How to Donate To Local Texas Organizations & Avoid Scams from Hurricane Harvey

How to Donate To Local Texas Organizations & Avoid Scams from Hurricane Harvey 

Posted: 6:16 am Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

By AshleyK923

I’ve been doing some research on how we can help in Texas – and while the Red Cross of course is a main way to donate monetarily – I wanted to dig deeper to the local organizations who were going to need help and who are on the ground helping others.

I’ve also been seeing a lot of different responses as how supplies are certainly appreciated – but sometimes it’s hard for the supplies to get delivered where they need to go, and if they get an overabundance of supplies – it can be hard to find storage for it all. So, while I don’t discourage anyone from donating supplies – I also know the LOCAL organizations in Texas could really use monetary help to go out and get the supplies when they can.

I found this list from the New York Times of the local organizations that I had seen in numerous other articles. From baby diapers, to animal shelters, to churches and shelters housing those whose homes are flooded – all of these organizations could use our help:

Local organizations

The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund of Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, which is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.

Houston Food Bank and the Food Bank of Corpus Christi are asking for donations.

The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center is reporting a critical shortage, and has extended hours at all of its San Antonio-area donor rooms. To donate, call 210-731-5590 or visit their website for more information.

Carter BloodCare covers hospitals in North, Central and East Texas. To donate, call 877-571-1000 or text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999.

To help animals suffering from the disaster, visit the Houston Humane Society or the San Antonio Humane Society. The Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has set up an animal emergency response hotline (713-861-3010) and is accepting donations on its website.

The Texas Diaper Bank in San Antonio is asking for diapers and wipes, which can be dropped off in person or mailed to 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, Tex., 78238.

The United Way of Greater Houston flood relief fund will be used to help with immediate needs as well as long-term services like minor home repair. Visit their website to donate or text UWFLOOD to 41444.

The L.G.B.T.Q. Disaster Relief Fund will be used to help people “rebuild their lives through counseling, case management, direct assistance with shelf stable food, furniture, housing and more.” It is managed by The Montrose Center, Houston’s longtime community center for the area’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender population.

For more options, the Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends checking with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster for a list of trusted disaster-relief organizations in Texas.

To see the list of National organizations New York Times compiled also accepting donations, see here.