It’s hard to process the images we’re seeing of the destruction and devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. But imagine actually living it. The torrential rains that came with Hurricane Harvey have caused catastrophic flooding along the Texas coast, throughout the Houston metropolitan area, and beyond.
According to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, more than 3,000 national and state guard troops have been deployed to help affected areas as of Sunday, and more troops are on their way to Houston.
One of our first thoughts after hearing of the destruction was, “What are we going to do to help?” Luckily for us, local and national organizations were already ahead of us. And while many citizens have come together to donate and volunteer, relief efforts need more help now than ever as the storm continues.
Here’s how you can help the victims of Hurricane Harvey and affected areas recover.
The American Red Cross has opened shelters and is distributing truckloads of supplies.
The Salvation Army is providing physical, emotional and spiritual care to survivors and relief workers. Salvation Army disaster teams will remain in communities impacted by this terrible storm, supporting long-term disaster recovery efforts and providing ongoing assistance to those in need.
Sheep Dog Impact Assistance is asking for monetary donations or donations of tarps, roofing nails, tools, bottled water, hygiene supplies, or other necessities.
United Ways across the region are helping communities face the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey.
Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), the official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church, is asking for support to ensure the delivery of compassionate care and support to individuals affected by disasters.
Save the Children is accepting donations in order to protect vulnerable children and provide desperately needed relief to families.
Help the animals
The SPCA of Texas is accepting donations to help keep our furry friends safe and happy. Drop off supplies at your local SPCA location, or donate money online. The SPCA has also provided a list of things to do and not to do. You can find that here.
Volunteering is always a good way to get involved and make a difference. Visit any of the sites above to learn more about their volunteers opportunities.