Please keep Texas and Louisiana in your thoughts and prayers.
Hurricane Harvey is now the largest “rain event” in U.S. history. At least 17,000 Houstonians are housed in shelters and a higher number of displaced people are staying with friends or family. An estimated 100,000 homes and 500,000 cars have been damaged.
If you would like to help out, here is list of charities and animal rescues that could really use your assistance in this disaster.
- Houston SPCA Founded in 1924, it is the city’s oldest and largest animal protection organization aiding more than 50,000 animals a year, providing shelter, rescue, rehabilitation, adoption and other services. Staff and volunteers are working to help pets displaced by Harvey.
- The Houston Food Bank is the nation’s largest food bank, distributing more than 79 million meals last year through hunger relief charities in 18 counties. It is working with partner agencies to ensure that food continues to be provided to those most in need, and also to those who will struggle to rebuild their lives after Hurricane Harvey.
- Baker Ripley opened the city’s largest shelter at Houston’s NRG Stadium, preparing for up to 10,000 evacuees forced out of their homes by flooding.
- Star of Hope Mission has been dedicated to helping homeless men, women and children through programs that focus on education, employment, spiritual growth and other foundations.
- Second Baptist Church is one of the nation’s largest churches, with six campuses in the Houston area. It is helping to restore homes damaged by flooding. Teams of volunteers, are providing supplies, cleaning out flooded homes, tearing out wet carpet and walls and more to begin the restoration process.
- Memorial Assistance Ministries During disasters like Hurricane Harvey, it responds to those who need rehousing, replacement furniture, financial assistance, trauma counseling and much more.