How to Help the Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey — the most powerful storm to hit the United States mainland in over a decade — pounded Texas over the weekend and left devastation in its wake. The hurricane destroyed homes and cut power supplies, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee.

The Houston area continued to receive historic levels of rainfall until Tuesday. Rescuers of all kinds are plucking victims from rooftops and higher ground as flooding swamps the fourth largest city in the country.

Help is desperately needed. The Center for International Disaster Information recommends donating cash over supplies in these times like these because it comes with “no transportation costs, shipping delays, or customs fees. It also enables relief organizations to spend more time providing aid by spending less time managing goods.”

The Salvation Army is one of the organizations leading aid efforts. (The American Red Cross has come under fire for mishandling donations.)

The Salvation Army is accepting financial donations by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY. You can also text STORM to 51555 or donate online here.

See organizations in Texas worthy of donation below:

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