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Hurricane Harvey: How You Can Help

on September 8, 2017

All of us here in Idaho understand the drastic effects natural disasters can have on people. We are no strangers to the destruction and pain they bring. Moreover, we know the importance of coming together and helping a neighbor in need, especially after a horrific event such as Hurricane Harvey.

In 1980, Idaho was plunged into darkness when Mount St. Helens collapsed and erupted. The state was coated in around two inches of volcanic ash, which is composed of tiny shards of pointed glass and rock that form a concrete-like material when wet and can significantly damage a person’s lungs. Washington was immediately declared a natural disaster area, and Idaho was declared one the following day.

The fear, uncertainty and devastation that accompany a natural disaster is unfathomable. We were incredibly fortunate to have not only recovered from these devastating events, but to have quite literally “grown” from them. Our state’s sense of community is unrivaled, and had Idahoans not banded together in these times of need, the damage could have been much worse.

Now, we have neighbors down in Houston experiencing one of the most horrifying hurricanes in American History. Many people are left without homes and the worry of loved ones being okay. What comes after the storm is a long, slow and expensive process of rebuilding homes, communities and entire cities from the ground up. And that means donations will be greatly needed.

So let’s step up for our friends in Texas. The extent of damage, severe injury and loss of life can be greatly minimized when we come together, as a nation and as a community.

We’ve compiled a list of places to donate money and clothing. Donating is simple. There are many text messaging campaigns to help you donate as little as $5 or $10 to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The Red Cross has created one and to donate, simply text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10. There is no need for credit or debit card information. The donation charge will appear on your next phone billing cycle.

Other charities you can text or call include:

  • The United Way Flood Relief Fund. To donate, text UWFLOOD to 41444.
  • Carter BloodCare covers hospitals in north, central and east Texas. To donate, call 877-571-1000 or text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999
  • Donations to support The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Harvey relief efforts can be made at org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

Smaller organization in Texas that can use your donation include:

Houston Food Bank

Food Bank of Corpus Christi

Houston Humane Society

Houston SPCA

San Antonio Humane Society

Texas Diaper Bank in San Antonio is asking for diapers and wipes, which can be dropped off in person or mailed to 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, TX, 78238.

Before you donate to a charity, make sure you know where your aid is going. The Center for International Disaster Information recommends checking with a charity monitoring organization like GiveWell, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or the Better Business Bureau before donating.

We at Mainstream understand just how crucial it is to stick together and be there for one another. We also encourage you, if you are able, to donate money to these charities so the victims of Hurricane Harvey can get the assistance they need. Looking out for your neighbor is a way of life for us Idahoans. Let’s look out for our friends suffering in Texas.


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