By Dawn Massengill
More than 30,000 have been displaced by the biggest hurricane in the U.S. in a decade.
Hurricane Harvey, the strongest hurricane to hit the U.S. in more than a decade, wreaked havoc in the Houston area over the weekend and will continue into the week. Thousands of residents have been displaced, and experts are predicting more rain to come—a possible 50 inches in total.
While social media calls to action are helpful in spreading awareness, donations are what Houstonians need the most right now.
Here’s where you can send contributions.
1. The American Red Cross
One of the top disaster relief funds in the U.S., the Red Cross has launched a relief campaign with a $10 minimum. Donate here.
2. Global Giving
This international nonprofit channels funds to local projects, and is aiming to raise $2 million dollars for victims and first responders, specifically for immediate needs for food, water, and shelter. Remaining funds will help recovery efforts in the Gulf Coast. Donate here.
3. Greater Houston Community Foundation (GHCF)
Started by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, GHCF accepts tax-deductible donations. Donate here.
4. Food Banks: There are food banks throughout Houston gathering supplies for displaced residents. Head to the Houston Press for a list of locations.
5. The Montrose Center
Houston’s LGBT center serves more than 35,000 clients with its programs, many of which have been affected by Harvey. The center is hoping to raise $100,000 to provide food and housing, particularly for the many homeless LGBT youth who use its resources. Donate here.