[image-1]Last fall, when Hurricane Matthew hit South Carolina, leaving downed trees, massive flooding, and hundreds of thousands without power in its wake, veteran volunteers from the lone star state traveled to the Midlands to provide assistance. The team of 18 supplied Holly Hill, SC with 5,000 free meals, and helped to cut up trees knocked down by heavy winds.

Now, with the “unprecedented” havoc being wreaked on Houston and Corpus Christi from Hurricane Harvey, it’s your chance to help the citizens of Texas. Here’s how:

The American Red Cross Palmetto South Carolina region has sent 48 volunteers as well as three emergency vehicles to areas affected by the hurricane. You can donate specifically to the Hurricane Harvey relief fund here using PayPal or a credit/debit card.

The Salvation Army, on the ground in South Texas, is asking for donations. Within the past 24 hours they have run out of food, and refills are going quickly — donate by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by visiting helpsalvationarmy.org.

The Charleston Animal Society is prepping staff to deploy to Texas. Charleston Animal Society CEO Joe Elmore said, “We were contacted Friday by the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators to be on standby for water rescue, animal care and animal evacuation. When Hurricane Matthew threatened Charleston, numerous agencies came to the aid of animals in the Lowcountry. Now it is our turn to lend a helping hand.” You can donate to the animal society here.

The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD) an association of organizations that “mitigate and alleviate the impact of disasters, provides a forum promoting cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration; and fosters more effective delivery of services to communities affected by disaster” allows you to donate to Texas VOAD members as well as national members. There are separate forms that may be filled out by individuals or businesses.

The Houston Press has compiled a list of food banks; call the food banks (numbers are listed) and see how best you can donate.

Fleet Feet Sports is accepting donations of new or gently used running shoes and new socks to send to the Fleet Feet stores in Texas. Fleet Feet is located at 881 Houston Northcutt Blvd. in Mt. Pleasant and 117 E Richardson Avenue in Summerville.

On Wednesday, 8/30/17, 50 percent of Melvin’s BBQ sales will go to the Red Cross’ Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Both Charleston locations (548 Folly Road, James Island and 925 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Mt. Pleasant) are participating.

Over the course of the next three games, the Charleston RiverDogs are asking fans to help with Hurricane Harvey relief. Fans can purchase raffle tickets to win game-used and signed memorabilia from RiverDogs players, with proceeds from the raffle going to the MILB Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. There will also be donation jars at every concession stand. MILB charities will match all donations raised over the course of the three days up to $10,000.

Locomotion Fitness in North Charleston is collecting diapers (all sizes, babies and seniors), wipes, formula (Similac and Enfamil are the big ones being requested), and baby clothing. If you’d rather mail the supplies, you can send directly to Texas Diaper Bank: 5415 Bandera Rd. Suite 504, San Antonia, TX 78238. Call (210) 731-8118 or email ihelp@texasdiaperbank.org with questions.

Paisano’s is holding an open donation for anyone who wants to help those affected by the hurricane. Donations will be open in both stores (1246 Camp Road and 1798 Ashley River Road) for one week; owners Nick and Mark will match every dollar raised. All proceeds will go to the American Red Cross.

The Shelter Kitchen + Bar is collecting dry and canned goods, water, and clean blankets and clothes through Thurs. Aug 31 until 6 p.m.

There will be a Sparrow/Park Circle Cares fundraiser Sat. Sept. 2 from 3 to 9 p.m. They will be choosing Houston area charities and patrons can direct their gift to their favorite cause.  

If you know of any other organizations that are helping those affected by Hurricane Harvey, email maryscott@charlestoncitypaper.com.