The healing and repairing process after Hurricane Harvey will last for months, so it's not too late to pitch in to help those affected by the storm's devastation.
Here in the Austin area, several businesses are making it easy to lend a helping hand. Here's a list of ways you can help out in our neighborhood:
1.) Tito’s Handmade Vodka is partnering with the American Red Cross and will match dollar for dollar all donations up to $50,000. Those looking to support relief efforts can contribute here.
2.) Southern Career Institute has started a canned goods/water drive on their campus at 1701 West Ben White Blvd. for hurricane victims.
3.) AT&T is donating $350,000 to aid communities following Hurricane Harvey, which includes $100,000 to the Greater Houston Community Fund, $100,000 to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Fund and $50,000 to the Coastal Bend Community Foundation in South Texas. Additionally, the AT&T Foundation will match employee donations up to $50,000 each to the AT&T Employee Disaster Relief Fund, which supports the thousands of AT&T employees who live in the areas affected by the storms and Team Rubicon, a disaster response veterans service organization. To help, you can text ‘HARVEY’ to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross.
4.) All 147 Austin-area Mattress Firm locations are collecting donations for Hurricane Harvey evacuees. Organizers say the community can drop off items (underwear, socks, toiletries, clean-up supplies, baby formula, diapers) or make a monetary donation at any location. In addition, Mattress Firm is donating $1 million in product to those affected.
5.) The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund has been added to the RideAustin Round Up. This is a fund created by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner to accept contributions to support the specific relief needs of the Houston community. The RideAustin executive team will match all Round Ups through the end of September, for an additional Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund donation.
6.) Fitness Connection (the health club chain) is opening its doors to Hurricane Harvey evacuees at its Lake Creek location in Austin. They're also collecting donations in case it's more convenient for people to drop off there.
7.) Shalom Austin has set up a collection site on their campus at 7300 Hart Ln. to gather supplies for those in need. Donated items will be delivered directly to the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston.
8.) Through September 30, 100 percent of the proceeds from those who join Lone Star Statewide PTA will assist with the relief effort. For those who simply want to make a monetary donation to these efforts, they can do so through a form on the Texas PTA website.
9.) IBC Bank Austin is hosting a Hurricane Harvey relief drive Sept. 9 at their Domain branch on Burnet Road. The drive is called "Operation Do More" and aims to get much-needed supplies to those communities affected by Harvey.
10.) Violet Crown has announced its #TexasStrong film series, a showcase of Texas films set in or around Houston. Violet Crown will provide 100 percent of its box office revenue from this film series to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner's newly established Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation. The series begins Monday, September 11, and continues through Sunday, September 17. Titles include "Boyhood", "Urban Cowboy", "Terms of Endearment", and "Apollo 13."
11.) Austin-based hospitality firm New Waterloo will support those affected by Harvey by donating a portion of profits to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts indefinitely. By purchasing a keytag or cocktail from a restaurant, individuals can help give back to the community.
12.) Wish For Our Heroes will be at the Dell Diamond for the Ninth Annual Reckless Kelly's Celebrity Softball Jam on Sept. 10 collecting donations to aid Hurricane Harvey cleanup and relief efforts. They are asking for cleaning supplies, garbage bags, rakes, tarps, tools and gift cards to home improvement stores. They will also collect new and gently used sports equipment and musical instruments. All proceeds from the Celebrity Softball Jam are going straight to relief efforts through Rebuild Texas.
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