The Winter Storm Passed but Help Is Still Needed Across Texas: Here Are 5 Ways You Can Help

Ways you can help Texas

Although the single digit temperatures have left us, the impacts of the winter storm are still here. Millions of people were without power, had dry taps, suffered burst pipes, and/or were on a Boil Water Notice. 

Financial Help

PATH (People Attempting to Help) is distributing funds and resources to those in East Texas through their Emergency Relief Fund.

Galveston Housing Authority is providing rental assistance to those who need it. 

Rent Assistance of Tyler, TX has a directory for East Texans to access for rent assistance.

Mutual Aid Houston is distributing funds throughout the Greater Houston Area.

Repair Help

West Street Recovery is working to clean out flooded homes and make other repairs.

To Help Those Who Are Homeless and/or Hungry

East Texas Food Bank is continuing drive-thru distributions in Tyler, Longview and Lufkin for the next few months.

Catholic Charities is distributing food in Galveston, Houston, and Fort Bend (Richmond).

Meals On Wheels East Texas is delivering food locally to those who need it.

The Salvation Army provides shelter and food to those in need throughout Texas.

Help those who are hungry

In conjunction with the Galveston County Food Bank, the Salvation Army of Galveston County will be hosting a drive-thru Mobile Food Distribution March 16th. Here is their calendar

Feeding Texas is donating food throughout the state with two dozen food banks.

Open Homes, a disaster relief program, helps individuals offer their homes to strangers in need of emergency housing.

Feeding America has a database of food banks across Texas.

Galveston Diaper Bank is accepting donations for those impacted by the Texas Winter Storm and COVID-19.

Animal Help

Pets for People is accepting donations for their PayPal Giving Fund

Sea Turtle Inc. in South Padre rescued 4,000 hypothermic turtles this week and could use your donation.

Pets Needing Parents Rescue in West Texas is accepting donations.

The SPCA of Texas is accepting donations.

Operation Kindness is providing assistance to animals in need of medical care, companionship, and a home.

Resources for You

Need a warming center? 

Here’s a map from the Texas Division of Emergency Management.

If you call 211, you can find the warming center nearest you. 

Need financial assistance? 

You can request aid from many of the mutual aid organizations listed above. 

Texas NAACP is also providing aid to those who need it. 

Beyoncé’s charity organization, Beygood, has a Disaster Relief Assistance fund to help anyone affected by the winter storms. 

Miscellaneous Resources: 

One Love Longview has an assessment form that people can find on their Facebook page and fill out. They help with community referrals and connecting people to local resources for assistance. In addition, they are assessing damages and helping with urgent repairs.  They also have a counseling center if people need that service. 

Save the Children is helping storm-damaged child-care and early-learning centers in Texas recover.

Help Texas

If you want to look into the organizations prior to donating, a good resource is Charity Navigator or GuideStar. This will help provide peace of mind that your donations will be going to a trusted source and will land in the hands of someone who needs it. 

Lastly, Hospitality Health ER is here for you. We will continue to remain open and will serve the Tyler, Galveston, and Longview areas and provide the customer service you deserve. And remember to reach out to your loved ones and neighbors who experienced unprecedented weather, bursted pipes, no power, and unsafe drinking water all in a week span. 

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