Giving Back

How to Help Victims of Harvey

by Team Fathom
The Texas National Guard helping in Houston. Photo courtesy of The National Guard.

The damage that Tropical Storm Harvey is inflicting on Texas, and especially the Houston area, is incalculable. And as of this writing, it shows no signs of slowing down, having just made a second landfall in Louisiana. But in times of crisis, good people come together to help each other. That's all there is to it. Here are a few ways that you can assist the victims of Harvey, with special focus on local charities.

  • The North Texas organization Hope Supply Co is helping children and families displaced at the mega shelter in Dallas. You can use this registry link to purchase blankets, bottles, diapers, and more in the hands of children and parents who have lost everything.
  • Purchase survival essentials like pillows, first aid kits, and phone chargers through the Red Cross Wish List on Amazon. As this article in Wired explains, other community wish lists, well-intentioned though they are, might not help the victims immediately because Amazon had to close several local distribution centers. But Amazon commited to delivering items on the Red Cross list, in addition to pledging $1 million in matching donations.
  • More corporate giving to commend: ABC/Disney and Hearst are matching employee gifts made to the Red Cross and other charities.
  • You can donate to the Red Cross in $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, and $200 increments directly from Apple's App Store. Personal information won't be shared with the organization, but you'll get a receipt.

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