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How to help with Harvey relief

Written by Crystal Stryker | Aug 29, 2017 3:33 PM
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People climb over a highway divider after being rescued by boat by members of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Houston Fire Department during flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

(Harrisburg) -- Houston is more than 1,462 miles from Harrisburg but that's not stopping people in the midstate from sending help to people impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Experts emphasize the most useful gift is a donation to an organization you trust.

Here is a list of options to consider including Charity Navigator rankings where available. WITF is not endorsing or vouching for any of these organizations.

Give blood 

"We always need a constant, steady supply of blood for people who need it," said Kimberly Maiolo, spokesperson for the Central PA Red Cross, on Smart Talk.

You must be in good health, feeling well, and weigh at least 110 lbs to donate.

Visit redcrossblood.org to find a donation site near you.

American Red Cross Charity Navigator Rating: 3 stars out of 4

Fill a bucket 

The Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ is sending hygiene kits and clean up buckets to people affected by Harvey.

United Church of Christ Charity Navigator Rating: unrated

Fund a food bank

HoustonPress has a list of Texas food banks mobilizing for Harvey.

Help furry friends 

Monetary contributions can be made to the Houston SPCA or SPCA of Texas, both rated 4 stars out of 4 by Charity Navigator.

Furever Home Adoption Center in Lancaster is sending a trailer of pet supplies to Texas along with gift cards. Deadline to drop off items is September 2 at Pet Pantry and September 3 at Furever Home. 

Furever Home Adoption Center Navigator Rank: unrated

Religious orgs 

The Diocese of Harrisburg

The Diocese of Harrisburg will hold a special collection on September 2 and 3. Contributions can also be made online, choosing the Natural Disasters option.

"Our hearts and prayers go out to the families that have lost loved ones and to all who have lost homes and businesses along with their sense of peace and normalcy... Our prayerful and financial support is urgently needed," said Bishop Ronald W. Gainer of the Diocese of Harrisburg in a statement.

Charity Navigator Rating: unrated

Jewish Federations of North America

Jewish Federations of North America has established a Hurricane Harvey Relief fund. They focus on "food and medicine and long-term needs like trauma counseling."

Charity Navigator Rating: 3 stars (out of 4)

Mennonite Disaster Service

Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) in Lititz focuses on repairing and rebuilding homes; the executive director of MDS is in Texas to assess damage. 

"We expect the Harvey response will mirror our Katrina response, which for us lasted seven years," MDS communications manager Mark Beach wrote in an email. Mennonite Disaster Service is accepting financial donations, and prospective volunteers can apply online.    

Charity Navigator rating: unrated 

The Salvation Army 

The Salvation Army accepts donations online for Harvey relief efforts.

Charity Navigator Rating: unrated

Is your organization helping out too? 

If your organization would like to share something for this list please send an email to crystal_stryker@witf.org or find her on Twitter

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