Hurricane Harvey has devastated Texas. Their roads have turned into raging rivers, houses flooded and people in need of rescuing. Rescue efforts are in full swing with many people from all over, bringing their boats to help. What if you want to help but do not have a boat? What are some of the organizations that you can assist? Or what is the best thing to donate? These are questions that many people may be asking. So here are a few ways in which the Clarksville, Ft. Campbell area can help.
The American Red Cross:
- Monetary Donations: If you would like to donate to the American Red Cross you can call: 1-800-RED CROSS or texting “Harvey” to 90999 to make a $10 donation. They suggest monetary donations because donated supplies cost them additional manpower, time, and funds to help sort and clean the items. Monetary donations are able to be accessed immediately with no additional costs.
- Blood and Platelet Donations: The summer is always a slow time, and the blood banks tend to run low during the summer months. That on top of the disaster of Hurricane Harvey, the American Red Cross is in need of blood and platelet donations to make sure they can handle the need.
- Volunteers: If you are wanting to volunteer, it is best to find volunteer groups and not try to go to Texas on your own. If you are interested in volunteering with the American Red Cross you can visit their website. From there, you can learn about what volunteers they need and can fill out an application.
Texas Diaper Bank:
- A list of items that they are in need of can be found on their amazon wishlist, which includes different types/sizes of diapers and incontinence briefs.
- Starting August 28, Kroger will begin accepting monetary donations that can be added to your total (in the amount of your choosing). This donation is tax deductible, and will be listed on the receipt as a contribution to the American Red Cross. 100% of the Kroger donations will be sent to the Red Cross.
- Many animals have been displaced during Hurricane Harvey. If you would like to help these animals please visit the Houston Humane Society. Also, the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have an animal emergency response hotline, 713-861-3010. They also will be accepting donations on their website. Also, contact your local animal rescues/shelters and see if they will be doing anything to assist.
Other Charities (Avoid scams! Search Charity Navigator to help find legitimate organizations, and check out tips from the Federal Trade Commission to avoid fraud).
- The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
- Houston Food Bank
- Food Bank of Corpus Christi
- The United Way of Greater Houston
- Contact your local charity organizations to see if they will be sending donations, volunteers to help.