How you can help victims of Hurricane Harvey

Disaster relief organizations need money and in some cases, volunteers to assist victims of Hurricane Harvey.

(SCROLL DOWN for list of local efforts by city)

(If you’re considering other charities, check them out before you donate on Guidestar’s website: http://www.guidestar.org/Home.aspx)

National, statewide efforts

The Rebuild Texas Fund has been established by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation in partnership with the OneStar Foundation to provide relief to the victims. For those who donate now through midnight on Monday, September 4 to the Rebuild Texas Fund the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation will match $1 for every $2 in donations for the first $36 million raised. Those wishing to donate can do so by visiting www.rebuildtx.org or by texting "Rebuildtx" to 91999.

The American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and Catholic Charities USA are all involved in relief efforts.

To donate to the Red Cross go to redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

To donate to the Salvation Army, go to givesalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-725-2769.

To donate to Catholic Charities USA go to catholiccharitiesusa.org.

Both the Red Cross and the Salvation Army are also in need of volunteers to help at the shelters set up for those forced out of their homes.

To assist the Red Cross, go to redcross.org/volunteer/

To assist the Salvation Army, go to http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/volunteer.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is asking for volunteers to help Texas recover from Harvey. The agency urges individuals and organizations to check the website http://www.nvoad.org or call 1-800-621-FEMA to find out how to help.

All H-E-B, Central Market and Joe V’s Smart Shop stores across Texas will launch a statewide tear pad campaign offering customers an opportunity to support victims by donating in increments of $1, $3, or $5 at the checkout stand. All proceeds from the tear pad campaign, as well as a $100,000 donation from H-E-B, will benefit the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, and Feeding Texas.

Volunteer Houston has launched a VIRTUAL Volunteer Reception Center for those interested in providing assistance to flood relief efforts in the greater Houston area. http://www.volunteerhou.org/drm/needs/vrc/

Facebook says it will match every dollar raised through its platform, up to $1 million, for the Center for Disaster Philanthropy's Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund. The money will support local recovery and rebuilding efforts. U.S. Facebook users are getting a message at the top of their news feed on how to donate.

Google says it is matching $1 million in donations to the American Red Cross. To donate, go to https://www.google.org/harvey-relief/. The company also matched donations from employees, and said it donated $750,000 between its nonprofit arm, Google.org, and employee contributions to organizations such as the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children.

The Texas Department of Agriculture has a website and phone line set up with information regarding hay and feed for livestock. The phone line and website is for producers in need of feed/hay, as well as for people wanting to donate feed/hay. Hay Hotline: (512) 463-9360

Important information from Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)

The State of Texas is asking that you please DO NOT donate unsolicited goods such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, medicine, or perishable foodstuffs at this time. As we continue to receive unsolicited donations, supporting agencies must redirect staff and volunteers away from providing direct services to survivors in order to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors. If you have already collected items for Hurricane Harvey, please consider donating them to a nonprofit organization in your community that accepts in-kind donations, or register in-kind donations here. If you are a company seeking to donate goods to the Hurricane Harvey efforts, please fill out the form for Corporate Donations at https://www.nvoad.org/hurricane-harvey/corporate-donations/. This information will be sent to the appropriate parties as needs arise. The most effective way for individuals and private sector partners to support disaster survivors in their recovery is to donate money and time to trusted, reputable, voluntary or charitable organizations.

INFORMATION ON VOLUNTEERING The State of Texas continues to experience flooding, and the situation may not be conducive to volunteers entering the impacted areas. Spontaneous or unaffiliated volunteers who self-deploy may create an additional burden on impacted communities where resources for food and shelter are scarce. The State of Texas is asking potential volunteers to register with a voluntary or charitable organization of their choice, many of which are already in Texas supporting survivors on the ground. To register as an affiliated volunteer with a voluntary or charitable organization, please visit the National VOAD or Texas VOAD for a list of partners active in disaster. Alternatively, you may register your interest to volunteer here, and partner organizations may reach out to you. Most importantly, please be patient. Hurricane Harvey recovery will require volunteer engagement for many months and years to come, so sign up now. Continue monitoring traditional and social media channels, including www.volunteertx.org for the latest information.

Local efforts

Belton

The Belton Independent School District is accepting school supply donations for Houston schools. Belton High School AVID students will collect toiletries, diapers, games for children & nonperishable foods for Bell County evacuees.

