By: WCTV Eyewitness News | CBS News
September 5, 2017
Hurricane Harvey has caused widespread damage across southeastern Texas and the floodwaters are expected to continue to rise for several more days. Officials say they expect 300,000 people to end up in emergency shelters and 450,000 people to register as disaster victims with federal government.
Here are several ways you can help the relief efforts for those impacted by Harvey:
The American Red Cross -- Help people affected by Hurricane Harvey by visiting redcross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. For more information, click here.
The Salvation Army -- Salvation Army disaster teams from across the country are mobilizing to provide physical, emotional and spiritual care to survivors and relief workers. For more information on how you can donate, click here.
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster -- FEMA Administrator Brock Long encouraged Americans who want to help storm victims to connect with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) online, which is coordinating donations and volunteers. For more information, click here.
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund -- Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, which accepts tax deductible donations for flood relief victims. The organization will accept checks, money orders, bank wire transfers, stock, corporate bonds and other marketable securities. For donation instructions, click here.
Catholic Charities USA -- The domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church, Catholic Charities USA, is accepting donations online and by phone. Text CCUSADISASTER to 71777 to make a donation. For more information, click here.
Franklin County Sheriff's Office -- FCSO is asking residents to help fill a trailer with donations of water, canned foods, toiletries, diapers, baby food, blankets, pillows and new or like-new clothing. The trailer will be parked in downtown Apalachicola beside the 13 Mile Seafood retail location, Tuesday through Friday of this week, before heading to Texas. Citizens may also drop off supplies in Carrabelle at the Ace Hardware or Taylor's in Eastpoint. For more information, click here.
Vietnam Veterans of America Big Bend Chapter #96 -- The Vietnam Veterans of America Big Bend Chapter #96 will be conducting an emergency supply relief effort. Their goal is to raise $20,000 to purchase items including canned goods, packaged snacks, paper dining products, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, and school supplies. A Gofundme account has been set up here. You may also donate requested items at the trailer at the Hootch 241, Lake Ella Dr., starting Tuesday September 5, through Monday September 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 pm daily.
Harvey Relief Drive in Tallahassee -- Mayor Andrew Gillum and Superintendent Rocky Hanna are partnering to collect relief items for victims of Hurricane Harvey. Items of need include bottled water, toiletries, and baby supplies such as diapers and wipes. Items can be dropped off at City Hall (300 S Adams St.), Chiles High School (7200 Lawton Chiles Ln.), Fort Braden School (15100 Blountstown Hwy.), Conley Elementary (2400 Orange Ave.), Swift Creek Middle School (2100 Pedrick Rd.), Canopy Oaks Elementary (3250 Point View Dr.), Roberts Elementary (5777 Pimlico Dr.), and the Leon County Schools offices (2757 W Pensacola St.). Additionally, the Mayor is hosting a blood drive in front of City Hall Friday September 1, from 8:30am – 12:30pm. All are invited to come and give blood.
Madison County Sheriff's Office -- Beginning Tuesday, September 5th, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office will be accepting donations at the main office located at 2364 West US Hwy 90 between the hours of 8am – 5pm until Friday September 8th and will resume the following week Monday thru Friday or until they fill their trailer. MCSO will then deliver the donations to agencies that have requested assistance. Items requested are packs of T-shirts, socks and underwear (various sizes), rags, trash bags, Ziploc bags, dust masks, gloves, and batteries. MCSO is requesting that donated items be packed in cardboard boxes and labeled identifying the contents.
Wakulla County Sheriff's Office -- WCSO is collecting canned goods and other non-perishable items for the people affected by Hurricane Harvey, starting Tuesday, September 5 and all week long at the Sheriffs Office until Friday, September 8.The donated items will be loaded into a trailer and delivered to the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey by the Sheriff and members of his staff.
Care Drive -- Second Harvest of the Big Bend, its Feeding Florida partners and Feeding America have joined forces for a local initiative called Care Drive. During this drive, Tallahassee residents and others in the community are encouraged to donate cleaning supplies as clean-up efforts will be a massive undertaking for individuals as well as the various Southeast Texas communities. Once the Care Drive concludes, Second Harvest’s Feeding Florida partners will pick up and transport the donations through the Feeding America network, for distribution to Harvey victims. Contributions should include, cleaning supplies, paper products, diapers, large garbage bags and personal care items. Those looking to donate can drop-off items at the Second Harvest warehouse, located at 4446 Entrepot Blvd., September 5 – 7, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Vietnam Veterans of America -- The Big Bend chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America is hosting a donation drive for Harvey relief supplies at Lake Ella. Donations can be dropped off at the VVA Hootch located at 241 Lake Ella Dr. from Tues., Sept. 5 through Mon., Sept. 11 between the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. For more information, click here.
The Leon County Sheriff's Office is also warning citizens to be aware of scammers using social media to take advantage of disaster relief fundraising. Scammers will set up Facebook pages, send tweets with fake charity websites, and send phishing emails asking for donations to Hurricane Harvey Relief Funds. Never click on links in emails or on social media that are not known to be from a trusted source.