Hurricane Harvey: How to help

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With a disaster of the scale of Hurricane Harvey, and the flooding that it has brought to the Houston area, it’s natural for people to want to help.

Universally, the number one need is for money.  Nonprofit relief organizations can get better deals on the supplies needed, and can purchase them locally and transport them for less cost.  If you can donate money, that is the most useful to the victims and the organizations trying to help them.

In some cases, organizations do ask for particular items.  If they do, then by all means you can try to provide them with what they need and ask for.

But before you donate items or start your own drive to gather items, please review this very important video from CBS News:

With that out of the way, here are some organizations where you could help:

  • Salvation Army provides for humanitarian needs. Volunteers are also needed to work mobile canteens providing food to victims and first responders.  Lewisville area residents, email stephen.thomas@uss.salvationarmy.org if you have a food handler’s certificate and could spare a few days working in the area.
  • Samaritan’s Purse provides disaster relief.  Volunteers are also needed.
  • Houston Food Bank provides food to people in need.
  • Texas Diaper Bank helps families with babies and toddlers who need diapers.
  • SPCA of Texas is helping with pets displaced by the storm.
  • Carter BloodCare can use blood donations to help people who need transfusions.
  • TrustedWorld is working with the Red Cross and other relief agencies to collect and distribute supplies at local shelters.  You can drop off the following items at the Founders Classical Academy campus, 1010 Bellaire Blvd.

    Trusted World is asking for the following:

    • New underwear and socks (all sizes)
    • Non-Perishable food
    • Toiletries
    • Feminine hygiene products
    • Baby diapers, wipes and formula

Denton County State Representatives Ron Simmons, Tan Parker, Lynn Stuckey, and Pat Fallon are collecting the following items at their offices:

  • Toiletries
  • Bottled Water
  • Individually Packaged Food
  • Unopened Packages of Underwear and Undershirts for First Responders

You can drop them off at any of the following offices:

Rep. Ron Simmons
1029 Rosemeade Pkwy
Carrollton, TX 75007

Rep. Pat Fallon
5533 FM 423
Frisco, TX 75034

Rep. Lynn Stuckey
400 West Oak #106
Denton, TX 76201

Rep. Tan Parker
800 Parker Square #245
Bldg 800
Flower Mound, TX 75028

If you can recommend other organizations efficiently providing needed relief, and that have the logistical know-how and connections to deliver it to victims, please email editor@LewisvilleTexan.com with the information.