Austin Mayor Steve Adler is asking Austin residents to welcome evacuees to the city by donating "welcome kits" filled with several items.
Adler posted a Facebook Live video Wednesday demonstrating which items should go in the kit. He hopes Austinites will donate 6,000 kits for the Austin Disaster Relief Network.
"Alright Austin, we have company coming, we have some guests, so there are chores we need to do so that we can get ready and we can welcome folks the way they deserve to be welcomed to our city," Adler said. "So if you want to help, I have something real specific you can do to help us."
The kits should go into a plastic box with a lid or a reusable bag. Kits should contain:
- New towels and washcloths
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Feminine products
- A note of encouragement
Other helpful items include:
- New pillow
- New blanket
- Baby bottles/formula
- Baby food
After the kits are prepared, they should be dropped off at Hope Family Thrift Store, located at 1122 E 51st Street, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Austin Animal Center is also asking for supplies for lost animals and the pets who belong to people staying in shelters. The shelter is asking for:
- 500 large crates
- Used sheets and towels to line the crates
Those donations can be dropped off at Austin Animal Center, located at 7201 Levander Loop, between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. any day of the week.
You can find other ways to donate here.
As of Thursday evening, Mayor Adler said 639 kits had been donated.