Catastrophic flooding from a combination of heavy rainfall, storm surge and normal tides have inundated countless homes and businesses in South Texas.
Hundreds if not thousands of people will return to find their lives and livelihoods upended, but there are plenty of organizations on the ground to help those victims rebuild.
If you want to donate, here are a few places to get started.
The Red Cross is mobilizing trained Red Cross disaster relief workers to support this response effort, and has more than shelters ready to open and support thousands of people if needed. Trailers full of shelter and relief supplies have been pre-positioned including cots, blankets, comfort and cleaning supplies.
Donate: Visit redcross.org.
The Salvation Army has already begun collecting funds to help those affected by the storm. Though most people think of donating clothing or household items first, SA spokesperson Alvin Migues, said physical donations can be a challenge during a disaster.
“Then you have to spend manpower to deal with sorting and other things as they come into the warehouses instead of having those folks out in the field doing the work,” he said. “So, we always asked people to send a cash donation instead,” he said.
Donate: You can donate cash online at disaster.salvationarmyusa.org .
Texas Diaper Bank
“Diapers are not provided by disaster relief agencies,” the TDB posted on Facebook Friday. To alleviate that need, the TDB is requesting donations of cash and diapers to provide emergency diaper kits for families that are being displaced due to Hurricane Harvey.
Donate: Visit the donation page at texasdiaperbank.org and designate your donation for Disaster Relief.
Catholic Charities USA
A Catholic social service organization, is seeking donations to help those who have been affected by Harvey. The group has set up a website devoted to Harvey relief, and explains that “long term recovery” is part of the group’s approach to disasters like this one.
The SPCA of Texas is deploying staff, volunteers and supplies to support evacuees housed at a mega shelter in Dallas, working with city and county disaster officials to care for the pets of Harvey evacuees. You can help by donating cash to the SPCA of Texas, giving in-kind supplies through an Amazon.com wish list or fostering an animal already in a shelter.
Donate: Donate cash to the SPCA of Texas