Helping those impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey has devastated communities across southeast Texas since making landfall on August 25th, ripping apart homes, deluging highways, and knocking out power for hundreds of thousands.

Locally, one way Marion County residents can help is by dropping off a donation on Friday at the American Legion Post 62 (South Pittsburg). Items being collected include baby food, disposable diapers, canned goods, bottled water, non-perishable foods, blankets, and kitty litter… Friday, 9/1/17 from 8am until 12Noon CDT at the Post in South Pittsburg on Elm Avenue across from the US Post Office and ajacent to South PIttsburg Elementary.

If you’re unable to make it to the American Legion Post during those collection times, there are other organizations providing urgent relief and essential services during what the National Weather Service has called an “unprecedented” natural disaster:

  1. Red Cross: to learn more about becoming a volunteer or how to donate. You can also text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation that will be added to your phone bill.
  2. Salvation Army: to donate, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY
  3. Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. It is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.
  4. Americares: The non-profit is accepting donations on its website.
  5. UMCOR: The United Methodist Committee on Relief responds to natural and civil disasters in the US with financial relief, expertise with disaster assistance, and networking of volunteers and local government.
  6. Catholic Charities USA: Donate online or text CCUSADISASTER to 71777 to donate.
  7. Southern Baptist Disaster Relief: The group has sent lots of supplies — rolled roofing, mold removal tools — and deployed volunteers.
  8. Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group: CDRG is a state-recognized long-term recovery non-profit group created to address the unmet needs of Coastal Bend area residents affected by disaster.
  9. Driscoll Children’s Hospital: The hospital cares for kids in the Corpus Christi area.
  10. Feeding Texas: The state network of food banks is accepting donations.
  11. Save the Children: The organization’s emergency responders are on the ground and ready to help.
  12. Texas Diaper Bank: The organization is sending out relief kits for babies, young kids, the elderly and disabled.
  13. Austin Pets Alive!: The organization says it has transported over 235 animals to its shelter since Saturday morning. How can you lend a hand? Make a donation, foster or adopt a pet, or volunteer.
  14. Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee: This fund will be an ongoing relief effort that will grant money to nonprofits.
  15. Airbnb: The company is allowing hosts to list homes in Austin, Dallas and San Antonio for free.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) also reminds people to be careful and avoid scammers when donating for Hurricane Harvey Relief. If it’s not a charity or organization you’re familiar with, always verify the trustworthiness of the organization and ensure that the charity has an on-the-ground presence in the impacted area.

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