How can you help?
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund – Established by Mayor Sylvester Turner, this is a tax-deductible flood relief donation effort for victims affected by the recent floods. You can text HARVEY2017 to 91999 or visit the website https://ghcf.org/hurricane-relief/
Open Relief Shelters Around the Houston Area – The folks at ABC13 have put together an interactive map of the relief shelters that are open in the Houston area.The list gives county info, the name of location, the address, and if they allow pets. http://abc13.com/weather/list-of-shelters-around-houston-area/2341032/
The Houston Food Bank announced Wednesday that is was open and ready to start distributing supplies to those affected by the flood. The food bank also emphasized the need for volunteers, who would be used to inspect and sort food and repack dry food, among other things.
Donate food or cash to food banks in your area. Or you can donate to Feeding Texas, a network of food banks across the state. Find your local food bank here.
Donation Drop-Offs – while monetary donations continue to be the preferred way of assisting, donation drop-off points have been opened for residents who wish to donate in-kind to disaster survivors.You can view the full list here:http://www.houstonemergency.org/donations-drop-off/or contact the Donations Management hotline by phone 800-924-5985 between the hours of 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday to ask questions. If you are able to donate the following, please drop them off at designated locations listed on the website:
Food: Unexpired, non-perishable and easy-to-make
Water: Bottled water with the safety seal intact
Children’s Supplies: Diapers, wipes, bottles, formula, diaper rash cream (in their original, unopened packaging) and cribs, playpens, car seats (new or gently used condition), and toys.
Clothing: New or gently used, and seasonally-appropriate. (e.g. shirts, pants, socks, shoes.) Only new undergarments will be accepted.
Equipment: Items that can be used to assist in the emergency response and immediate relief phase – such as power tools, ladders, chainsaws, fans, etc.
Supplies: Cleaning supplies (e.g. bleach, sponges, mops, N95 filtration masks, gloves, buckets,) chairs, and tables
Materials: Building materials (e.g. sheetrock, plywood, and lumber)
Toys: Only new or clean, gently-used toys will be accepted (e.g. books, board games, battery-operated games)
Furniture: Only furniture in clean and usable condition
Bedding: New bedding (sheets, pillows, comforters, etc.) in unopened packages are preferred