CENTRAL TEXAS - Looking for ways to help the victims displaced by Hurricane Harvey?
In addition to donating to the American Red Cross, there are a few ways you can help locally in Central Texas. Here's a list of how you can give food, supplies and monetary donations in the area:
TEGNA stations across the state are raising money for the American Red Cross relief efforts. Donations made will go toward providing food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support and recovery planning for the victims of Harvey.
An average of 91 cents for every dollar given is used for humanitarian services and programs. A small amount is used by the American Red Cross for fundraising and management. These donations are tax deductible.
TEGNA said the campaign, which was launched Monday, has already raised more than $1.15 million in its first 24 hours. Donations can be made here.
The Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN) is asking for financial contributions and survivor donations to benefit the evacuees expected in the Austin area in the coming days.
The ADRN said monetary donations are needed to provide support to survivors and will be distributed in the form of gift cards, emergency housing, emergency transportation and/or building materials. Donations can be made here.
ADRN is accepting donations at the following four locations:
1) ADRN Headquarters 1122 East 51st street;
Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
2) The Connection Church 1235 South Loop 4, Buda, Texas 78610;
Sunday-Thursday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m, Sunday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
3) Celebration Distribution Center 601 Westinghouse Rd. Georgetown, Texas 78626
Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
4) 360 Warehouse 1905 South Capitol of TX Highway, Austin TX 78746
Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Though it said clothing is not needed at this time, the following items are: toiletries, new pillows and blankets, cleaning supplies, utility knives, leather work gloves, inflatable mattresses, hand sanitizer and box fans.
In addition, the ADRN is calling for volunteers. Sign-up information can be found here. The ADRN call center can be reached at 512-806-0800.
The Bastrop Food Pantry at 806 Fayette Street is accepting food donations from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Here's a list of the items it is asking for:
- Canned meats, vegetables and fruits
- Corn bread mix
- Hamburger, Chicken and Tuna Helper
- Assorted crackers
- Peanut butter and jelly
- Dry beans
- Cereal (hot or cold)
- Instant potatoes
- Pasta and tomato sauces
- Canned Beans
- Cooking oil
- Shelf stable milk
The food pantry asks that requests to arrange special pickups for bulky or large quantities of items be made by calling 512-303-0033.
The Central Texas Food Bank said it is coordinating with state and other other disaster relief providers, partner agencies, and Texas food banks and soup kitchens in areas hardest hit by Hurricane Harvey.
In the coming days, it will be preparing shipments of emergency food boxes consisting of ready-to-eat-items that will go to the areas where the need is most acute. The food bank said the best way for people to help is to donate funds so that it can provide these kinds of items. This helps the bank avoid the complications of sorting and distributing varied food items.
If you do wish to give food, the food bank said it will accept items like pop-top meat and fish, powdered milk, cereal, canned fruit, fruit cups, peanut butter and jelly and cleaning supplies.
Monetary donations can be made here.
The Salvation Army volunteer team from Austin has already deployed this week with a mobile kitchen capable of preparing and serving 900 meals a day and a mobile catering truck capable of delivering 1,900 meals a day. It has been serving people at shelters in Victoria, Cuero and Seadrift.
In response to increased need and provide victims with shelter, The Salvation Army is activating emergency response teams across the country and asking for public contributions.
In addition to donating online, you can also text STORM to 51555 or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to make a contribution. Donations by mail can be delivered to P.O. Box 1959, Atlanta, Georgia, 30301.
The La Grange Church of Christ has announced it will be accepting donations of supplies to be distributed across Fayette County or taken to Houston once roads are safe for travel. The church is located at 646 E. State Highway 71 in La Grange, Texas.
Here is a list of items it is accepting:
- Cleaning supplies
- Air circulators
- Extension cords
- Ground fault protectors
- Pop-up canopies
- Utility knives
- Work gloves
- Various tools
- Safety glasses
- 5-gallon buckets
- Liquid laundry detergent
- Dish soap
- First-aid kits
- Bottled water
United Way of Williamson County is collecting items and monetary donations to help meet the immediate and long-term needs of those affected by the storms.
The organization said monetary donations can be made online, by texting "WilcoCares" to 91999, or by delivering a check made out to "United Way of Williamson County-Hurricane Relief Fund" to P.O. Box 708, Round Rock, Texas 78680. United Way said 100 percent of these tax-deductible donations will be directed to hurricane relief efforts.
Additionally, the organization is coordinating the collection of cleaning supplies and personal care items across the area. It will be accepting bottled water, cleaning supplies, contractor-grade trash bags, mops and buckets, heavy-duty work gloves, hand sanitizer and more. Clothing and bedding will not be accepted.
Collection locations can be found out:
United Way of Williamson County
11111 N. IH-35, Ste. 220, Round Rock, Texas 78664
Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Toyota of Cedar Park
5600 183A, Cedar Park, Texas 78641
Monday-Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Mel's Lone Star Lanes
1010 N. Austin Ave., Georgetown, Texas 78626
Monday-Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Wednesday-Friday from 9 a.m. to midnight
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce
1519 N. Main St., Taylor, Texas 76574
Monday-Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
We Are Blood said it has an ongoing and growing need for blood donors, as many patients from coastal areas have been transported to hospitals in the region.
The organization said that on an average day, it needs to see at least 200 donors per day. That number magnifies during times of natural disaster and the need for donors will continue well into the next few weeks.
Those wishing to donate blood can visit the We Are Blood website or call 512-206-1266 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are also accepted but appointments are greatly appreciated. There are two donation locations in Austin, one in Round Rock, as well as several mobile drives taking place across the area.
We Are Blood said if a surplus of blood is donated, it will send more to our neighbors along the coast.
Keller Williams Realty is accepting donations through its relief group KW Cares, which it said has semi-trucks and warehouse space in place to respond to disasters around the country at a moment's notice.
In addition to a warehouse command center set up in Houston, Keller Williams Realty offices throughout Austin are mobilizing to help the victims of Harvey. From 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. this Monday through Thursday, the Keller Williams Southwest Market Center is collecting items at 1801 S. MoPac Expy.
Here's a list of items KW Cares is requesting:
- Large black trash bags
- Face masks
- Brooms, mops and cleaning supplies
- Paper towels, paper plates and toilet paper
- Plastic utensils
- Pet food
- Rubber boots
- First-aid kits
- Batteries of all sizes
- Bug spray
- New socks and underwear
- Bottled water
- Ice and Styrofoam coolers
The J.W. Marriott in Downtown Austin will be hosting at Hurricane Harvey Benefit Fashion Show at Friday, Sept. 8.
Event organizers said 100 percent of ticket sales will be donated to hurricane relief via J.J. Watt's hurricane relief fund. A minimum ticket purchase will cost $50, but guests can donate as much as they like.
Participating runway designers include Daniel Esquivel, Ross Bennett, Samantha Plasencia, Gail Chovan, Masha Osoianu, Adrienne Yunger, the Austin School of Fashion Design and many more.
More info can be found on their website.
Note: This is an ongoing list. Check back for updates.
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