How you can help Hurricane Harvey victims

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HOUSTON, TX – AUGUST 27: Andrew White (L) helps a neighbor down a street after rescuing her from her home in his boat in the upscale River Oaks neighborhood after it was inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 27, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Harvey, which made landfall north of Corpus Christi late Friday […]

Thousands of people in Hurricane Harvey’s wake are dealing with the immediate destruction, but recovery efforts could take months. FEMA is already estimating 450,000 people will apply for disaster assistance, and across the country, many spared from damage may want to help.

You can donate to the American Red Cross by going to its website, calling 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669) or through text message. The money goes toward recovery efforts.

If you choose to text your donation, text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10.

If you’d like to help in your community, find your local chapter of the Red Cross online and ask what you can do to support its work. Some may not be prepared to accept donations or coordinate volunteer efforts, so please check first before taking action.

The City of Houston has also established a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. People can donate online or send checks or money orders to the Greater Houston Community Foundation, 5120 Woodway Drive, Suite 6000, Houston, TX 77056.

“We are getting calls from across the country and right here in our hometown, and the generosity of people who understand this disaster is truly amazing,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “Together we can make a difference to those who will need extensive help to get back on their feet once this storm is over.”

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