Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Here’s how you can help Harvey victims

Evacuees from Meyerland — a neighborhood in southwest Houston hit hard by Harvey — arrive at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017.
(Photo: Pu Ying Huang for The Texas Tribune)

Southern Denton County residents have many different ways to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Harvey, which made landfall Friday as a Category 4 hurricane and then lingered just off the coast as a drenching tropical storm, sent devastating floods pouring into Houston. The rising water forced a mass evacuation of parts of the city and overwhelmed rescuers who could not keep up with constant calls for help.

People across the country, and right here in North Texas, are pitching in to help the victims.

A donation drive has been organized at Liberty Christian School, 1301 South Highway 377, Argyle. Organizers are gathering items and will deliver them to Houston early next week, pending weather and travel conditions. All donations can be dropped off at the school.

Here are the supplies needed:

  • Water
  • Gatorade
  • Big black trash bags
  • Pet food – small bags
  • Work gloves
  • Latex gloves for cleaning
  • Bug spray
  • Plastic bins
  • Small first aid kits
  • OTC medicine – Aspirin, Benadryl
  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Hygiene items
  • Tarps
  • Buckets
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Clorox wipes
  • Bleach
  • Paper towels
  • School supplies
  • Car seats
  • New school clothes
  • Gift cards – Amazon, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s

The State Farm office in Bartonville Town Center is collecting supplies to take down this weekend:

Denton County State Representative Tan Parker is be using his District offices for donation drop-offs. All four county representatives are personally renting a U-Haul and will ensure the donations get to the shelters in Houston. Here are the supplies most needed right now:

Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, soap)
Bottled water
Individually packed foods

You can drop off supplies now through 3 p.m. on Friday, September 1, at:

Rep. Tan Parker
800 Parker Square #245
Bldg 800
Flower Mound, TX 75028

The Town of Flower Mound is working cooperatively to provide assistance with personnel and several pieces of equipment. Town officials have been advised the fastest and easiest way you can help right now is through a financial donation to your charity of choice, such as the American Red CrossThe Salvation Army USANorth Texas Food BankTrusted WorldAustin Pets Alive! and other reputable charities. This list is definitely not inclusive.

Trusted World, a nonprofit based in Allen, is also collecting donations. You can drop off items at 15660 Dallas Parkway in Dallas from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Trusted World is seeking the following supplies:

  • New underwear and socks (all sizes)
  • Non-perishable food
  • Toiletries
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Baby diapers, wipes and formula

Now through Sept. 11 Market Street customers can support the relief effort underway from the American Red Cross by adding a financial contribution of $1 or more to their bill during checkout.

Moviehouse & Eatery Flower Mound is donating 5 percent of ticket sales this weekend to Austin Disaster Relief Network, and the theater is accepting donated items.

You can also help by texting “HARVEY” to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross’ efforts in Houston.

You can also donate to The Salvation Army. Text STORM to 51555, visit helpsalvationarmy.org, or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

Here are some more ways to help.

Want to add anything to this list? Please email us.

Mark Smith
Mark Smith is the Digital Editor of The Cross Timbers Gazette.

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