Gatesville

The Gatesville Fire Department is accepting donations for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The following items will be accepted, but not limited to:
Clothing (all ages)
Bottled water
Non-perishable food items
Personal hygiene items (soap, shampoo, razors, shaving cream, q-tips, etc.)
Gift cards
All donations can be dropped off at the Gatesville Fire Station, 109 S 23rd St.
For questions, please call the FD at 254-865-6416

Harker Heights

BELL COUNTY: No More Donations Needed for Hurricane Harvey Evacuees
CURRENT INFORMATION
Sufficient donations of clothing, food, diapers, and other supplies have been received.
Vista Church is no longer accepting donations.
The Shelter Sites are no longer accepting donations
The Cities of Belton, Harker Heights, Killeen and Temple are no longer accepting donations.
The generosity of the people of Bell County has been tremendous. The needs of the 400+ evacuees have been met. Supplies are more than adequate to maintain those needs for the remainder of their stay.
Once the evacuees have returned home, the remaining items will be forwarded to the appropriate locations in Brazoria County and the City of Houston.

Killeen

BELL COUNTY: No More Donations Needed for Hurricane Harvey Evacuees
CURRENT INFORMATION
Sufficient donations of clothing, food, diapers, and other supplies have been received.
Vista Church is no longer accepting donations.
The Shelter Sites are no longer accepting donations
The Cities of Belton, Harker Heights, Killeen and Temple are no longer accepting donations.
The generosity of the people of Bell County has been tremendous. The needs of the 400+ evacuees have been met. Supplies are more than adequate to maintain those needs for the remainder of their stay.
Once the evacuees have returned home, the remaining items will be forwarded to the appropriate locations in Brazoria County and the City of Houston.

Temple

BELL COUNTY: No More Donations Needed for Hurricane Harvey Evacuees
CURRENT INFORMATION
Sufficient donations of clothing, food, diapers, and other supplies have been received.
Vista Church is no longer accepting donations.
The Shelter Sites are no longer accepting donations
The Cities of Belton, Harker Heights, Killeen and Temple are no longer accepting donations.
The generosity of the people of Bell County has been tremendous. The needs of the 400+ evacuees have been met. Supplies are more than adequate to maintain those needs for the remainder of their stay.
Once the evacuees have returned home, the remaining items will be forwarded to the appropriate locations in Brazoria County and the City of Houston.

Scott & White Medical Center is asking the community to donate blood and platelets to ensure adequate supply of blood is available to patients:

Waco

Donations of water, personal hygiene items, toiletries for children, adults and seniors, household cleaning products, tools, batteries, masks, gloves, bug spray and trash bags will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 13 and Sept. 14 and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 15 at the We Can Too Center at 1905 Kendall Lane in Waco.

New, purchased or handmade blankets (washed) are being accepted by the group, “Covering the Children of Harvey.” Blankets for newborns should be 30 inches by 30 inches finished. Blankets for toddlers and small children should be 40 inches by 60 inches finished.

Donation sites:

Antioch Community Church (office)
505 N. 20th St, Waco
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

Keith’s Ace Hardware
9701 Salem Way, China Spring
7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday

Praco Gun and Pawn
2201 West Waco Dr., Waco
8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday

Take Heart Ministries will be collecting ONLY pads and tampons to take to Temple to provide for the needs of women at the Bell County Expo Center and other shelters. There are actually a few more places being established as shelters to and we would like to be able to provide for those as well. We will be collecting and delivering until the need is no more for evacuees. DETAILS: If giving products, contact us here to coordinate or below is more contact information. 254-717-0563 pam@takeheartministry.org If you would like to just donate financially, we will use those funds that come this week and next for the specific purpose of donating to Hurricane Harvey evacuees. If you want you can note that on your donation. Donate at www.takeheartministry.org We are grateful in advance for your support and if you contribute you WILL be a direct act of love and provision for those in need.

Baylor Scott & White's Faith in Action office is accepting donations of medical supplies and for items to make hygiene and first aid kits. Donations can be dropped off at Second Life Resource Center, 2911 Herring Avenue in Waco.

The Greater Waco Chamber encourages its members to donate, if they can, to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS, texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation or sending a check to our local American Red Cross Serving Central Texas @ 9205 Oak Creek Woodway, TX 76712.

The Salvation Army Waco is also seeking gift cards, food, diapers & formula. You can also donate online at www.salvationarmywaco.org
or send a check to our local Salvation Army @ 4721 W. Waco Drive Waco, TX 76710