VIDEO: How you can help victims of Hurricane Harvey

 

(KRON) – The American Red Cross is hoping for your help in their Operation Helping Hand program.

The Red Cross is raising funds for disaster relief in Texas after Hurricane Harvey made landfall and caused catastrophic flooding, forcing thousands of people from their homes.

To help the victims of the disaster, you can text the word HARVEY to 90-999 to make a $10 donation. You can also make donations online at RedCross.org, or by phone at 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Hurricane Harvey Red Cross Donations

From 10 p.m. Saturday to 1 p.m. Sunday, Houston 911 received over 56,000 calls. During an average day, they usually handle about 8,000, according to the Office of Emergency Management in Houston.

And as of Sunday, more than 1,800 people took refuge from the deadly storm Saturday night in 34 Red Cross and community shelters in Texas, and truck loads of supplies are being distributed and volunteers being put in place.

Last year, Operation Helping Hand raised more than $125,000 for victims of the Tennessee wildfires and Hurricane Matthew.

Here is a statement from San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee on how to help:

“As the heartbreaking destruction from Hurricane Harvey continues to unfold, the people of San Francisco are ready to act and support our fellow Americans in their time of need. San Francisco is a city painfully familiar with natural disasters, so when we witness these events take place, we feel a special obligation to help.

Today, I am calling on the entire San Francisco community—our private residents, corporate partners and philanthropic organizations—to donate to the Greater Houston Community Foundation and the Houston Independent School District Foundation. Donations can be made at http://www.ghcf.org and http://www.houstonisd.org and will help purchase clothing and school supplies for students, professional attire for school staff and miscellaneous expenses such as food vouchers and public transit passes, among other urgent response needs. A donation of any kind will be critical to helping Houston families get back on their feet following this tragedy.

This past weekend, we saw our city come together in the spirt of unity and compassion. We will continue that powerful display of compassion by helping our fellow Americans in Houston.

During an event like this, it is important to remind our own residents to have an emergency plan in place and disaster supply kits in their home. For more information on how to be ready for the next major event, our residents can visit http://www.sf72.org.”

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