It’s been heartwrenching to see images of those who have lost so much during recent extreme weather here in Central Texas. For those of you who want to help lend a hand, here are some things you can do:
Donate to the Red Cross. During a crisis, what organizations need the most is financial contributions, which they can put to work immediately to help those in need. To help people affected by these storms and other disasters big and small, donate at RedCross.org, call 1-800-REDCROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999. All Red Cross services are free and available to everyone. Anyone affected by this weekend’s storms and needing assistance is highly encouraged to reach out to the Red Cross by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.
Volunteer for the Austin Disaster Relief Network. As of noon on Tuesday, May 26th, the ADRN announced on its Facebook page that it will begin receiving in-kind donations to help families impacted by the flooding. Volunteers will be needed to work at the warehouse to help distributing donations. Check the Facebook page for updates.
Foster an animal for Austin Pets Alive! Thankfully, many Austinites have stepped up to help when floodwaters made it into the Town Lake Animal Center with donations of towels. APA still needs help finding temporary homes for dogs and cats until the organization gets back to normal operations. Sign up to foster an animal here.
Purchase canned food to the Hays County Food Bank. See a list of items and drop off locations on the organization’s website.
Help the homeless. Many temporary shelters set up by Austin’s homeless population were washed away in the storms. Mobile Leaves & Fishes is taking donations of dry socks, t-shirts, sleeping bags and shoes to distribute to the homeless.
Clean up Shoal Creek. The Pease Park Conservancy is organizing a cleanup at the Park on Saturday, May 30th from 9am until noon. Check out the GivePulse Page to RSVP.