How You Can Help Harvey VictimsPosted: Last Edited: Aug 31, 2017 01:33 PM
NEW JERSEY — While many Garden State residents' thoughts and prayers are with the people of Texas and Louisiana, who are fighting for their lives, homes and everything else they own and love following the wrath of Hurricane Harvey, we have put together a list of local and national fundraisers, drives and charity programs that need your help.
Experts are calling the Harvey catastrophe the most devastating natural disaster the country has ever witnessed, with several lives lost, an estimated billions of dollars in damage and rebuilding, and one of the country's largest cities in need of a long-term rebuilding plan.
Hundreds of thousands of people need your help and anything you can do will surely be welcomed.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
While a state-backed emergency task force has already been deployed to Texas to help victims there, and Red Cross volunteers from New Jersey have also made their way to assist rescue efforts, there are countless ways we in South Jersey can help the victims of Harvey.
Here are some ways you can make a huge difference in the lives of your fellow Americans.
- Twitter — SNJ Today is compiling and sharing information on our Twitter page in relation to campaigns, organizations and other rescue efforts for the victims of Harvey. Click on the link to go to the official SNJ Today Twitter page to find out ways you can help. Use the hashtag #SJHarveyRelief when tweeting relevant tips and links.
- Kevin Hart - Philly Comedian Kevin Hart is no joke with regard to helping Harvey disaster victims. His campaign via CrowdRise.com
has already raised more than $1 million. From his page: "Help people affected by Hurricane Harvey. Your donation enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster. The American Red Cross works to bring help and hope to people impacted by disasters, including home fires... ."
- AmeriCorps — Check their Twitter page to find out how you can help.
- American Red Cross —Help the victims of Hurricane Harvey by making your financial donation to the American Red Cross' disaster relief services such as shelter, food, comfort, etc.
- Salvation Army — Visit the Salvation Army's Twitter page for ways you can support their efforts in Texas and Louisiana.
GoFundMe has also set up a web page for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
- GoFundMe.com — Several Go Fund Me campaigns have been started for victims of Harvey, including a Harvey Disaster Animal Fund. Here are some others (pictured above)
Help for the Animals: Red Rover is a group whose with a mission of caring for animals in crisis
Promote #HurricanePrep — The U.S. government site gives tips to prepare for a hurricane
Tips to Avoid Fundraising Scams — Although your heart is in the right place, the Federal Trade Commission offers these tips to ensure your giving goes to the right people and not fraudsters.
Airbnb — Helping Hurricane Harvey evacuees: "Open your doors to those in need or find emergency accommodations."
Catholic Charities USA — Or catholiccharitiesusa.org
- United Way of Gloucester County
Americares - Medical assistance
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster — FEMA Administrator Brock Long has encouraged Americans who want to help storm victims to connect with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) online, which is coordinating donations and volunteers.
According to the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, hospitals in Texas are facing blood shortages. The organization is seeking blood donations in order to stock up trauma centers that are seeing an influx of patients in the aftermath of the storm.
The organization Feeding Texas has mobilized to assist families affected by flooding. Coastal food banks are currently distributing food to the public while inland food banks are assisting Red Cross shelters with items needed by refugees. Those who are in need of assistance can call 2-1-1 to learn where distribution centers are located. Local food banks are in need of staple foods such as powdered milk, cereal, pop-top meat, canned fruit, peanut butter, jelly and fruit cups. Cleaning supplies will also be accepted.
Houston Texans star JJ Watt set up an online fundraiser called the Houston Flood Relief Fund on the YouCaring crowdfunding site. Watt has personally donated $100,000 to those who've been affected by the storm.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, which accepts tax deductible donations for flood relief victims. The organization will accept checks, money orders, bank wire transfers, stock, corporate bonds and other marketable securities. For donation instructions, click here.
