The stories and images from Houston and the southeast Texas area are heartbreaking. We thank all of those who are stepping up locally and encourage others to help as they can. Every dollar or small donation adds up and helps.
Here are ways you can help today:
A semi-trailer is being donated to help carry supplies down to the Houston area. In an effort to fill the trailer, drop-off locations have been set up throughout the area. Locations include: The Woof Dog Daycare and Boarding, 5326 Durand Ave.; Foxhole Lounge, 820 Main St.; Cham Tap North, 4653 Douglas Ave.; Cham Tap South, 2511 Durand Ave.; and accepting pet donations are Katies K9 Klubhouse, 5246 Douglas Ave.; and Prairie Side Veterinary, 6300 Washington Ave.
Collections will be accepted through Saturday and include water, baby supplies like diapers, personal care items like shampoo and deodorant, batteries, flashlights, paper plates and paper towels, nonperishable food, cleaning supplies, new socks and underwear of all sizes, as well as dog and cat supplies such as food, treats, litter and blankets.
From your cellphone, Text HARVEY to 90999 to make an immediate $10 donation to Red Cross Harvey relief. The $10 will be charged to your phone bill. You can also make a donation at the Red Cross website.
To support relief efforts, Amazon and Whole Foods Market will match cash donations made via Amazon — up to $1 million total — to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief. Go to Amazon.com and click the Red Cross button on the home page. You may also donate goods from the Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Wish List from the Amazon website.
Houston Food Bank: helps provide meals for hungry neighbors in emergencies and all year round. Go the Food Bank’s website to donate money.
The organization’s specific mission is donating diapers to needy children.
Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt, a Pewaukee native and former Wisconsin Badger, is conducting a fundraising drive to help the people of Houston. Watt donated $100,000 of his own money, and Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul donated $50,000 to the cause, BleacherReport.com reported. On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that Watt had raised $6 million and that his next goal is $10 million.
Samaritan’s Purse: This nondenominational evangelical Christian group has provided international relief since 1970. To donate to Samaritan’s Purse, go to its website and click one of the Harvey links.
DonorsChoose.org is collecting funds to help teachers rebuild and restock their classrooms with books and other classroom supplies. All of the donations to the relief fund will support classroom projects. Go to the group’s website and click the Harvey link.
Americares, an emergency response organization based in Connecticut, is delivering relief supplies and working with a local clinic in Houston. To donate, go to the organization’s website and click the Harvey link.
Crowdfunding site Global Giving is attempting to raise $2 million for funds that will “exclusively support local relief and recovery efforts from this storm.”
United Way of Greater Houston has set up a relief fund that people can donate to, the Houston Chronicle reported. The organization said its first priority is shelter and basic needs such as food. The organization said it will also focus on long-term recovery efforts.
Pets affected by Hurricane Harvey are being taken in by animal shelters across Texas, including the SPCA of Texas, Austin Pets Alive and the San Antonio Humane Society. To assist the SPCA of Texas, go to spca.org.
Please take a minute or two today and help out those in urgent need in Texas.