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How you can help during Hurricane Harvey

From Staff Reports
Aug. 28, 2017 at 12:04 p.m.
Updated Aug. 31, 2017 at 11:49 a.m.

The Texas  flag and American flag wave in the wind  Sunday in an area of debris left behind in the wake of Hurricane Harvey  in Rockport.

News coverage of massive flooding and other catastrophic disaster caused by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath make one fact clear: people are suffering. There are many ways you can help, though, and here's a look:

Longview High School cheerleaders are collecting toiletries and other donations for Hurricane Harvey victims this evening. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., the cheer team will be in the Longview High School parking lot at Loop 281 and Airline Road to take donations, which will be given to the American Red Cross for distribution. Organizers ask that toiletry donations be put in shoebox-sized care packages, marked for men or women.

St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Longview will be closing as a collection site at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, to load a truck and send it south. The collection site does not need any more clothing donations. Until 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31, will continue to accept donations of supplies for shelters serving those displaced by the storm. Organizers also seek volunteers to help coordinate the donation drive, beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday at the church’s Pope John Paul II Family Center at 2904 Arrow Lane. Toiletries, bath towels, blankets, bedding, paper towels, trash bags and packaged snacks are needed. For more information or to volunteer, call (903) 720-8460. Spring Hill is also serving as a collection site for donated items.

The American Red Cross has information about Hurricane Harvey on its website and a special appeal for help in financing the disaster response. Find it at You can also call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

The Salvation Army is accepting financial donations online or donors can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769).

Carter BloodCare said it will send blood donations to its partners affected by Hurricane Harvey. It also is preparing for an increase in demand for blood and platelets for intensive care patients. Visit and click on “donate blood” to find a local donation center or drive location.

Convoy of Hope teams arrived in Texas last week and are working with local partners to identify the areas of greatest need and set up distribution sites to get emergency supplies to those in need. The nonprofit is accepting donations via its website at

House of Disciples has teamed up with the Longview Dream Center, J-STAR Ministries and Nicole and Michael Dukett to collect items to be sent to Houston on Friday morning. Desired items are bottled water, non-perishable food, toiletries, pillows, blankets, diapers, wipes, formula, pet food and cleaning supplies. Items can be dropped off at the Dream Center at 803 Gilmer Road in Longview.

The Texas Diaper Bank is putting together relief kits for families that need access to clean diapers in the midst of flooding and evacuations. Diapers take up a lot of space in a delivery truck, which means other relief organizations have to decide between bringing diapers or food to affected areas. Visit to donate.

Portlight Disaster Strategies works to help people with disabilities locate and access services they need in the wake of disaster. It has set up a hotline at (800) 626-4959 for referrals, and you can learn how to help at

Direct Relief USA offers prescription drugs and other medical supplies for those in need during emergency situations and works with clinics and primary care doctors to ensure people are able to get what they need when they need it. Visit to learn more or to donate.

The Houston Coalition for the Homeless is facilitating shelter for homeless people in that city, including offering up-to-date information about which shelters currently have space and how to get there safely. Learn more at and donate at

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