How you can help Harvey and Irma survivors

The American Red Cross serving Central Texas opened a shelter to flood victims at Parker Lane United Methodist Church Sunday, May 29, 2016._453307

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Thousands of those affected by the hurricanes are dealing with the immediate destruction, but recovery efforts could take months. Across the country, many spared from damage may want to help.

You can donate to the Red Cross by going to its website, calling 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669) or texting “HARVEY” or “IRMA” to 90999 to donate $10. The money goes toward recovery efforts.

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Donate to the Red Cross online here.

If you’d like to help in your community, find your local chapter of the Red Cross online and ask what you can do to support its work. Some may not be prepared to accept donations or coordinate volunteer efforts, so check first before taking action.

The city of Houston has also established a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. People can donate online at, or send checks or money orders to Greater Houston Community Foundation, 5120 Woodway Drive, Suite 6000, Houston, TX 77056.

“We are getting calls from across the country and right here in our hometown, and the generosity of people who understand this disaster is truly amazing,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “Together we can make a difference to those who will need extensive help to get back on their feet once this storm is over.”

The Buffalo Teachers Federation is partnering with the American Red Cross in relief efforts.

Monetary gifts can be brought to the school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. After that, gifts can be mailed to this address:

Buffalo Teachers Federation

Houston Relief

271 Porter Ave.

Buffalo, N.Y. 14201

Checks can be made to American Red Cross – Houston Disaster Relief.

Fleet Feet Sports is collecting new or gently-used running shoes and socks at their 2290 Delaware Ave. location.

The store is asking donors to follow these steps before donating:

  • Tie the shoes in pairs with their laces
  • Mark on the back heels the gender and size of the shoes — for example: M12 (Men’s Size 12), W9 (Women’s Size 9)
  • Pair socks together

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