Hurricane Harvey is making the last flood that hit St. Louis look like a drop in the bucket. Sure, our highways were disrupted for a few days and some schools closed down, but it was more because of the traffic nightmare than anything else. Texas is freaking drowning. Let’s help.
First of all, let’s just donate cash, m’kay? Texas is up to their literal eyeballs in water right now and they don’t need to sort through trailers full of our junk.
Donated to Trusted Charities
The second part to remember is to only donate to trusted charities. Scammers love a disaster, so don’t let the bad guys steal your good intentions. I’m listing some of the well know organizations here and their websites so you can just click and give. But feel free to do you own leg work and look up charities with Charity Navigator. It will tell you how much an organization takes for its own expenses, and how much of your donation goes to help the needy. For instance, The American Red Cross spends 90% on programs, while the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston spends 91.8% on programs–and is local to those effected by the hurricane.
When you donate to a national charity, check their website to find out how to donated directly to hurricane relief. For example, you can send money to the Red Cross and let them decide where they need it, spend it on helping house fires, your local Red Cross or directly to Hurrican Harvey victims.
Oh, and when you “text to donate” that donation will appear on your phone bill.
List of Charities
- American Red Cross or 1.800.RED CROSS or text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation for those in need.
- Catholic Charities of USA or Text 71777 to make a donation.
- Global Giving or Text HARVEY to 80100 to donate $10 to Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.
- Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund that will accept tax deductible donations. The fund is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity.
- Salvation Army or Call 1.800.SAL ARMY, or text STORM to 51555.
- United Way of Greater Houston or text UWFLOOD to 41444.
- Starbucks is letting customers donated to the Red Cross at the register.
- GIVE BLOOD
- Buy a shirt. Magnolia of HGTV Fixer Upper is donating all their proceeds of their Texas Forever shirt to disaster relief efforts. (good until Sept. 30)
- Boy Scouts of Sam Houston Area Council. They’re not listing any thing disaster related yet, but I’m sure there’s going to be scouts effected by the storm.
- Girl Scouts of San Jacinto: Same goes for the Girl Scouts, San Jacinto serves the Houston area.