.0311) to report high water and other non life-threatening incidents. City officials are asking residents not to call 9-1-1 unless there is a life-threatening emergency.
Denver Harbor Multi-Service Center
6402 Market Street
Houston Texas 77020
Fifth Ward Multi-Service Center
4014 Market Street
Houston, Texas 77020
Sunnyside Multi-Service Center
Houston, Texas 77051
Third Ward Multi-Service Center
3611 Ennis Street
Houston, Texas 77004
West End Multi-Service Center
170 Heights Blvd
Houston, Texas 77007
John Peavy Senior Center
3814 Market Street
Houston, Texas 77020
Kashmere Gardens Branch Library
Houston, Texas 77026
Additional temporary shelters offered by non-profit agencies:
Houston, Texas 77014
Lyndale United Church
Houston, Texas 77002
MD Anderson YMCA
Houston, Texas 77009
Trotter Family YMCA
1331 Augusta Drive
Houston, Texas 77057
Community of Faith Church
1024 Pinemont Drive
Houston, Texas 77091
M.O. Campbell Education Center
1865 Aldine Bender Rd.
Houston, Texas 77032
YMCA at Calvalcade
705 Cavalcade St.
Houston, TX 77009
Northshore High School – 9th Grade Campus
13501 Hollypark Dr.
Westside High School
14201 Briar Forest
Paul Revere Middle School
10502 Briar Forest
Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road