Aug 29, 2017

Who's helping in Houston

Alexendre Jorge evacuates Ethan Colman, 4, from a neighborhood inundated by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in Houston, Texas. AP/Charlie Riedel

Since Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, there has been a constant stream of reports of people helping one another. A news team helped save a truck driver stuck in his cab, NPR reports two women saved tied-up dogs, another man brought his boat to "save some lives."

Here are some other groups sending aid and collecting donations:

  • H-E-B set up mobile kitchens, serving 8,000 meals in Victoria yesterday and moving to Rockport today.
  • The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas is planning to receive up to 300 displaced animals. Donate here.
  • Portlight Strategies has given "emergency assistance to hundreds of people with disabilities," per their Hurricane Harvey announcement. Donate here.
  • Texas Diaper Bank is providing families with emergency diaper kits. Donate here.
  • Texas State Parks are open to evacuees seeking refuge, after Gov. Greg Abbott waived fees.
  • The United Way of Greater Houston is taking donations, focusing on "safety, shelter, and basic needs, like food." Donate here.
  • The Cajun Navy, a volunteer group of Louisianans, traveled to Texas to help with the rescue effort and saved several lives, per CNN.
  • Muslim Youth USA and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association have over 140 volunteers providing supplies and participating in search and rescue efforts, per the Independent.
  • The Disaster Medical Assistance Team CA-4 in San Diego has sent 48 members to Texas, including doctors, paramedics, and nurses.
  • Airbnb is waiving service fees for people who check in before September 25. Register your space here.
  • Red Cross volunteers in Illinois have been deployed to Texas.
  • Little Lobbyists has teamed up with several organizations to provide supplies to "children with complex medical needs."
  • Anheuser-Busch's Brewery in Cartersville, Georgia, has sent over 155,000 cans of clean drinking water to both Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Arlington, Texas.
  • Tito's Vodka is matching donations to the Red Cross, dollar for dollar up to $50 thousand. Donate here.
  • The Red Cross Hawaii Chapter sent sixteen volunteers to Texas.
  • The Urban Search and Rescue Team, composed of 45 Colorado firefighters deployed to Texas, or are on standby to do so.
  • The Southern Baptists of Texas Convention has set up disaster relief units to help with food, showers, cleanup, and more. Donate here.
  • Facebook is matching every dollar raised on Facebook, up to $1 million, for the Center for Disaster Philanthropy's Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund.
  • Bank of America is directing $1 million in funding from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to assist in relief efforts, as well as matching employee contributions per dollar until September 30. They are also refunding fees incurred by individuals and small business customers impacted by the storm, per a spokesman.
  • The Hearst Corporation pledged $1 million to the Greater Houston Red Cross, and vowed to match employee donations, dollar for dollar, up to another $1 million.
  • The Starbucks Foundation donated $250,000 to to relief efforts, and customers can donate to the American Red Cross at U.S. company-operated stores at the register, or over the Starbucks app.
  • ExxonMobil has pledged $1 million in relief support, allocating the money to the United Way of Greater Houston and the American Red Cross.
  • BP, which has its U.S. headquarters in Houston, has donated $750,000 in conjunction with the BP Foundation.
  • JPMorgan Chase donated $1 million to relief efforts, and is waiving or plans to refund late fees payments on loans,mortgages, and credit cards for those impacted by the storm through September 10. The firm will also waive or refund overdraft fees and ATM fees in effected area during that time.
  • United Way launched the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund, with the first donation of $1 million coming from the Leonardo DiCaprio Fund. Donate here.
  • Islamic Relief affiliates across the globe are donating a combined $1 million to assist in hurricane relief.
  • Amazon and Whole Foods are matching donations made through Amazon to the Red Cross, up to $1 million.
  • Microsoft announced it is giving an "initial" $100,000 grant to the Red Cross.
  • Apple has a button on iTunes allowing users to make donations to Red Cross.
  • Red Cross itself is using wireless and short codes to help make donating easier via text.

Read more from Mashable about how companies like Delta, Walmart, and Duracell are helping people effected by Hurricane Harvey.

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