HOUSTON – Thousands in the greater Houston area were impacted by Tropical Depression Imelda. Many have had to evacuate their homes, and some have lost everything.
Here are different ways you can help those affected:
Imelda Assistance Fund
The Imelda Assistance Fund was established to meet the needs of those who have suffered damage during Tropical Storm Imelda and is currently taking donations online via the donations link on ReadyHarris.org. The fund was created in cooperation with the Greater Houston Community Foundation, an organization with deep knowledge of the community and expertise in disaster relief charitable work.
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, City of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale are urging residents to support this Imelda recovery effort.
"It is being run by the Greater Houston Community Foundation, and they will be vetting all applications accounting for every dollar donated and every dollar spent. So that's what we are establishing here, and we are asking everyone to support that fund," Hidalgo said.
Officials said there is at least $250,000 in the fund after H-E-B made a $150,000 donation and an anonymous donor gave $100,000.
Mutual Aid Disaster Relief
This grassroots organization is dedicated to helping clean up affected communities by assisting with supplies and work crews following natural disasters.
It provides a space where those who are coming to Houston from out of town to help can drop off gear, store their cleaning supplies, shower, have a meal and take a nap.
The organization is accepting the following donations at 2107 Lexford Lane:
- Dry and canned pet food
- Clean clothing
- New underwear/socks
- Gently worn shoes
- Household use medical supplies
- Unexpired over-the-counter medications in sealed manufacturers packages
- Insulin syringes
You can also contribute financially through its PayPal account.
Phone number: (713) 208-6178
The Ranch Harley-Davidson
The Houston Harley-Davidson dealership is collecting the following donations at 4101 State Highway 6 South:
- Canned foods
- Nonperishable Foods
- Baby food, diapers, formula, wipes, bottles, etc.
- Bathroom toiletries (deodorant, soap, shampoo, toothbrush/paste, etc.)
- First-aid supplies
- Cleaning supplies
- Trash bags
Phone number: (979) 690-1669
The company is working with homeowners by offering free housing from Sept. 19 through Oct. 11 to help those who were displaced and to relief workers who were deployed.
Click here to sign up your home.
Austin Diaper Bank
This nonprofit organization has been providing clean diapers to families in Central Texas for a healthy and comfortable quality of life since 2013.
Church World Service
CWS is a nonprofit organization that has been working in international emergency response since 1946. Its mission is to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, heal the sick, comfort the aged and shelter the homeless.
To help those in Texas, CWS is sending emergency cleanup buckets, blankets, hygiene kits and school kits.
You can help financially by donating here.