Hurricane Harvey Recovery: Here's how you can help!

posted by Laura Anderson -

1.  SAVANNAH RESPONDS:  Savannah Responds is a community philanthropic organization dedicated to assisting those in need.  It was started more than 55 years ago by former Chatham County Commissioner Pete Liakakis.  

Savannah Responds wants to fill at least one 18-wheeler with donated items, to include:  bottled water, cleaning items, body wipes, waterless shampoo, baby items - formula, bottles, etc., clothes for all ages, toys and games for kids of all ages, non-perishable food items, paper products such as toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, etc., pet food and other pet supplies, sheets, blankets, pillows, sunscreen, batteries, bug spray, mops, brooms, trash bags and anything else you can think of that will survive the ride - nothing flammable please (including containers of gas, etc).

You can donate through this coming weekend between 9am and 7pm at 1711 Dean Forest Rd.  It's about a mile north of I-16, next to Smitty's and across from Westside Transmission.  

Savannah Responds hopes to send at least one full truck next week.  They organization also needs some volunteers to man the donation station.  You can find out more info HERE.

2.  You can also help financially by donating $10 via text to the American Red Cross.  Text HARVEY to 90999.  You can donate more money through the Red Cross website:  redcross.org.

3.  Blood centers anticipate a shortage and are putting out urgent pleas for donations. The closure of blood banks and collection centers along the coast paired with likely injuries from the storm will stress existing supplies.

Check your local Red Cross for area blood donation info.  Click HERE for Savannah/Coastal Georgia.

VOLUNTEER:  

Red Cross: redcross.org/volunteer/.

• Salvation Army: http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/volunteer/

• The Salvation Army: To donate visit www.helpsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-725-2769.

• Catholic Charities USA: Visit catholiccharitiesusa.org to donate.

• GlobalGiving: visit https://www.globalgiving.org/harvey. Donors can also text HARVEY to 80100 to donate $10 to GlobalGiving's Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Message and data rates may apply. Terms: hmgf.org/t. Send a check by writing,"Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund" in the memo line and mailing it to GlobalGiving, 1110 Vermont Ave NW, Suite 550, Washington DC, 20005.

• Save the Children: www.savethechildren.org. Save the Children’s emergency response team is on the ground in San Antonio, Texas, working to meet children and families’ immediate needs

• Apple: The multimedia giant has set up a donation link directly on iTunes and App Store.Visit www.apple.com for more information. Donations will go directly to the American Red Cross.

• Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established this fund administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation to accept tax-deductible flood-relief donations. Checks and money orders can be mailed to the Greater Houston Community Foundation, while online credit card donations can be made at www.ghcf.org. Online credit card donations will be assessed a small fee by the credit card companies. Donors have the option of increasing their credit card donations to cover this fee. Wire-transferred cash will also be accepted.

Driscoll Children’s Hospital, which cares for Corpus Christi’s youngest and most ill patients, was directly in the path of Harvey. The hospital transported many of its patients out of harm’s way, but will likely will need funds to seamlessly continue operating its 189-bed pediatric facility.

Donations can be made online at www.driscollchildrens.org.

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