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How you can help Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

01 September 2017, 02:09 | Rodolfo Quinn

Last year Austin Diaper Bank volunteer Melinda Cook packs stacks of diapers for distribution. Jessalyn Tamez AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Last year Austin Diaper Bank volunteer Melinda Cook packs stacks of diapers for distribution. Jessalyn Tamez  AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN

People troubled by the destruction and suffering caused by the Chetco Bar Fire in southwestern OR - and Hurricane Harvey in Texas - can help.

"I am working closely with my team at BeyGOOD as well as my pastor (Rudy Rasmus at St John's in downtown Houston) to implement a plan to help as many as we can".

Right now on k-w-c-h dot com, we have a list of charities with a reputation for helping people.

The Red Cross has a long reputation as an agency that helps those in need, especially when disasters hit.

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- The 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, Texas 78238. Water rescues are still occurring and numerous hospitals and nursing facilities are evacuating patients and residents. Checks can be made out to "American Red Cross - Hurricane Harvey Relief". "We are beginning a massive relief effort".

The health insurer is donating $100,000 apiece to the American Red Cross and the Community Foundation of Greater Houston through its Aetna Foundation. The company's global portfolio includes producing assets in the Harvey-affected Eagle Ford Shale and GOM. More than 80 tractor-trailer loads of cots, blankets, ready-to-eat meals, comfort kits, kitchen supplies and cleaning supplies are now on the ground in Texas. Almost half of our emergency response fleet - more than 150 vehicles - has been mobilized.

Stacy Palmer, editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, also suggests looking at a charity's website for information on how it will use donations. "Additionally, we are committed to supporting the long-term recovery and rebuilding of the Texas Gulf Coast". More than 6 million hurricane and flood alerts have been issued through Red Cross mobile apps since the threat of Hurricane Harvey (August 24). If you would like to volunteer with the Red Cross, you can visit redcross.org to learn more about the many volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application.

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