How You Can Help Texas
Feb 17, 2021
As millions of people in Texas face freezing temperatures and power outages due to an unprecedented days-long winter storm, many people are looking for ways they can help out. Here are several ways you can support Texans, either by donating money and other items or sharing helpful resources online:
Here’s where you can donate money and other critical resources:
The Austin Area Urban League is hosting an emergency donation drive in order to provide shelter, food, water, clothing, and other aid to those in need. Donate here.
Austin Mutual Aid is raising funds through a GoFundMe campaign to provide food, water, toiletries, medical supplies, and shelter to those in need. Donate here.
Austin Pets Alive! is seeking donations to purchase items such as blankets, towels, tarps, space heaters, and dog beds to help keep shelter animals warm. Donate here.
Feed the People Dallas is providing blankets, sleeping bags, tents, jackets, socks, gloves, hand warmers, and other critical items to Black and POC communities throughout the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area. Donate here.
Front Steps is collecting blankets to distribute to people in Austin. You can order blankets online and have them shipped directly to their shelter. Find more information and shop for blankets here.
SEARCH Homeless Services is distributing protective cold-weather gear and transporting people in Houston to warming centers. Donate here.
Sunrise Homeless Navigation Center in Austin has set up an Amazon wishlist for their most needed supplies. Simply add the items you wish to send them in your cart, and Amazon will ship them directly to the Center. Shop for items on Amazon here.
Here are helpful resources you can share on social media:
American Red Cross has a list of open shelters, as well as other helpful information and additional ways to donate.
The Austin American-Statesman has tips for conserving power during the winter storm.
Feeding Texas has a list of food banks searchable by zip code.
KXAN, Austin’s NBC affiliate station, has tips to stay warm without power.
The Texas Department of State Health Services has important information on the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.
The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) has a map of all the warming centers around the state.
Texans can dial 2-1-1 or visit 211texas.org to get in touch with Texas Health and Human Services, who can connect those in need with food, shelter, and mental health services.
Share this blog post and encourage others to donate what they can and share these important resources to help Texans during these difficult times.
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