Christie Sends Help to Texas for Hurricane Harvey – Here’s How You Can Help
If you've watched to news or been on social media this weekend you would have seen the devastation from Hurricane Harvey in Texas.
Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and is still causing unimaginable destruction. The rain is still pouring down and will throughout the next few days. Bayous, rivers, and other water ways are flooded over. Roadways and home are under feet of water.
On Sunday, Governor Chris Christie announced he would be sending aid to Texas via Task Force 1. Task Force 1 is a group made up of police, emergency service workers, and firefighters.
In a statement Christie said:
"As Americans, we come together during times of crisis and today New Jersey’s heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the people of Texas at this very difficult time. During superstorm Sandy, emergency and law enforcement response contingents from around the country came to our aid.''
The New Jersey team was originally sent out to San Antonio, Texas, however they are now going to Katy, Texas as a result of the impassible road conditions in San Antonio.
With all eyes on Texas and the growing desire to help fellow Americans, how can you help?
Of course the Red Cross has multiple methods to donate to rescue efforts and assist all those that are affected.
You can donate right from your phone by texting the word "HARVEY" to 90999 to make a $10 donation. They have a number you can call to donate as well: 1-800-Red-Cross. You can also visit their website RedCross.org.
During this time they are also reminding everyone just how important donating blood is.
Of course there are many other ways to donate and help.
Houston Texans' defensive end JJ Watt has set up a Houston Flood Relief Fund. The goal set is $500,000, currently the fund is just under $400,000.
Catholic Charities has a text donation setup by texting "CCUSADISASTER" to 71777. You can also donate via their website.
The Salvation Army has set up a donation page on their website as well as links to updates on relief efforts in Texas.
FEMA is encouraging everyone to check out the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. Their website is accepting monetary donations as well as a volunteer sign up.
The Greater Houston Community Foundation has a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund set up by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. They have multiple ways to send donations to the Houston area on the site.
GoFundMe has dedicated a page to all of the campaigns that are designated for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
The United Way has a text to donate active by texting "UWFLOOD" to 41444.
Of course there are many charities accepting donations to aid in the efforts in Texas. Please do some research on the charity before you donate to make sure the money is going to the right place.