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How San Diegans can help Hurricane Harvey victims

Mass devastation in Texas as Harvey drenches southeastern part of the state.
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Hurricane Harvey has wreaked havoc on the state of Texas, leaving an estimated 30,000 people without homes. Assistance has already left San Diego to help the victims of the storm, but many wonder how they can help.

One thing that San Diegans can do is donate to the American Red Cross or Salvation Army.

Hurricane Harvey came ashore in Texas in the early morning hours on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017. It struck hard, with winds and rain devastating thousands who lost their homes and belongings. Record-breaking floods have poured into several Texas cities; many are without power and access to clean water. Please join this station and its parent company, E.W. Scripps, in taking action for Texas and giving money to the American Red Cross. Your donation will aid rescue and relief efforts and provide first aid supplies, clean water, food and more.

East Texas rivers are estimated to rise even further later this week, and there is a lot more precipitation on the way. Forecasters are predicting that the rain will increase water levels by another two to three and in some areas 40 to 50 more inches along the upper coast.

"This is a dangerous storm and the next few days are going to challenge everyone along the Gulf Coast. This is the time for folks to come together to support one another," said Brad Kieserman, vice president of Disaster Services Operations and Logistics for the Red Cross. "We are launching our largest hurricane relief effort in years, and with the help of our partners, we are ready to shelter thousands of people."

The Salvation Army is currently getting food and water to victims in mobile kitchens.

“Trained Salvation Army staff and volunteers will be ready with a hot meal, a snack and a cup of coffee or bottled water for first responders and survivors,” said Alvin Migues, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army in Texas. “Salvation Army Officers, who are ordained ministers will counsel and pray with survivors and first responders. This ministry continues to be an integral part of Salvation Army disaster service.”

To donate to the Red Cross, text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. The Red Cross is also accepting contributions to its website

The Salvation Army is accepting donations through its website, or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, of VOAD, is seeking volunteers for future hurricane response. Go here to get more information on helping the National VOAD.

Also, there are people in the San Diego LGBT community with family members who live in parts of Texas affected by the hurricane. If you know who they are you can reach out to them to offer help or support as well.