Hurricane Harvey: Ways You Can Help Today
Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a category 4 hurricane on the Texas coast on Friday, August 25. Although Harvey has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, it’s caused unprecedent flooding by staying over the Gulf Coast. Houston, the largest city in Texas and the fourth largest city in the United States, and surrounding areas are heavily impacted. Up to 7 million people are estimated to live in the storm’s path.
Arlington, Texas and the nation are already rallying to meet needs and save lives. Arlington is ready to shelter evacuees at the State’s request, Arlington firefighters have been on-scene in Southeast Texas since August 25, and donation drives are popping up to support local shelters. Keep reading to find ways you can help today.
How to Help from Arlington
Many local agencies are looking for volunteers. Register with the Red Cross, The Salvation Army, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Mega Shelter in Dallas, or sign up to find opportunities with multiple groups at Voly.org.
Voly.org encourages everyone interested to register as a volunteer, even if you can’t give your time immediately. Local volunteers will continue to be needed in the weeks and months ahead.
Many organizations are accepting contributions towards their work on-scene, whether they’re providing help at the Gulf Coast or working in shelters throughout the state.
- American Red Cross: To donate, visit redcross.org, call 800-REDCROSS or text “HARVEY” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
- The Salvation Army: To donate, visit helpsalvationarmy.org, call 800-SAL-ARMY or text “STORM” to 51555.
- Catholic Charities USA: To donate, visit catholiccharitiesusa.org.
- Humane Society of North Texas: To donate, visit www.hsnt.org/donate
- SPCA of Texas: Accepting donations of cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, treats, toys and newspapers. Donations can be taken to 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas or give money online at www.spca.org/give
- Save the Children is on the ground in Texas, and has set up a relief fund for kids and families affected by Harvey. www.savethechildren.org
- North Texas Food Bank is working with partners to make sure food needs for evacuees in local shelters are being met. The NTFB requests monetary donations, not food donations. They are also working with Feeding Texas and Feeding America to help ready Texas food banks if that assistance is needed. www.ntfb.org/get-involved/donate-money-landing/disaster-relief
- Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund after receiving an overwhelming number of inquiries of people reaching out to offer help. The funds will be administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation and accepts tax-deductible flood-relief donations. www.ghcf.org
- Direct Relief USA offers prescription drugs and other medical supplies to those who need it in emergency situations, and works with clinics and primary care doctors to ensure that people can get what they need when they need it. They’re accepting financial contributions. www.directrelief.org/usa
- Portlight is working to ensure that people who require medical equipment and assistive technology have what they need after they evacuate, and to make sure that those same folks can get to safety. They accept donations via PayPal. www.portlight.org
- Texas Diaper Bank is requesting donations of cash and diapers to provide emergency diaper kits for families that are being displaced due to Hurricane Harvey. Visit the donation page at texasdiaperbank.org and designate your donation for Disaster Relief.
- GoFundMe has established a Hurricane Harvey Relief page for those interested in supporting individuals with verified campaigns.
Local organizations are accepting donations that will be delivered to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center shelter in Dallas. Items that are most requested include toiletries and hygiene products, new underwear and new socks, baby formula, baby wipes, bottles, diapers, Graco Pack n’ Plays for babies to sleep in and new warm-ups for men, women, children and infants.
- The Junior League of Arlington will accept items from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, August 31 and Friday, September 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Junior League of Arlington’s Center for Community Service, 4002 W. Pioneer Parkway.
- Trusted World Foundation will accept items at 15660 N. Dallas Parkway, just north of Arapaho on the north side of the Parkway. Follow the signs to drop off donations. The donations center will open daily from 3-8 p.m. daily.
- Goodwill will accept items at their retail sites and donation centers throughout Tarrant County. Find locations here.
- SPCA of Texas is accepting donations of cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, treats, toys and newspapers. Donations can be taken to 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas or 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney.