How to help the hurricane victims

Hurricane Harvey 2017: Updated list on how to help Texas storm victims

This information was written by By Leada Gore

lgore … I have added commentary in the highlights

Hurricane Harvey is pounding Texas, bringing damaging winds and life-threatening flooding.

Harvey was a Category 4 storm with winds of 130 mph at landfall Friday night. It weakened to a Category 1 hurricane with winds of 75 mph on Saturday morning but the main concern now is flooding. Harvey would bring up to 30 inches of rain over the next few days as the storm stalls over the middle Texas coast.

There are ways to get involved and help the victims of this massive storm:

American Red Cross – You can donate directly to the American Red Cross to assist hurricane victims. Minimum online donation is $10. To donate visit redcross.org, call 1- 800-RED CROSS or text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Be aware that the Red Cross has a history of collecting disaster time donations and keeping them in the general fund for other activities.

Salvation Army – Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, go to the donate online or send your contribution, earmarked "Disaster Relief," to The Salvation Army, 10755 Burt St, Omaha, NE 68114.

Catholic Charities USA – Donated funds go to support recovery efforts, including direct assistance, rebuilding and health care services. You can donate here.

Driscoll Children’s Hospital – The children’s hospital is located in Corpus Christi, one of the cities hardest hit by the storm. Most patients have been moved but the hospital hut help with recovery will be needed. You can donate online at www.driscollchildrens.org.

Samaritan’s Purse – Disaster relief units are headed towards the area, according to Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. You can make donations towards their efforts here. This charity creeps me out and is pushed by multi-million dollar ministers.

Global Giving, a crowdfunding community, is collecting donations for nonprofit organizations responding to the storm. To donate online, visit https://www.globalgiving.org/harvey. Donors can also text HARVEY to 80100 to donate $10 to GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Message and data rates may apply. Send a check by writing,"Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund" in the memo line and mailing it to GlobalGiving, 1110 Vermont Ave NW, Suite 550, Washington DC, 20005.

Save the Children – Emergency responders from Save the Children are already on the ground in Texas. You can make a donation here.

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Fund – Send Relief and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief teams are on site. You can make a donation here.

Texas Diaper Bank – Texas Diaper Bank is putting together disaster relief kits for families with young children. You can donate here.

SPCA of Texas – Assist with the care of pets uprooted by the storm with a donation .

Check the charity before you donate

If you’re donating to help victims of Hurricane Harvey, make sure you know where your money is going. The Center for International Disaster Information recommends using sites such as GiveWell, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or the Better Business Bureau to make sure an organization is legitimate.

Personally, I dig Charity Navigator.

Unless otherwise specified, monetary donations are always preferred over materials such as clothing or supplies, which have to be transported and stored.

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