Three Ways to Help Texas Residents Affected by Winter Storms
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Looking for a way to help those in Texas?
Winter storms have left millions of Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia residents without power and some without water according to the Red Cross.
While federal and state level emergency plans have been put into place, there are a few ways you can help out too! Whether you know someone who lives in one of these states or just want to lend a hand, we have a few ways to do just that.
Our hearts are with all of those who have been affected by the winter storms! Some of our very own team members have experienced the power outages and loss of water and we’re keeping all of you in our thoughts! – The Hip Team
Make A Monetary Donation
One of the easiest ways to help out from afar is to make a donation and then organizations are able to put your money to work in the areas and ways it’s needed most. Plus, be sure to keep receipts if you intend to claim monetary donations on your tax return.
- Visit the American Red Cross or you can also call 1-800-REDCROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation for those in need.
- Donate to the Salvation Army here.
- The organization in Dallas, Our Time is providing shelter for residents in the Dallas, Texas area. You can donate to their cause here.
- Local food banks are in need of donations and you can donate to them through FeedingTexas.org
- Mercy Chefs is helping feed those in need through grocery boxes and community kitchens as well as providing clean water, generators and more! You can donate and learn more about their mission here.
Live in or near Texas and are able to help out? Donate your time!
Many residents that have been without power have had pipes burst in their homes, as well as suffered damage from freezing temperatures and snow. These organizations help you lend a hand…
- CrowdSource Rescue offers you the chance to sign up if you’re needing help or help someone who is in need.
- San Antonio County Residents are needed to help the South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless – note that they are also providing shelter if you are in need.
- Airbnb offers an OpenHome program that lets you sign up to allow those in need to stay in your home, apartment or any residence you have available while they need a place to stay. Head here to learn more.
The Red Cross is asking individuals who are healthy and able to, especially those with O-type blood to make a blood donation. Thousands of scheduled blood drives were cancelled due to the storms and donations are needed.
You can schedule an appointment by downloading the free Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.