The images and reports coming in after Hurricane Harvey break our hearts, and we know they break yours, too. According to an NPR report, Bob Ottenhoff, president and CEO of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, says the best way to help right now is by giving money.
Here’s how you can donate to organizations that have the ability to provide aid where it’s needed most:
- After a hurricane, you can’t take anything for granted, including toothpaste, soap and cleaning supplies. International Aid, based in Spring Lake, is providing Houston area residents with hygiene kits, paper products, and mops, wringers and buckets. Donate online. (You can also donate time to help pack hygiene kits Thursday 8/31; sign up here.)
- Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has established a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund (through the Greater Houston Community Foundation) that will accept tax deductible flood relief donations for victims that have been affected by the floods. You can donate online here.
- The American Red Cross provides shelter, meals and comfort to people impacted by Harvey. They were on the scene immediately and will stay as long as they’re needed with this massive relief effort. You can help by donating online.
- Pets need help, too! Donate online to Houston’s BARC Animal Center to help animals displaced by the hurricane.