Hurricane Dorian relief efforts: Here are several great ways Houstonians can help

After devastating thousands of lives in the Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian continues to slowly move up the eastern coast of the United States toward the Carolinas. In response, Houstonians across the city have band together to assist with relief efforts through volunteerism and various donations, including cash.

We have complied this news bulletin of Dorian relief efforts throughout the Greater Houston area for those local residents motivated to join the relief effort.

 

 

Grassroots movement raises more than $1 million for Hurricane Dorian relief in the Bahamas

What started as a small group of people on Facebook, HeadKnowles is a Bahamian-led natural disaster relief organization that formed after Hurricanes Joaquin back in 2015. This grassroots movement also helped thousands of individuals during hurricanes Michael and Matthew— founders Lia Head and Gina Knowles have collected more than $4 million to date!

“Victims need food, water and other essential supplies to survive during this time,” Knowles said in a GoFundMe message. “We need building materials and gas for the planes and boats that are transporting supplies to the islands, in order to help put their lives back together. We cannot do any of this without monetary funds to support our efforts.”

Knowles said funds will go directly to purchasing essential supplies and the organization will provide its donors with financial statements to account for every dollar donated.

HeadKnowles is also requesting donations of the following items through the organization’s Amazon Wishlist:

  • Generators
  • Tarps
  • Chainsaws
  • Portable stoves
  • Butane canisters
  • Air mattresses
  • Liquid baby formula
  • Diapers
  • Wet Wipes
  • Toiletries (including female sanitary products)
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Water filtration devices
  • Matches

The group has already raise more than $1 million to aid Hurricane Dorian survivors through its GoFundMe page.

Click here to contribute.

 

 

Katy fire station, local businesses partner up to collect Dorian relief donations and funds

KATY, TEXAS  — The West I-10 Volunteer Fire Department has partnered several local business and nonprofit organizations to assist hurricane victims in the Bahamas, according to Covering Katy News.

The fire station is collecting the following items:

  • Any Baby Items
  • Hygiene Products/Water
  • Any First Aid Products
  • Pet Supplies
  • Buckets
  • Heavy Duty Rubber Work Gloves
  • Tents/EZ Ups
  • Sleeping Cots/Air Mattresses
  • Canned food and non-perishable food (Pasta, Rice and Beans)

The hours of operation will be daily from noon until 6 p.m. at the fire station located at 22125 Kingsland Boulevard, a short distance west of Mason Road.

Click here to make cash donations toward Dorian relief efforts through Supply Bridge Ministries, one of many organizations collaborating with the effort.

NBD Graphics, Forthright Construction, Cresa, Camp Bow Wow-Katy, Katy Responds, Eurmove, Christian Business Fellowship Association and Rhinestone Marketing are among the other organizations contributing.

 

City of Houston seeks donations, volunteers to help with Hurricane Dorian Relief supplies

HOUSTON (CITY OF HOUSTON) — As people start recovering from the massive destruction and heartbreaking loss of life in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is asking Houstonians to donate relief supplies to assist those in need.    

“Houston still remembers when communities across the country came to our assistance after Harvey and we want to continue to pay it forward. Therefore, I am asking those who can donate to help with this effort. We will continue to show the world that we are Houston Strong, and Houstonians have big hearts,” Turner said.

ITEMS NEEDED

  • Cleaning supplies (especially with bleach)
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Nonperishable food
  • Bottled water
  • Pet food and supplies
  • Buckets
  • Trash Bags
  • Backpacks
  • Mops
  • Brushes
  • School Supplies
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Masks
  • Push brooms
  • Squeegees
  • Pillows/Bedding
  • Tarps
  • Car Seats
  • Baby Formula
  • Diapers
  • Paper Towels

DROP OFF LOCATION FOR DONATED ITEMS

Helping Hands to the Community

600 Kenrick Dr.  Ste. C-16

Houston, TX 77060

Monday – Friday 9 a.m – 5 p.m

In addition to donations, Helping Hands requests volunteers to assist with coordination, sorting, and loading of donations. If you can volunteer, please contact Renea Gray via email at grayr85@yahoo.com  with the day and time you can help.

Volunteer shifts will be 10 a.m. -2 p.m. and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Click here to make financial contributions directly to the Bahamas Relief Fund.

If you have any questions regarding donations or volunteering, the city asks that you contact Gray via email at grayr85@yahoo.com or by phone at 832-992-5341.

Please return periodically for more updates.

Hosting a supplies drive, seeking volunteers or running fundraising campaign to aid Hurricane Dorian relief efforts, please contact the web department at news@cw39.com.

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