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2017-08-31

Texans helping Texans

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Hurricane Harvey relief donation
collection site near courthouse during Experience Bandera

To help victims of Hurricane Harvey, a trailer will be set up to receive donations near the Bandera County Courthouse during the Experience Bandera weekend celebration. Helping Hand, at 1112 12th St., is also accepting donations.
Suggested donations
• Personal care items, baby products, diapers
• Non-perishable food
• Cleaning supplies, rags, detergent, disinfectant
• Mops, brooms, plastic buckets, scrub brushes
• Bedding, towels and washcloths
• Work gloves, boots, dust masks
• Blue plastic tarps, rolled plastic
• 30 lb rolled roofing, roofing nails
• Plywood, chipboard, lumber
• Tools: hammers, skill saws, pry bars
• Shovels and rakes
Make a donation
Make a cash or diaper donation to the Texas Diaper Bank, which is providing emergency diaper kits to displaced families.
• National organizations are collecting donations for general disaster relief efforts, including the Red Cross, United Way, Americares, Salvation Army, Save the Children, Global Giving, Heart to Heart and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief.
• Gofundme has curated a list of Harvey relief efforts, with fundraisers for individual cities, families and homes.
• The State of Texas Agriculture Relief fund (STAR fund) is collecting private dollars to help Texas farmers and ranchers recover from Hurricane Harvey.
• You can help Hurricane Harvey victims by texting HARVEY to 90999 to give $10 to the Red Cross (or by visiting RedCross.org to give any other amount).
Other ways to help: Give blood
• Find out where to donate blood at the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center website, or call 210-731-5590.
Help with rescue efforts
• If you have a boat or a safe high-water vehicle, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office wants your help. Call 713-881-3100 to help.
• The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas is helping displaced animals. You can donate at www.spca.org/give or sign up to adopt a displaced animal at www.spca.org/foster. Austin Pets Alive, which transferred more than 200 pets to its shelter as of Saturday morning, is also seeking help, as are the Animal Defense League of Texas and the Houston Humane Society.
• Open your home to disaster victims through Airbnb at www.airbnb.com/disaster-response.
Volunteer your time
• Volunteers can sign up for trips to the affected area through organizations such as Samaritan’s Purse, Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.
• Remote Area Medical is seeking medical personnel, as well as general support and supplies, to help with rescue efforts. Contact RAM at volunteers@ramusa.org or 865-579-1530.
• The State Bar of Texas has a legal hotline to help people — specifically low-income Texans — with issues such as replacing lost documents and answering insurance questions. They have a disaster relief volunteer form, which attorneys licensed in Texas can fill out by on the State Bar of Texas website.