Tens of thousands of Houston-area residents have been displaced by flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, and now New Orleans is in Harvey’s crosshairs.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has deployed 1,800 personnel to help, including 900 search-and-rescue workers, along with 341 people from the Department of Homeland Security, according to the Washington Post. Two American Red Cross volunteers from Idaho have been deployed to Houston.
What can the rest of us do? We’ve found a few ways — and we’ll be updating this list as we hear about more ways to help.
Benefit at Roaring Springs
The event is being presented by Barefoot Media Ministries’ Project 88.7 and 89.5 KTSY. Featured artists are Reach Recording EDM/Pop artist GAWVI and Nampa’s J-Flight.
All proceeds will go to relief efforts for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Tickets are $20 for the concert and most Roaring Springs rides. Groups of 10 or more are $15 each. Buy tickets online here.
▪ Fleet Feet Sports Meridian is collecting gently-used running shoes and new socks to send to Houston.
Store staff ask that donated shoes be dropped off by Friday at the store at The Village at Meridian, 3573 E. Longwing Lane, Suite 105.
▪ The Boise Hawks have come up with four things their fans can do to help flood victims.
“It’s unfortunate to see so many lives disrupted from this massive storm,” said Bob Flannery, the Hawks’ general manager. “By using our game of baseball and the community it creates, we will be able to do some good for those who need our assistance right now.”
1. Online ticket fundraiser: From noon Tuesday, Aug. 29 to noon Aug. 30, all first base reserved seat tickets for the remaining three games will be reduced to $5 online at BoiseHawks.com. The proceeds from the reduced-priced tickets purchased online will be donated to American Red Cross - Disaster Relief Fund.
2. Cash donation table: At each of the remaining three games, the Hawks will have a table set up for cash donations to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
3. Jersey raffle: At the Friday, Sept. 1 game, the Hawks will raffle a game-worn jersey. Raffle tickets are $1 and can be purchased at guest services until the sixth inning. Proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
4. Autographed bat raffle. At the Sunday, Sept. 3 game, the Hawks will raffle a bat signed by the team. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at guest services until the sixth inning. Proceeds from the bat raffle will be donated to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
▪ Donate to the American Red Cross online here, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief, which helps people affected by disasters such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, wildfires and tornadoes. Mail donations to: American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037-0839.
▪ Donate to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, set up by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. Go to this link to donate online.
▪ Donate money but don’t become a victim. Click here for some tips on how to avoid scammers preying those donating to charities that help flood victims.
Help displaced pets
After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Idaho Humane Society took in more than 50 dogs — and found them new homes.
Last week, the Boise shelter took in 50 dogs from San Antonio Pets Alive, a transfer that had been planned for weeks, IHS spokeswoman Allison Maier said. The San Antonio shelter is now taking in animals displaced by flooding, so IHS may be getting more dogs from that area in the coming weeks.
Donate online to the Houston SPCA by clicking here. Mail checks to: 900 Portway Drive, Houston, TX 77024.
This is a running list. Please send us information about any other efforts you’re aware of to help flood victims in Texas and Louisiana.