YC Powersports, of Osage Beach, announced on Wednesday that they would be sending two of their drivers with supplies to help those affected by the storms. The business will be accepting donations through Sunday before heading west.

Regional and local efforts are underway to assist victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas as thousands have been displaced by the natural disaster. 

YC Powersports, of Osage Beach, announced on Wednesday that they would be sending two of their drivers with supplies to help those affected by the storms. The business will be accepting donations through Sunday before heading west.

“We are trying to get water, soap, tooth brushes, diapers, can food, dog or cat food for the shelters,” according to a Facebook post. “Any extra or old phone chargers… feel free to call us at 573-348-6200. Please ask for Kathy or Ashley. Thank you.” 

Items can be dropped off their Osage Beach location off of Passover Road from Wednesday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Additionally, the Red Cross of Eastern Missouri has 38 volunteers currently in Texas or on their way.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

We know Americans are generous and want to do everything they can to help after a disaster. Unfortunately, collecting and sending food, clothing and other household items often does more harm than good. It takes time and money to store, sort, clean and distribute donated items, which diverts limited time and resources away from helping those most affected. Instead, the best way to support disaster victims is with a financial donation.

The Red Cross has launched a massive response to this devastating storm and needs financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately.

• Help people affected by Hurricane Harvey by visiting redcross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.  

The Red Cross honors donor intent.

• Donors can designate their donation to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts by choosing that option when donating on redcross.org or on 1-800-RED CROSS.

The Red Cross needs blood donations in response to the disaster in Texas and Louisiana.

The need for blood is constant and the Red Cross currently has an urgent need for blood donations across the country due to a summer decline in blood donors and blood drive sponsors. In Texas, we are closely monitoring our blood supplies amid this ongoing disaster.

With dangerous widespread flooding in Southeast Texas, all blood collection organizations in the U.S. are making efforts to meet patient blood needs and to ensure a sufficient blood supply in storm affected areas. Blood donations are always encouraged and the Red Cross stands ready to provide blood products as needed.