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How you can help hurricane victims

Lake Patrol officers with the Houston Fire Department use a boat to rescue people trapped by floodwaters. (Source: Houston Police Department/CNN) Lake Patrol officers with the Houston Fire Department use a boat to rescue people trapped by floodwaters. (Source: Houston Police Department/CNN)
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Several feet of rain have fallen in southeast Texas, flooding many major cities and causing extensive devastation.

Many are asking what they can do to help.

[PHOTOS: Slow-moving Harvey brings catastrophic flooding to Texas]

One way to give financial resources and find other areas of need is the American Red Cross. To access their website, click here.

The Red Cross is one of several established charities who are taking donations via text:

  • American Red Cross. To make a financial donation, visit the their website, call 1.800.RED CROSS or text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation for those in need.
  • Catholic Charities of USA. To make a financial donation, visit CCUSA's disaster-specific website or text 71777 to make a donation.
  • Global Giving. To make a financial donation, visit their website or text HARVEY to 80100 to donate $10 to Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.
  • Salvation Army. To make a financial donation, visit www.helpsalvationarmy.org, call 1.800.SAL ARMY, or text STORM to 51555.

The flooding is also impacting the nation’s blood supply. Hoxworth Blood Center is urging eligible donors, especially those with type O positive blood, to make and keep donation appointments as soon as possible.

Local officials are holding two "Zero to Hero" courses for Cincinnatians who want to travel with them to help with disaster relief. Those will be next Wednesday and Thursday at the Red Cross offices on Dana Avenue. They are free to attend, but you do have to register by calling 513-579-3000.

Matthew 25: Ministries is also sending a team this week. On Sunday, they said they're prepped and loaded, and the Disaster Response Team is on standby. 

They are accepting the following for disaster relief:

  • Monetary Donations: Donate online, mail checks to Matthew 25: Ministries, 11060 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242
  • Non-Perishable Food: PULL TOP canned vegetables, fruits etc.; ready to eat dry goods such as nuts, peanut butter, dried fruits, granola and trail mixes, jerkies, ready to eat snacks; bottled water; ready- to-eat meals or MREs etc.
  • Personal Care Products: Antibacterial soap, hand sanitizer, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, body wash, deodorant, lotion etc.
  • Cleaning supplies: Laundry detergents, general cleaner, sponges, bleach (powdered form is preferred), mops, scrub brushes, buckets, rubber gloves etc.
  • Paper products: Toilet paper, paper towels etc.
  • Baby and infant supplies: Diapers, wipes, diaper rash ointment, baby wash, baby shampoo, baby lotion etc.
  • First-Aid items: Bandages, gauze, pads, first aid tape, antiseptic creams, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, latex gloves, instant cold packs etc.
  • New and gently used clothing; new underwear and socks in original packaging

You can also donate money. You can donate online or mail checks to Matthew 25: Ministries, 11060 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242.

Fairfield West Baptist Church is partnering with Matthew 25 Ministries as a designated  drop off site to collect Hurricane Relief items for Houston and the surrounding area. The items listed above may be dropped off at 5345 Muskopf Road, Fairfield, OH over the Labor Day Weekend at the following times:

Friday, September 1 - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, September 2 - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, September 3 - Noon to 6 p.m.

Monday, September 4 - 9 a.m. 2 p.m.

As much as 40-50 inches are still expected to fall in some areas of Texas in the coming days.

You can also donate through a fund created by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

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