The areas affected by Tropical Storm Harvey, which made landfall Friday night around 10 p.m. as a Category 4 hurricane, could be seeing its devastating effects for an extended period of time.
So what can North Texans do to help?
Organizations like the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army have personnel trained to respond to disasters like Harvey, which was expected to continue to pound the Texas Gulf Coast with torrential rain.
While you may feel the urge to donate items, officials have said time and time again during disaster relief efforts that monetary donations are preferred.
Consider donating to:
▪ 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.
The Red Cross and Salvation Army are providing shelter, fresh drinking water, food, toilets, clothes, bedding and other necessities, both to those affected by the storm and to first responders. They will also be involved with rebuilding efforts once the storm has passed.
Both organizations need volunteers to help at the shelters they have put up to house people who have fled the storm.
▪ Red Cross: redcross.org/volunteer
▪ Salvation Army: salvationarmyusa.org/usn/volunteer
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Blood donation centers expect a shortage and are putting out urgent calls for donations. The unavailability of blood banks along the coast, plus injuries from the storm, will tax existing supplies.
Carter BloodCare will send blood donations to its partners affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Carter BloodCare: Call 800-366-2834 or text “DONATE4LIFE” to 444999.
Hundreds of animals are expected to be displaced because of Hurricane Harvey. On Friday the Humane Society of North Texas received 13 dogs and nine cats that were evacuated from the Corpus Christi area.
Once they are evaluated for health and temperament, they will be made available for adoption at one of the Humane Society’s shelters, most likely in the next few days. Due to the expected high intake of animals from the coast in the coming days, the Humane Society is having an adoption special and will charge $15 for any dog or cat adopted from the Saxe-Forte location at 1840 E. Lancaster Ave. through Sept. 4.
Donations to the Humane Society of North Texas to help with the increase in pets can be made at hsnt.org/donate.
The SPCA of Texas is accepting donations of cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, treats, toys and newspaper. Donations can be taken to 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas or to 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney.
To make a monetary donation without having to drive to Dallas, visit spca.org/give.