How to Help Harvey’s Victims

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of the Texas Gulf coast whose lives are being upended by the effects of his storm. Hurricane Harvey’s effects on the Texas coast are likely to be long-lasting.

Those of us watching from afar may feel helpless, but there are ways to help the victims of this massive storm.

Donate money

The best way to help Texans affected by disasters is to donate money to charitable agencies that are experienced in disaster relief, officials say.

Organizations such as the American Red Cross and Salvation Army are trained to respond to disasters such as Harvey, which is pounding the Texas Gulf Coast.

“Right now the best thing people can do is donate money,” said Katrina Farmer, director of American Red Cross offices in San Angelo, Abilene and Wichita Falls, Texas cities far from the coastline. “This is going to be an expensive disaster.”

  • American Red Cross. To donate visit redcross.org, call 1- 800-RED CROSS or text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
  • The Salvation Army: To donate visit givesalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-725-2769.

Donate blood

Blood centers anticipate a shortage and are putting out urgent pleas for donations. The closure of blood banks and collection centers along the coast paired with likely injuries from the storm will stress existing supplies.

People wishing to donate blood should contact their local community’s Red Cross or check for blood banks in their area.

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