(WALB) - You can be a helping hand as areas across the Gulf Coast are struggling through the effects of Hurricane Harvey.
In January, destructive storms tore through parts of Southwest Georgia, but help came in the form of volunteers, donations and the kindness of strangers. Now it's our turn. Here's how you can help from right where you are.
Always be sure if you donate money, verify that it is a legitimate source that will get your donation into the hands of those who need it. Also, be sure that what you're donating are items that are needed. There are some things people are being asked not to donate.
- Donating blood: Find out when OneBlood will be coming through your area next on the OneBlood website. You can also find out when and where the American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive near you on the American Red Cross website.
- Donating money:
- The American Red Cross is accepting donations on its website, by calling 1-800-HELP-NOW (1-800-435-7669) or texting HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10.
- Donations can be made to The Salvation Army online, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) or texting STORM to 51555
- You can also make donations to United Way's Harvey relief efforts.
- GoFundMe has created a page with all of its Harvey-related campaigns.
Second Harvest donated 2,000 cases of water, which are already on the way.
Second Harvest is also collecting donations to send relief boxes to the storm victims. You can sponsor a relief box for $20.
Donating supplies aren't needed as much at this time in the recovery effort, and monetary donations can make the largest impact in the immediate aftermath.
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