After Hurricane Harvey made landfall and dropped more than three feet of rain, thousands of people in Houston and along the Gulf Coast have been displaced. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott activated the entire Texas National Guard and FEMA Administrator Brock Long estimated that 30,000 people may need shelter, and some 450,000 may qualify for federal flood victim assistance.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by Hurricane Harvey and we would like to express our concern and offer some ways to help.
The Gulf Coast is still in the midst of rescue and recovery efforts. The immediate needs are boats for search and rescue, bottled water and non perishable food, especially in the Port Arthur and Aransas Pass area. Those areas and the Beaumont area are inundated and need the essentials.
Drop off at Kiva Hut - 402 Park St in Taft, Texas
Aransas Pass Area
Water to the Civic Center - 700 W Wheeler, Aransas Pass
All else to Allen Samuels - 877 Highway 35 Aransas Pass, Texas
Register items at Police Department - 2425 8th St, Ingleside
Dropoff items at 2334 Hwy 361
Ft. Bend Area
Only accepting bottled water and non-perishable foods
Drop off locations (http://fbcoem.org/emergency-shelters-in-fort-bend-county/).
Drop off donations at:
Kingdom Church - 1112 Damon St. Rosenberg, TX 77471
Navarro Middle School - 4700 Avenue N. Rosenberg, TX .
Drop off items at:
Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church (Basil Hall) 1713 N Tinsley St, Angleton, TX
LONG TERM RELIEF
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established a Harvey relief fund at The Greater Houston Community Foundation.
The organization connects
donors with a network of nonprofits and innovative solutions in the social sector.
which calls itself the largest global crowdfunding community, has a goal of raising $2 million for its Harvey relief fund. Funds will be used first for immediate needs of food, water and shelter and then transition to long-term recovery efforts.
United Way of Greater Houston
has launched a relief fund for storm-related needs and recovery. The organization says it already maintains a disaster relief fund but anticipates the needs of Harvey will far exceed those existing resources.
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy
has also launched a Hurricane Harvey relief fund. The organization says its strategy
emphasizes "investing well rather than investing quickly, addressing the greatest needs and gaps in funding that may be yet to emerge."
the social fundraising site, has created a landing page that gathers the campaigns on its platform related to Harvey.
The Salvation Army
says it is providing food and water to first responders and preparing for massive feeding efforts for residents.
Send Relief and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief
says its teams began responding before Harvey made landfall and continues on-the-ground relief work.
is accepting donations as well as volunteers for Harvey disaster relief for the coming months.
The Red Cross
is providing shelter, food, and other assistance. You can contribute by visiting their web site or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
One of the most important things you can do is GIVE BLOOD. As well as the American Red Cross
, local organizations accepting blood donations are Carter BloodCare
and the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center.
Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County
coordinates the city's response to homelessness, serving as "a backbone organization" to groups that offer direct service. It has been providing updated information on shelters with available beds.
has set up an urgent accommodations site, where people can open their homes to evacuees from the storm or find shelter themselves. Service fees are waived for those who check in by Sept. 1.
A number of food banks will be aiding the affected region. Consider donating money instead of food
, as it allows a food bank to use your donation most efficiently.
is a statewide nonprofit that works alongside state and federal relief efforts. The organization says
it steps in during major disasters to "coordinate with the state and other providers so that relief reaches families quickly and the 'second disaster' of an unorganized response is avoided."
Here is its list of food banks in Texas likely to be affected by Harvey:
Houston Food Bank
Galveston Food Bank
Food Bank of the Golden Crescent (Victoria)
Corpus Christi Food Bank
Southeast Texas Food Bank (Beaumont)
Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley (Pharr)
Brazos Valley Food Bank (Bryan)
Central Texas Food Bank (Austin)
San Antonio Food Bank is accepting food, diapers, unused clothing, baby formula, and many other items. Visit their web site to make a monetary donation or learn more about dropping off items.
People With Disabilities
Portlight Strategies facilitates projects involving people with disabilities, including post-disaster relief work. The organization says its hotline for Inclusive Disaster Strategies has received urgent requests from people in need.
The Texas Diaper Bank, based in San Antonio, works to meet the basic needs of vulnerable babies, children with disabilities, and seniors. It focuses on providing partner agencies with diapers and goods.
The SPCA of Texas is organizing evacuations of pets in Texas (including 123 cats from a shelter in Corpus Christi) and offers resources on pet-friendly housing for evacuees.
Austin Pets Alive! says it has transported more than 235 animals to its shelter. The organization seeks donations, as well as people who can adopt animals. It says it has received so many donated supplies that it's running out of storage space, so financial donations are what it needs most.
Of course, DCA cannot endorse or vouch for any of these groups. It's a good idea to do a bit of research on any charity before you donate to it. One place to start is Charity Navigator.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of South Texas, the first responders and all who are generously donating their time and contributions. Every little bit helps, so if you can personally or corporately donate to the effort, I know it will be appreciated. The recovery effort will go on long after the television cameras have left. Please keep them in mind over the coming months.
Executive Vice President
Distribution Contractors Association
101 W. Renner Rd., Suite 460