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Hurricane Harvey: How You Can Help (Updated with Local Drives)

 

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Before you donate to a charity, make sure you know where your aid is going. The Center for International Disaster Information recommends checking with a charity monitoring organization like GiveWell, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or the Better Business Bureau before donating. Make sure your donation is secure by going through an organization’s official website or sending a check in the mail.

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Help those affected by #HurricaneHarvey. Visit http://redcross.org , call 1-800-RED CROSS or text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Best way to help after #Harvey2017 is to make a financial donation to a disaster relief charity. Donors can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to help.

Catholic Charities USA, a Catholic social service organization, is seeking donations to help those who have been affected by Harvey. Support our disaster relief efforts for #HurricaneHarvey & related floods. Text CCUSADISASTER to 71777 to donate.. https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/CCUSADISASTER

Austin Pets Alive! is helping shelters in the direct line of #HurricaneHarvey. Please find out how you can help: https://www.austinpetsalive.org/hurricane-harvey-evacuations/

Food banks throughout Texas are also accepting donations for people affected by the storm. You can donate money to Feeding Texas, a network of the state’s food banks, here. Additionally, the Elgin Courier has compiled a list of food bank locations throughout the region that may need donations of food or supplies.

Hurricane Harvey has hit the Texas coast and more rain and flooding are anticipated over the coming days. As part of the State and Dallas County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (V.O.A.D.), Trusted World has begun mobilizing. This is a group actually looking for certain items to help out. Find out more HERE. 

The Soper Volunteer Fire Department and Town of Soper will be accepting Donations until September 15th, 2017 until 5pm. All donations will go to help individuals who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey.  Anyone willing to donate items can drop off at Soper City Hall Monday – Wednesday 9-1 and Thursday -Friday 1-5.  They are asking for non-perishable food items, bottled water, cleaning items, diapers, wipes,  pillows, air mattress, sleeping bags, and etc. The Soper VFD will be taking and delivering donated items to Texas. Please help if you can and please share to get the word out.

Any other volunteer fire departments in Choctaw County that would help collect donated items we would appreciate your help. If you can get the items to Soper we will deliver on your behalf.

Food drive at East Texas Trailers Located 16 miles west of Paris on Highway 82  the Help Hurricane Harvey Victims food drive will be open from  8 am to 4 pm and Friday till 12. If you have any questions give them a call at 903-378-3303 during work hours . To schedule a drop off after work hours call or text  903-249-3207.

 

There will be a 53′ enclosed trailer getting loaded with donations to be taken to Port A, Rockport, Refugio Etc. Exact departure dates are unknown but the trailer will be parked at Paris Auto Group (1625 NE Loop 286, Paris, Tx 75460) to receive donations through Friday. Then at Rue 21 in the Town Center from 9-2 through 9-4. Contact Numbers will be Aaron McBride (903)715-4795 or Jonna McBride (325)248-5550. People asking for baby formula,diapers, blankets, pillows, food, water, socks & underwear, razors & bath stuff.

 

Dennys will be accepting donations for hurricane Harvey this Friday Saturday and Sunday.

 

Summit Paving and Lamar County Adopt a Cop are doing a drive at Lifeline Worship Center 6780 Lamar Road in Reno Thursday from 12 til 8 and Friday from 1 til 7pm. For more info call Ryan at 817-876-8352 or Amanda at 903-905-1229.

 

Mike Hooge with River Valley Construction 903.495.6705 Leaving Monday morning if not sooner if the trucks fill up. Will be at the Walmart to load up from 2-6 on Saturday and from 12-4 on Sunday if we’re not full. Needs are water, prepackaged foods, bedding, towels, lots of baby items such as diapers, wipes, formulas, and bottles. They asked that no clothes be sent hard to deal with. If anyone else wants to haul with me I welcome the company. Just give out my number.

 

Paris Ford also doing a drive.

 

Comfort Inn & Suites in Paris is accepting donations of toiletries, hygiene products and non-perishable food items until September 4th.

 

Maxey Baptist Church is doing a drive. Contact Mike Clark at 903-905-1336

 

Trusted World is being used by Red Cross Dallas (over 5,000 folks from Houston there)

 

Donation Drop Off:
15660 Dallas Parkway, Dallas TX

 

Donation Hours: Monday 3 pm to 8 pm / Tuesday through Friday 9 am to 7 pm
Volunteer hours: 10 am to 8 pm. You can sign up for a 2-hour shift.

 

Current Needs:
New underwear and socks (all sizes)
Non-Perishable food
Toiletries
Feminine hygiene products
Baby diapers, wipes and formula