The best ways to help the victims of Harvey


As images and stories of the devastation from Harvey continue to reach us from Southeast Texas, it’s hard not to feel a little bit helpless knowing our fellow Americans are suffering. Since most of us aren’t in a position to assist with rescue efforts directly, the next best thing is to give what we can to the organizations that exist to provide aid in times like these.

Where to give if you want to lend a hand to Texas storm victims

Clark says that if you want to make sure your money is going to the right places, you should donate to the Salvation Army, Red Cross, or — if you want to donate directly to the people of Houston — the United Way of Houston.

How to donate to the Salvation Army

Online: Click here

By text: Text STORM to 51555

By mail:

The Salvation Army
PO BOX 1959
Atlanta, GA 30301  

(Please designate Hurricane Harvey on all checks.)

By phone: Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY

Get updates on Salvation Army relief efforts here.

How to donate to the American Red Cross

Online: Click here


By text: Text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation

By mail:

Print this donation form and mail to:

American Red Cross
PO Box 37839
Boone, IA 50037-0839

By phone: Call 1-800-HELP-NOW

How to donate to United Way of Houston

Online: Click here

By text: Text UWFLOOD to 41444

By mail:

United Way of Houston

50 Waugh Drive
Houston, Texas 77007


By phone: Call 713-685-2100

Slate also has rounded up some organizations in the Houston are that are in need of help, and instructions on how to donate to them.

Read more: Helping Texas storm victims: Make sure you know where your donation is going

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