How to Help Families Affected by Hurricane Harvey

How to Help Families Affected by Hurricane Harvey

August 29, 2017

How to Help Families Affected by Hurricane Harvey

How to Help Families Affected by Hurricane Harvey
How to Help Families Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey and its subsequent historic flooding have left tens of thousands of people, many of them children, displaced in Houston, Texas, and its surrounding counties. And according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, recovery from the storm will take years.

What can you do to help? Most relief agencies say that cash donations are almost always preferred over items like blankets, diapers and canned food. So, helping with cash is best. Here are some ways to donate to help families who were affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Save the Children

This nonprofit has been providing portable Pack ‘n Play cribs, umbrella strollers and hygiene kits to shelters around Houston, San Antonio and Corpus Christi. They’re also bringing in toys and art supplies to shelters to help create “child-friendly spaces” and give kids some sense of normalcy. Donate here.

Texas Diaper Bank

According to Texas Diaper Bank, diapers aren’t provided by disaster relief agencies, so the bank is reaching out for cash and diapers in order to create emergency diaper kits for families (including young children, seniors and disabled people) displaced by the flooding. Donate here.

Food Banks

Food banks in Houston, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Galveston, Austin and other cities and counties throughout Texas need donations in order to help provide nonperishable food, baby food and wipes, hygiene items and more to children, families and seniors in need. Donate using the links above.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

In response to this overwhelming flooding, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established this fund—administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation. It’s now taking deductible donations for victims that have been affected by the storms. Donate here.

Texas Flood Relief Tee

The artist behind Mamacase Prints grew up in Houston, and her shirt lets you show your support for the residents of Texas, while making a relief donation. Shirts come in baby, kids and adult sizes, and you can choose one of three organizations—Global Giving, Texas Diaper Bank or the Texas SPCA—you’d like your $25 donation to go to. That’s 100% of the proceeds.

There are many other ways of giving, from donating blood to giving money to the SPCA (pets are family, too). Here are more donation resources, and we’ll add to this list.

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