How you can help victims of Hurricane Harvey right now

Colleen Woodward
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Chuck Haupt for the American Red Cross

If you’ve seen anything on the news, or even just your social media, you’ll know that southeast Texas has been left in devastating conditions due to hurricane Harvey. The hurricane left Texas with “unprecedented” flooding, several people dead and many Texans without their homes. The photographs are heartbreaking to see, and while I sit here in NYC, I feel like there is more I want to be able to do.

There are many different organizations pulling together resources people need to get by in this difficult time. Most of us don’t have a huge amount of cash we can give, but if you skip that $5 latte, bring lunch for the day, you can put money toward some of the causes below. It may not seem like much, but it’s $5 more than they had before. Here’s where you can help from wherever you are:


American Red Cross

The Red Cross has a massive relief response underway and needs financial donations to be able to provide immediate help. You can donate by visiting, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.



Greater Good and Wag, the dog walking app, have partnered together to help displaced animals. Donations will be used to get pets food, medicine, and shelter supplies. Wag is currently matching your donations dollar for dollar to make even more of a difference.


Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Mayor Sylvester Turner created this fund that will accept tax deductible flood relief donations, and it will be housed by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.


The Montrose Center LGBTQ Hurricane Relief Fund

Houston’s LGBTQ counseling and community center, The Montrose Center, has created the LGBTQ Disaster Relief Fund in order to help their LGBTQ community members who have been displaced due to the storm. Donations will be used to help individuals and families rebuild their lives through counseling, direct assistance with food, furniture, and more.


Houston Food Bank Harvey Relief

Food is a top priority for most people who evacuated their homes and placed into shelters. Houston Food Bank is taking monetary donations, as well as food donations (see list on their site), to help victims of the hurricane.

To be honest, this is a crazy time in our country right now, but my faith in humanity has been restored just a bit after seeing the extreme acts of kindness, heroism and generosity given to those in need in Texas right now. So, skip that coffee today, and donate to your relief fund of choice.

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