As tens of thousands of people in southern Texas cope with catastrophic Hurricane Harvey, Kentuckians can help with disaster relief.
A donation can be made on the Red Cross’s website or via phone: 1-800-733-2767. You can make a $10 donation by texting ‘REDCROSS’ to 90999. Red Cross is providing shelter, meals and comfort.
Kentucky Blood Center locations will be providing blood components to Texas and have asked Kentucky blood donors to come in this week to donate. Lexington locations are at 3121 Beaumont Centre Circle and 313 Maple Leaf Drive. KBC also is in Louisville (12905 Shelbyville Road), Somerset (10 Stonegate Centre) and Pikeville (472 S. Mayo Trail).
Several Texas food banks are accepting online donations, including the Houston Food Bank at houstonfoodbank.org, the Corpus Christi Food Bank at foodbankcc.com and the Galveston County Food Bank at galvestoncountyfoodbank.org.
Texas Diaper Bank
For those who want to help child victims, the Texas Diaper Bank is asking for cash and diaper donations. Go to the group’s website at texasdiaperbank.org and specify that you want your donation to go to disaster relief.
Austin Pets Alive
An animal shelter and no-kill pet advocacy group, Austin Pets Alive seeks assistance with pets in its shelter. Donations to its website will help with costly retrieval of animals and buying pet supplies.
The Salvation Army community centers in Houston and surrounding areas are providing shelter, food and clothing. More than a dozen mobile kitchens have been set up to serve meals, drinks and snacks. To donate, go to its website, call 1-800-725-2769, or text ‘STORM’ to 51555.
An organization that helps people with disabilities, Portlight needs contributions to help buy medical equipment and other assistive technology. Online donations are accepted at portlight.org.
Coalition for the Homeless
Kroger has joined forces with the American Red Cross to provide aid to Hurricane Harvey victims. Customer donations will be accepted at all Kroger stores and money collected will be forwarded directly to the Red Cross for relief efforts.
Many GoFundMe campaigns have been set up to benefit relief groups, animals and families in need. The full list of the fundraisers is on GoFundMe’s Hurricane Harvey Relief page at GoFundMe.com/hurricaneharvey.
USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund
U.S. Equestrian is providing aid to horses and horse owners affected by the hurricane through the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund. Donations on its website, usef.org/donate, will help support the rescue and rehabilitation of horses.