The Food Bank of South Jersey will be holding fundraisers in September.
umcor.org — A faith-based organization that always responds to these types of crises with disaster relief efforts
UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 1, 3:58 p.m. — A number of our readers have shared additional ways to assist with relief efforts in Texas and Louisiana, including several local fundraisers and support initiatives in the southern New Jersey region, on our Facebook and Twitter pages using the hashtag #SJHarveyRelief — here are some of them:
The movement "Help Us Help Houston" was started by a local Girl Scout Troop in Cumberland County, located in Maurice River Twp., which was then joined by another Girl Scout Troop out of Vineland. "All we started out to do was have a goal to send out what we could — maybe a few large containers filled with the items needed. Well then we had numerous businesses, fire and EMS departments reach out willing to set up drop-off locations. It has turned into something so much more than we ( Troop Leader Jenna Cattell and myself) could have ever imagined. It is amazing to see people coming together! All items will be picked up by Monday, September 4, 2017. — Ashely Hughes
More drop-off locations in Cumberland County added:
• Phenom Factory (102 S. 8th St., Millville) Mon.-Thurs.: 11am-7pm; Fri. 11am-9pm; Sat. 9am-7pm; Sun. 10am-5pm,
• Maurice River Twp. Municipal Building (590 Main St., Leesburg), Construction Office open Mon.-Fri. 9am-3pm
*Items sought include socks, diapers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, hand sanitizer, medical gloves, First Aid supplies, feminine products, and small bath towels.
HAMMONTON FIRST DRIVE
A Donation Drive to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston is being held as part of the free Hammonton First Headquarters Grand Opening, which will be held on Wednesday, August 30th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. The Headquarters is located at 210 Bellevue Avenue, directly next door to Casciano Coffee Bar in Downtown Hammonton. Live music, food and drinks are free and open to the public as part of the Grand Opening Celebration at the Headquarters. There will also be a secure drop box at that location that donors can use after business hours.
Hammonton Mayor Steve DiDonato and Hammonton First are directing those that are interested in donating to the following charities that focus on helping Houston people and pets:
Or send the Houston Humane Society Items on their Amazon Wish List. These will automatically ship directly to Houston.
The Cooper Foundation and Cooper Chairman George E. Norcross III have established a relief fund to help employees of Houston’s MD Anderson Cancer Center following Hurricane Harvey. Cooper Chairman George E. Norcross III kicks off fund with $5,000 donation. To donate, visit The Cooper Foundation.
CAPE MAY BREWING COMPANY
Cape May Brewing Company is supporting Harvey relief in its Tasting Room over Labor Day weekend.
“Cape May is no stranger to storms,” says co-owner and vice-president Bob Krill.
“When we see images like the ones coming out of Houston, our hearts go out to these people.”
With that in mind, CMBC is planning to start their autumn Pint Night series with a weekend dedicated to Harvey relief. The brewery, located at 1288 Hornet Road in the Cape May Airport, will be donating $1 from every pint, flight, growler fill, and packaged beer sold through Sunday of Labor Day weekend.
“One of our Core Values is ‘Be a Good Neighbor’,” says co-owner and president Ryan Krill. “It doesn’t matter if that neighbor is across the street or halfway across the continent, CMBC will do everything it can to help.”
Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest of the year at Cape May Brewing Company. Visitors flock to the brewery to sample their offerings, many made from local ingredients. This end of the summer weekend should prove to be one of the brewery’s highest-trafficked weekends of the year.
“We’re always hoping for a good turnout,” says Ryan Krill, “but we’re hoping that this year people will keep in the back of their mind that they can have a great beer while helping people in need.”
One of the brewery’s most popular beers is a Double IPA called Coastal Evacuation, named for the signs that dot the evacuation routes away from the Jersey Shore.
“We could be next,” says co-owner Chris Henke. “As a fellow coastal community, it feels like the right thing to do.”
For more information click here Cape May Brewing Company or call (609) 849-9933.
VORHEES ANIMAL ORPHANAGE
This weekend the Vorhees Animal Orphanage is expecting a busy week of adoptions in relation to Harvey and the facility's hope to help reunite Texas dogs and their owners.
(We will continue to update this page with links and other sources to help the victims of Harvey. Please follow us on Twitter for more links and to share your own ideas. Use #SJHarveyRelief and it'll appear on the Twitter feed on this page.)
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