How to Help Those Impacted by Hurricane Ida
Our hearts are with all impacted by Hurricane Ida, one of the strongest storms to ever hit the U.S. Locally, Gallery Furniture and Lakewood Church are hosting evacuees in need of a place to stay. Houston CenterPoint crews are heading to Louisiana; FEMA reports more than a million power outages there and in Mississippi.
Here’s a list of some ways we can help our neighbors impacted by the disastrous storm:
Axelrad's Hurricane Ida Relief Concerts
Axelrad Beer Garden is hosting a series of concerts to raise funds for Hurricane Ida relief efforts. The shows are free and a portion of each evening’s sales will go toward relief efforts.
Bread of Life Hurricane Ida Relief Distribution
On Sat., Sept. 4, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Bread of Life is hosting a Food and Supply Distribution for families who have been displaced by Hurricane Ida. Find details about how to volunteer with Bread of Life here and donate here.
Houston-based youth shelter Covenant House Texas is helping to relocate and house 60 youth from Covenant House New Orleans. To support these youth, the organization is requesting: cots; personal hygiene kits (toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, combs, brushes, nail clippers, soap, shampoo, conditioner; digital thermometers; N95 masks; laundry detergent; towels and washcloths; pillow cases; twin sheet sets; blankets; snacks; bottled water; men's boxer briefs (all sizes, any color); t-shirts (all sizes, any color). Or make monetary donations here.
Texas disaster response nonprofit CrowdSource Rescue is activating to help those in need and are accepting requests for assistance and volunteers who can help. If you’re able to help, click here and choose I Can Help. If you’d like to donate, click here.
The Gallery Furniture Flood Truck is heading to Louisiana to help. Gallery Furniture is accepting donations at Gallery Furniture (6006 N. Freeway) for the following items: non-perishable food; bottled water; diapers; pet foot; toiletries (soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, hairbrushes, shampoo, feminine care products), books, games, puzzles and activities for families with children; socks. If you’d like to volunteer, fill out this form to be added to their list.
Houston Food Bank
Houston Food Bank urgently needs volunteers to help build disaster boxes for those affected by Hurricane Ida. Individuals or groups can register online and find any open shifts here.
Houston Humane Society & Barkley's Fundraiser
After evacuating nearly 100 shelter pets in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, Houston Humane Society is partnering with Barkley’s, a Midtown patio bar featuring a dog park and craft cocktails, to host a pet food drive and fundraiser. Donations will be accepted on-site Sept. 4-5, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., and Barkley’s patrons will be able to meet Cowboy, one of the Hurricane Ida survivors available for adoption at 50 percent off. Event sponsor LALO’s Tequila will be donating $1 per drink served to Houston Humane Society, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka will be donating animal supplies and additional funds to support the shelter’s Ida rescue efforts. See Barkley's Facebook page for details. See Houston Humane Society's Hurricane Ida Animal Relief Fund.
The Houston SPCA has taken in nearly 150 dogs, cats and kittens from Louisiana and conducted a rescue transport for Austin and San Antonio over the weekend. Some are already available for new homes. Anyone interested in helping can contact [email protected].
Jewish Federation of Greater Houston
The Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center is offering temporary use of its facilities to New Orleanians including the fitness center. It will also serve as a community gathering place with access to WIFI. Contact: [email protected]. For any evacuees from New Orleans who's in need of assistance, fill out this intake form and someone from JFS will reach out with resources. If you have a garage apartment or a room in your home that you can offer to an individual or family needing a place to stay, fill out this form and JFS will contact you if there is a match. Or donate to the Hurricane Ida Relief Fund here.
Lakewood Church (3700 Southwest Fwy., Houston, TX 77027) is holding a collection drive Mon., Aug. 30 and Tues., Aug. 31, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. They're seeking the following donations: bottled water, cleaning supplies, diapers, and baby wipes.
Project HOPE's Emergency Response Team and first wave of 11 medical volunteers are providing surge support, in addition to distributing 8,000 hygiene kits (which include items like shampoo, soap, a toothbrush, deodorant, washcloth, and a first-aid kit) as well as N95 masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Donate for their Hurricane Ida emergency response here.
Texas Relief Warriors
Nonprofit Texas Relief Warriors are collecting supplies and loading trucks starting today, Aug. 30. Needs include roof tarps; roofing nails; generators; extension cords; carbon monoxide alarms; batteries; flashlights; solar lights; diapers and wipes; toilet paper; paper towels; formula; hygiene items; masks; work gloves; shovels; mold killers; gas cans; gas; coolers; chainsaws; shelf-stable food; blankets; towels; pillows; new clothes, shoes, socks; underwear. If you would like to drop off donations or volunteer, call or text 346-255-5008. See their Facebook page for updates.
Know of other ways to help? Please comment below or email [email protected], as we will continue to update this list.
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