Millions of Texans have been adversely affected by the winter storm. We're thankful for the organizations helping our communities recover and hope you are safe and warm as the cold weather continues into the weekend. If you are able, here at the Harris County Democratic Party, we have put together a list of ways you can help others in this time of need.
Volunteer or Give to the Houston Food Bank
Volunteers and donations are needed because the winter storm has boosted demand for food from the Houston Food Bank. The group has extended its reach beyond traditionally food-insecure individuals to anyone who needs help because of the storm. With the country still in disaster mode due to Covid-19, resources are stretched thin, and right now, volunteers are most needed. The food bank also needs bottled water; ready-to-eat foods like soup, canned pasta and canned protein; granola bars and cereal; and bread.
Donate Blood with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center
The severe winter weather in Texas has caused planned blood drives to be cancelled, impacting blood, platelet and convalescent plasma donations this month. We encourage you to give blood if you can safely travel to a donation site. Blood cannot be manufactured. It must be voluntarily given by one person to be transfused into another and is an ongoing need.
Help the Houston Homeless Population
The Coalition for the Homeless is working with local governmental entities to advocate on behalf of people experiencing homelessness to ensure their needs are being considered as the cold front impacts our region.
Support the Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is providing 24/7 warming centers throughout Texas offering a safe and warm environment with food distribution and shelter during the historically low temperatures and statewide power outages.
Assist with a Hot Meal
Lucille's 1913 Community Kitchen is preparing and distributing meals in the Houston area.
Facilitate Disaster Relief
Beyonce and her BeyGOOD Foundation are partnering with Bread of Life and Adidas to provide disaster relief. The Bread of Life Disaster Relief Assistance Fund offers "one-time financial assistance to those who've experienced a sudden or emergency-related financial hardship due to an unforeseen or unavoidable event."
Participate in a Supply Drive
The Cajun Navy + Cajun Commissary have partnered with Gallery Furniture to organize a supply drive and distribution to the community in response to the recent winter storm. They are asking for bottled water, non-perishable food and blankets.
Before You Donate
Make sure to research any organization on trusted sites like Charity Navigator and GuideStar, which rate nonprofits based on their effectiveness and financial condition. These sites can also show whether the organization’s goals and practices align with your values and beliefs.
The Internal Revenue Service’s database can tell you if the organization is eligible to receive tax-deductible donations.
After disasters like crippling storms, there is often an increase in fraudulent activity. If you suspect an organization or person may be committing fraud, you can report it to the National Center for Disaster Fraud.