Some Harvey evacuees have come to Dallas-Fort Worth to avoid the damage and danger of the storms. Here’s how North Texans can help.
Volunteer to Help Evacuees
The City of Dallas may need volunteers to help evacuees at designated recreation centers. Register online to become a volunteer. If you’re already in Houston, you might also consider volunteering with All Hands Volunteers.
Provide Supplies for City Recreation Centers
Drop off supplies at a donation center at 15660 North Dallas Parkway (north of Arapaho Road), Dallas, from 3-8 p.m. through Sept. 1. The center is operated by the local nonprofit group Trusted World, which is working with the city and several disaster relief agencies.
Items needed: diapers, baby wipes, toiletries, feminine hygiene products and nonperishable food including baby formula. The only clothing items that are needed at this time are packs of underwear and socks.
Check the Trusted World Facebook page and the city’s 211 phone line for the latest information.
Donate Money for Hurricane Relief Efforts
- Dallas Foundation: The Dallas Foundation has started a Hurricane Harvey disaster relief fund. Donate online here, designating funds for Harvey efforts. Checks can be mailed to the Dallas Foundation, 3963 Maple Ave., Suite 390, Dallas, Texas 75219, noting Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund.
- Red Cross: The American Red Cross has information about Hurricane Harvey on its website and a special appeal for help in funding the disaster response. The site includes hurricane safety tips and resources. Go to redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
- Salvation Army: The Salvation Army is accepting financial donations online or donors can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769). Also six local stations of CBS Radio DFW will hold a fund drive Monday to benefit the Salvation Army efforts. Money will be accepted by phone noon to 6 p.m. at 214-525-7200 and 214-525-7044 (Spanish).
- Save the Children: Save the Children is on the ground in Texas, and has set up a relief fund for kids and families affected by Harvey.
- United Way of Greater Houston: United Way of Greater Houston has set up a relief fund that people can donate to. The organization’s first priority is shelter and basic needs like food. They will also focus on long-term recovery efforts.
- Texas Diaper Bank: Donate to the Texas Diaper Bank on their website.
- Driscoll Children’s Hospital: Donate to the Driscoll Children’s Hospital of Corpus Christi on their website.
- Greater Houston Community Foundation: Donate to the Greater Houston Community Foundation on their website.
- Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group: Donate online to the Coastal Bend Community Foundation.
- Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County: Donate online to the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County.
- Portlight: Portlight focuses on helping individuals with disabilities. Donate online to Portlight.
Donate to Area Food Banks
- Houston Food Bank: Donate online to Houston Food Bank.
- Galveston County Food Bank: Donate online to Galveston County Food Bank.
- Food Bank of Corpus Christi: Donate online to the Food Bank of Corpus Christi.
Donate Blood for Hurricane Relief Efforts
Carter BloodCare will send blood donations to its partners affected by Hurricane Harvey. The center will also deal with an increase in demand for blood and platelets as intensive care patients arrive in North Texas, spokeswoman Linda Goelzer said.
Donations of all blood types are needed, especially O types, she said.
North Texas donors can text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999 and a Carter BloodCare employee can tell you times and places to donate or call 1-877-571-1000.
Help With Displaced Animals/Pets
Hundreds of animals are being displaced because of Hurricane Harvey and are heading to North Texas.
SPCA of Texas is asking for donations of cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, treats, toys and newspaper. Donations can be taken to these locations: 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas and 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney. Financial donations are also accepted online.
Provide Shelter for Evacuees
Volunteer your rental home or room through rental site Airbnb.com, which is connecting evacuees in the path of the storm with free, short-term lodging. Airbnb hosts in designated areas are able to volunteer their rentals through a sign-up program. That’s also where evacuees can request lodging.
The program has been activated in several cities, including Dallas, San Antonio and Austin. It will run through Sept. 1.
Tell Dallas Mornings News About Other Ways to Help
- Are you a Hurricane Harvey evacuee interested in taking classes at DCCCD? Head to our website for information on how to get started.
Photo was taken by the Texas National Guard.