Those of us outside the southern Texas area hit hard by Hurricane Harvey are watching the news reports of the devastation with horror.
Tribute staff have a number of customers and friends who have been personally affected, as probably most of us do.
And while we may be miles away, there are a number of ways we can help. All of the following charities are supporting Hurricane Harvey relief in Houston and are rated three stars or higher (out of four) on CharityNavigator.org.
ALL HANDS: This nonprofit has staff on the ground in Texas and is in contact with emergency management officials about assisting in the response and recovery. You can give here.
AMERICARES: An international organization that has deployed an emergency response team to Houston and focuses on health. You can donate here.
DIRECT RELIEF: An international organization that provides emergency relief and helps equip local health providers. You can donate here.
GLOBAL GIVING: An international organization that supports local charities and organizations. You can donate here.
HEART-TO-HEART INTERNATIONAL: An international organization which will help provide medical supplies. You can donate here.
INTERNATIONAL RELIEF TEAMS: An international organization providing more than a thousand personal hygiene kits to flood refugees in Houston, among other emergency services. You can donate here.
OPERATION SUPPLY DROP: A veterans organization sending volunteers to Texas. You can give here.
PORTLIGHT: A U.S.-based organization that will help displaced residents who have disabilities or otherwise need special care. You can donate online here if you scroll down their main page.
RED CROSS: An international network of emergency relief. You can donate here.
SALVATION ARMY: The Christian charity is emphasizing its intentions to help with long-term recovery in Houston. You can give here.
SAVE THE CHILDREN: An international organization focused on children, making sure they have a healthy start to life. You can donate here.
SOUTHERN BAPTIST DISASTER RELIEF: An international volunteer organization which is providing emergency relief. You can donate here.
TEAM RUBICON: A veterans group specializing in disaster relief is sending volunteers to help with rescue operations in areas affected by Harvey. You can give here.
SBP: The New Orleans-based organization is sending Americorps volunteers to assist local leaders and nonprofits, and eventually help rebuild damaged or destroyed homes. You can give here.
LOCAL CHARITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS
If you feel it’s more effective to donate directly to local charities, here is a list to consider with the links to donate.
Charity Navigator, an organization that evaluates and ranks charities, recommends donating to the Houston Food Bank, Food Bank of Corpus Christi, Houston Humane Society, Houston SPCA, or the San Antonio Humane Society for the greatest impact.
AIRBNB: If you can offer up room locally for displaced residents and evacuees, or if you need a place to stay, AirBNB will help facilitate that. Here’s more information.
COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS: An umbrella organization coordinating shelters and organizations across Houston. You can donate here.
GREATER HOUSTON COMMUNITY FUND: A broad-based relief fund established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. You can give here.
HOUSTON HUMANE SOCIETY: The group is helping marshal care and shelter for pets in the area. You can give here. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas is undertaking similar efforts. You can give here. The San Antonio Humane Society is doing the same. More here. There is also Austin Pets Alive, which you can give to here.
SOUTH TEXAS BLOOD & TISSUE DONATION: You can donate here. Local residents can also donate blood in person.
TEXAS DIAPER BANK: You can donate here.
CENTRAL TEXAS FOOD BANK: You can donate here.
SAN ANTONIO FOOD BANK: You can donate here. Many displaced Houston residents will be relocated to San Antonio.
LOCAL FOOD BANKS: The Houston Press has compiled a list of food banks in the affected area, including Houston Food Bank, Galveston County Food Bank, Corpus Christi Food Bank, Southeast Texas Food Bank, and more. They recommend contacting a food bank directly about their need and what you can do.
As always, we are humbled by the efforts of our first responders, military, relief organizations, places of worship and everyday citizens to help their neighbors and strangers in need.
Photo Credits: #1 ) Brett Coomer-Houston Chronicle #2) An HCSO deputy rescuing two children in Cypress, photo by Harris Country Sherrif's Office/Twitter #3) Texas National Guard soldiers arrive in Houston, Texas to aid citizens in heavily flooded areas, photo by Photo by Zachary West, 100th MPAD via Military.com #4) Brett Coomer-Houston Chronicle #5) Team Rubicon photo by Kirk Jackson #6) Brett Coomer-Houston Chronicle #7) Joe Raedle/Getty Images #8) Houston Food Bank photo by State Farm/Flickr