AABB, which coordinates a task force to manage blood collection efforts during disasters, put out a call on Sunday for blood donations in the aftermath of Harvey.
Those interested in donating blood may contact the following organizations:
America’s Blood Centers
American Red Cross: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)
Armed Services Blood Program: 703-681-5979
2. Work as a contractor helping clean up
Let’s face it, there is never enough help. FEMA gives contracts to hundreds of independent contractors i.e., Tetra Tech, after natural disasters. FEMA doesn’t have the personnel readily available.
Debris Cleaning jobs pay great. You can potentially make over $1,000 per week but you must travel to Texas for an extended stay, likely weeks.
Register at Start a Career Today for the entire list of Texas debris jobs.
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3. Give cash, not supplies
Most charities prefer monetary donations. These are more flexible and cause less of a strain on the charity, allowing them to help more, USAID explained.
“Unlike material donations, cash involves no transportation costs, shipping delays, or customs fees. It also enables relief organizations to spend more time providing aid by spending less time managing goods,” the organization explained on its website.
In Houston, BBVA Compass Stadium is acting as a drop-off location for donations at its southeast gate, on Emancipation Street near Walker Street. The site opens at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, August 30. The most needed items include:
- Baby food
- Baby formula
- Medical supplies
- Plus-sized clothes
- Baby and children’s clothes
4. Online-Only Organizations
GoFundMe has created a page with all of its Harvey-related campaigns.
Airbnb is waiving service fees for those affected by the disaster and checking in between Aug. 23 and Sept. 1, and can guide users in creating a listing where their home is offered to victims free.
YouCaring has a fund-raising page set up by J. J. Watt of the Houston Texans with a goal of $1 million.
GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund supports local organizations by helping with “immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products and shelter.”
5. Go local
Grocery chain H-E-B plans to donate $100,000 toward Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. On Monday, all H-E-B, Central Market and Joe V’s Smart Shop stores across Texas launched a statewide tear pad campaign, giving customers an opportunity to support victims through donations of $1, $3, or $5, which can be added to their total grocery bill.
The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund set up by Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, and administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.
Houston Food Bank and the Food Bank of Corpus Christi are asking for donations.
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 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.
6. Save the Children
Save the Children, an international organization devoted to protecting children all over the globe, has established “child-friendly” spaces in evacuation centers in Texas and is also providing food and water. Donations can be made on the organization’s website, and $25 donations can be made by texting “hurricane” to the number 20222.