Hurricane Harvey: How you can help even when hundreds of miles away

Texas might be a far way from the Northeast, but you can still help the Lone Star State begin recovering from Hurricane Harvey.

August 29, 2017 – Federal officials are already predicting Hurricane Harvey — now Tropical Storm Harvey — will drive 30,000 people into shelters and spur 450,000 victims to seek some sort of disaster assistance.

As this unprecedented flooding ravages Texas, many of us find ourselves asking what we can do to help our fellow Americans.

There are many ways that you can help with disaster relief in the wake of tropical storm Harvey.

Below are several trusted organizations that are helping with relief effort that you can donate to:

American Red Cross – You can donate directly to the American Red Cross to assist hurricane victims. The minimum online donation is $10. To donate visit redcross.org, call 1- 800-RED CROSS or text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Salvation Army – Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, go to the donate online or send your contribution, earmarked “Disaster Relief,” to The Salvation Army, 10755 Burt St, Omaha, NE 68114.

Catholic Charities USA – Donated funds go to support recovery efforts, including direct assistance, rebuilding, and health care services. You can donate here.

Driscoll Children’s Hospital – The children’s hospital is located in Corpus Christi, one of the cities hardest hit by the storm. You can donate online at www.driscollchildrens.org.

Samaritan’s Purse – Disaster relief units are headed towards the area, according to Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. You can make donations towards their efforts here.

If you’re looking for a local charity to support in the wake of Hurricane Harvey please consider Houston Food Bank, Food Bank of Corpus Christi, Houston Humane Society, or San Antonio Humane Society. These highly-rated organizations are located in the most-affected areas and are providing support to individuals and animals.

Check the charity before you donate

If you’re donating to help victims of Hurricane Harvey, make sure you know where your money is going. The Center for International Disaster Information recommends using sites such as GiveWell, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or the Better Business Bureau to make sure an organization is legitimate.