How You Can Help the Victims of Tropical Storm Harvey
All of us at Quick send their thoughts and prayers to the victims of Tropical Storm Harvey. It's inspiring to hear about the people around the country who have come together to support those in need, and we are grateful for the first responders at work on the ground who are helping in so many ways.
Many people are asking how they can provide help to those affected by the devastation of Tropical Storm Harvey.
As a category 4 Hurricane, Harvey slammed the Gulf Coast of Texas north of Corpus Christi, flattening communities and leaving destruction in its wake on early Saturday. By Sunday morning, more than 24 inches of rain had fallen in Houston, causing catastrophic floods.
Tropical Storm Harvey is still bringing torrential rains in Southeast Texas and Louisiana, with another 25 inches of rain expected through Thursday. Historic rainfall is expected to reach 50 inches in parts.
Here's how you can help those in need:
Direct Relief’s medical assistance programs equip health professionals working in resource-poor communities to meet the challenges of diagnosing, treating, and caring for people without regard to politics, religion, gender, race, or ability to pay. Direct Relief is focusing their relief efforts on the health facilities that serve people who rely on the healthcare safety net for essential services. They are supporting efforts in Houston and throughout Texas, especially those health clinics who are reaching out to help the most vulnerable people. To donate, go to: www.directrelief.org
The American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross has shelters open now across parts of Texas affected by Tropical Storm Harvey, and is prepared to extend those shelters across portions of the Gulf Coast as Harvey's rains shift eastward into Louisiana. Truckloads of supplies are being distributed and volunteers are in place. To support the American Red Cross and its efforts for those affected by Harvey please click here.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is providing physical, emotional and spiritual care to those survivors and relief workers in the areas affected by Tropical Storm Harvey. Disaster teams from the Salvation Army are moving into those areas and will remain in those communities providing recovery efforts and providing ongoing assistance to those in need. To support the Salvation Army and its efforts for those affected by Harvey, please click here.
Texas Diaper Bank
The Texas Diaper Bank was established by ten local United Methodist Churches in San Antonio, and since 1997 has been working to meet the needs of babies, children with disabilities and seniors in crisis. To donate to the Texas Diaper Bank, please click here and designate your donation to Disaster Relief.
Catholic Charities USA
Catholic Charities USA is the official domestic relief agency of the US Catholic Church, and provides long-term support to those affected by disasters across the nation. They provide this support without regard for religion, social or economic background for the entire community. To donate to Catholic Charities USA, please click here.
Samaritan's Purse has positioned disaster relief materials and personnel in Texas and in order to move into the hardest-hit areas as soon as they have been given the all-clear by state authorities. They have been mobilizing additional resources to move into the areas devastated by Harvey to provide help and comfort as needed.
To donate to Samaritan's Purse and its disaster relief efforts, please click here.
North American Mission Board/Southern Baptist Disaster Relief
The Southern Baptist Disaster Relief has deployed resources to Texas as part of their first response to the hardest hit areas by the fury of Tropical Storm Harvey. They have sent supplies including rolled roofing, personal protection equipment and mold removal solution to help with clean up for people in the affected areas. Teams from SBDR plan to be on the ground for months to come as volunteers work tirelessly to care for those affected by the storm. To donate to the North American Mission Board's disaster relief efforts, please click here.
SPCA of Texas
The SPCA of Texas is working to help the thousands of animals displaced and affected by Tropical Storm Harvey. Many of them have been separated from their families and have been completely uprooted from their homes.
To donate to the SPCA of Texas and their efforts, please click here.
AABB, which coordinates a task force to manage blood collection efforts during disasters, put out a call on Sunday for blood donations in the aftermath of Harvey. Most in demand: those with type O-positive blood. Those interested in donating blood may contact the following organizations:
- AABB: 301-907-6977
- America’s Blood Centers
- American Red Cross: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)
- Armed Services Blood Program: 703-681-5979
For more options, the Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends checking with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster for a list of trusted disaster-relief organizations in Texas.