Charities are being set up to assist victims of Hurricane Harvey around the country. Here are a few local charities where you can donate.

A number of charities are being set up to assist the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Common donations are:

-Infant formula
-Diapers and wipes
-Water
-Hygiene products: Toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, feminine products
-Canned food
-Dog and cat food for shelters
-Phone chargers
-Monetary donations

Before you donate, please keep in mind that disasters such as Hurricane Harvey are taken advantage of by scammers. There are many ways to vet a charity. Among them are websites such as CharityNavigator.org and the Better Business Bureau.

Eldon

In Eldon, relief efforts to help victims in Texas are underway at the Eldon Career Center. The center  will be collecting baby items next week for Hurricane Harvey victims, specifically the Texas Diaper Bank. Bring items to ECC and they will be transported to the truck at Gasco next Friday.

YC Powersports

YC PowerSports will be sending two drivers to Houston with supplies to help those affected by these horrible storms. If you would like to help, drop offs  are being accepted through Sunday, September 3 at 1 p.m. Call them at 573-348-6200. Please ask for Kathy or Ashley. YC PowerSports is located at 4760 Formula Drive, Osage Beach, MO 65065.

Advantage Marine LOTO has stepped forward and volunteered to be a drop off location for anyone on the West side that would like to donate. You can drop off your donations during the following times at: 48 Beachwood Drive (5-35) in Sunrise Beach, (573) 374-2231
Wednesday and Thursday – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday and Saturday – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bipartisan Women for Women

Bipartisan Women for Women is teaming up with local businesses to collect basic necessities for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. They will be stationed at HyVee in Osage Beach on September 8-9 to collect donations of goods and money. Abs & Glutes is also assisting. Please call 573-346-4641 for information. Their goal is to leave September 14 with a trailer full of necessities. 

They are also looking for locations around the lake where people can drop off donations. Contact Suzanne Duncan at 573-552-5033 if your business is willing to volunteer as a drop off location.

Another way to help is by becoming a sponsor to assist with the cost of fuel and food for the volunteers as they deliver items to Houston staging locations.

The Red Cross
The American Red Cross is working around the clock along the Gulf Coast to help the thousands of people whose lives have been devastated by Tropical Storm Harvey.

Thousands of people have been forced to leave their flooded homes, losing everything they own – and more rain and flooding is expected throughout the week. It is anticipated that many more families will be impacted.

Hundreds of Red Cross volunteers from all over the country are on the ground, working to provide safe shelter and comfort to people impacted by this devastating storm.

“The Red Cross of Eastern Missouri has 38 volunteers who are in Texas, or on the way. We’re thankful for the dedication of volunteers who are willing to help those in need,” said Cindy Erickson, Regional CEO. People can make a difference in someone’s life by becoming a Red Cross volunteer.

• You will need to register and fill out paperwork in order to volunteer.
• At this time, we are focused on deploying registered & trained volunteers. The best way to get involved is to register and start your training so that you’re ready if/when the call comes.
• Get started by attending one of these Orientations to the Red Cross OR complete a volunteer interest form at www.redcross.org/volunteer-interest-form

Gathering locations are:

• Thursday, August 31, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at 10195 Corporate Square
, St. Louis, MO
• Saturday, September 2, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
 at 2430 Myra Dr, 
Cape Girardeau, MO
• Saturday, September 2, 11:00 a.m. – noon
 at 318 Jackson St.
, Jefferson City, MO
 
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.