You have seen coverage of the violent riots in Charlottesville, Virginia, but have you seen what is happening right now in Houston, Texas?!
At a time when the media would have you believe that the United States is more divided than ever before, Americans are coming together to help the communities in need in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
Social media has been flooded with photos and videos of volunteers helping stranded residents. Even if you don’t have the time to travel to Houston, there are still other ways you can help! Here is a list of some of the things I have found:
The Red Cross is accepting blood donations or online monetary donations starting at a minimum of $10. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text “HARVEY” to 90999.
Trusted World is accepting donations and volunteers, and it is also in need of new underwear, new socks, toiletries, baby formulas, and wipes. Donation centers are open from 3-8 p.m., Monday thru Friday.
Carter Bloodcare is accepting blood donations. Call 1-877-571-1000 or text “DONATE4LIFE” to 444-999.
The Salvation Army is accepting monetary donations. Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
The Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas is accepting monetary donations, and also needs cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, treats, toys and newspaper.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is also requesting high-water, safes boats or vehicles. Call 713-881-3100 to help.
The Texas Diaper Bank is accepting donations. Emergency diaper kits will be provided for displaced families.
Portlight Strategies is accepting donations for older adults and residents with disabilities.
As the Texas Tribune noted, “food banks are asking for nonperishable staples like canned meat and dry goods, as well as cleaning supplies; the Houston Food Bank, Southeast Texas Food Bank in Beaumont, Central Texas Food Bank, Galveston County Food Bank, Food Bank of the Golden Crescent and Corpus Christi Food Bank all accept online donations.”
If you want to add something to the list, let me know in the comments, or send me a message on Facebook!