How to help victims of Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey has left behind flattened communities and historic flooding in Houston and other parts of Texas. If you would like to help those affected by the storm, here’s what you should keep in mind:

Check the charity before you donate:

Make sure your donation is secure by going through an organization’s official website or sending a check in the mail. Charity Navigator says you should never donate over the phone, email or unknown social media pages, as these are easier for scammers to target.

Don’t forget the disabled: 

If you have a special needs family member you can imagine how difficult it would be to suddenly become displaced. Special Needs children require a lot of special care. Consider donating to Houston disability families.

Online Shopping:

If you want to drop off items:

The Texas Diaper Bank in San Antonio is asking for diapers and wipes, which can be dropped off in person or mailed to 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, Tex., 78238.

BBVA Compass Stadium has a drop-off location for donations for items:

  • Baby food
  • Baby formula
  • Diapers
  • Medical supplies
  • Wheelchairs
  • Plus-sized clothes
  • Baby and children’s clothes
  • Toiletries

 If you want to volunteer time:

The American Red Cross in Texas has asked people to volunteer.The Salvation Army also announced it would be accepting volunteers. Volunteer Houston has launched a VIRTUAL Volunteer Reception Center to aid non-profits and agencies in finding and deploying people to hard-site areas.

Donate locally:

Most grocery store chains are taking up donations. When you shop they are giving customers an opportunity to support victims through donations of $1, $3, or $5, which can be added to their total grocery bill.

Donate Blood:

Those interested in donating blood may contact the following organizations:

AABB: 301-907-6977

America’s Blood Centers

American Red Cross: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

Armed Services Blood Program: 703-681-5979

Online-Only Organizations:

  • GoFundMe has created a page with all of its Harvey-related campaigns.
  • YouCaring has a fund-raising page set up by J. J. Watt of the Houston Texans with a goal of $1 million.
  • GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund supports local organizations by helping with “immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products and shelter.”