31 Aug Donate For Hurricane Harvey Relief in San Antonio
Hurricane Harvey Donations San Antonio: Doing Nothing Isn’t an Option
If you’re like me, when a disaster like Harvey strikes, it’s impossible for you to do nothing about it. I can almost hear my readers thinking, “But there’s never been a natural disaster quite like Hurricane Harvey.” I suspect you know what I mean, though.
Are you old enough to remember September 11? Hurricane Katrina? The Joplin Tornado in Missouri, 2011? If you remember those disasters, and, again, if you’re like me, you probably remember feeling a need to take action, to do something tangible and positive to help the victims. Whether it was giving money, volunteering, donating clothing, food, or water, or even giving blood, there were people suffering who needed help. You felt an instinctive pull—a deep need, a sense of duty, even—to provide help in any form possible.
Here we are in 2017, with Hurricane Harvey sweeping Southern and Southeastern Texas with a hell of wind, rain, and flooding—oh, and a vigorous sense of déjà vu: People are suffering; some have lost everything; some are still unaccounted for, while others are yet awaiting rescue in flooded-out homes. “What can I do?” you might be asking. “How can I help?”
Hurricane Harvey Donations San Antonio: What Can I Give? How Can I Give It & Where?
Should you grab your boat and motor over to Houston to help pull people from the rising waters? Some readers may do so; some may have already done so. Should you donate money, maybe volunteer in other ways? Should you go to one of the areas affected and help in the rebuilding efforts after the storm passes?
There are so many people suffering, so much damage done, and so much to rebuild, it can be difficult to decide to what and where you want to give. You’ve just got to do something, though.
That’s why I’ve listed several ways you can donate money and other resources right here in San Antonio to help our neighbors in Houston and all over South and Southeast Texas recover from Hurricane Harvey.
Salvation Army Hurricane Harvey Donations San Antonio
The Salvation Army of San Antonio has 10 locations. Most of them are open through the week until 5 or 6pm and will accept donations of money, non-perishable food, water, clothing, and other goods.
Of course, you can also donate online through a dedicated website the Salvation Army has created for Harvey donations. You can also call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or text ‘STORM’ to 51555.
As one of the world’s oldest and most venerated charitable concerns, donating to the Salvation Army is a dependable way to know that your contribution will be put to good use. A Salvation Army donation is also a good way to avoid being ripped off and scammed while trying to do good. Unfortunately, in the days and weeks ahead, there will be many scammers who emerge to take advantage of people’s generosity and even of the victims themselves.
The Salvation Army also maintains a “disaster update” website, which prominently features Harvey at the moment. Through that site, you can see the organization putting Harvey donations to good use.
Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Donations San Antonio
Like the Salvation Army, the Red Cross is one of the world’s oldest and most respected humanitarian-relief organizations. Over the decades, the Red Cross has fielded volunteers to ease the effects of war, famine, disease, natural disaster, accident, and countless other catastrophes. Also like the Salvation Army, a donation to the Red Cross is a good way to assure your contribution is effectively used, while preventing yourself from being scammed.
You can donate to the Red Cross’s Hurricane Harvey relief efforts by visiting online. You can also call the San Antonio Area Chapter of the Red Cross at 210-224-5151 or call 210-366-1434 to make a donation. Or you can visit in person at 3642 East Houston Street, 78219.
Blood Donations for Hurricane Harvey Victims
The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center (STBTC) is currently maintaining extended hours of 7am to 7pm to draw blood donations for Hurricane Harvey. The following locations are all keeping those extended times:
- Donor Pavilion, 6211 Interstate 10 West at First Park Ten Boulevard
- Northeast Donor Room, 8527 Village Drive, Suite 106
- Shavano Donor Room, 4079 N. Loop 1604 West, Suite 102
- Southeast Donor Room, 3158 SE Military Drive, Suite 104
- Westover Hills Donor Room, 10555 Culebra Road, Suite 107
There are around 30 hospitals and various medical centers scattered throughout San Antonio, and many of them draw blood for donation.
Keep in mind, too, that if you’re an O- blood type, your donation is in especially high demand, since O- is the “universal donor type.” O+ is in next highest in-demand blood type. AB+ plasma is also always in high demand, because it too can be donated into all other blood types.
San Antonio Food Bank Hurricane Harvey Donations
The San Antonio Food Bank has gone into “Emergency Response Mode” and is currently accepting donations of money, food and other items to support Harvey relief operations at both the local and state levels. You can drop off donations in person, from 8am to 5pm, at 5200 Enrique M. Barrera Parkway. The Food Bank is also calling for volunteers to help with Harvey relief. You can donate to the San Antonio Food Bank online, too, and/or register to volunteer.
Pet-Related Hurricane Harvey Donations San Antonio
The following San Antonio organizations are accepting donations and volunteers to help animals displaced by the storm:
The Texas Diaper Bank Hurricane Harvey Donations San Antonio
The Texas Diaper Bank in San Antonio is accepting monetary donations, diapers, baby food, formula, and other infant-care supplies for victims of Hurricane Harvey. You can donate on the Texas Diaper website or by calling 210-731-8118.
Call 311 to Volunteer Your Time for Harvey Relief Efforts
If you’re a San Antonio resident and are interested in volunteering for Hurricane Harvey relief, call city services at 311 to inquire about donating your time to relief efforts.
San Antonio District Office Hurricane Harvey Donations San Antonio
San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg has designated the city’s 10 field offices as Hurricane Harvey Donation Centers. Requested donation items include non-perishable food, water, baby food and formula, diapers, hygiene items, and new clothing of all types:
D1 Field Office
1310 Vance Jackson
8am – 8pm starting Aug. 28.
D2 Field Office
2805 E Commerce
9 am- 5 pm starting Aug. 28.
D3 Field Office
3319 Sidney Brooks
9 am- 5 pm starting Aug. 28
D4 Field Office
5102 Old Pearsall Rd
9 am -5 pm starting Aug. 28
D5 Field Offices
Collins Garden Library: 200 N. Park & Las Palmas: 803 Castroville Rd., Suite 218
9 am – 5 pm starting Aug. 28
D6 Field Office
8373 Culebra Rd, Suite 202
8 am – 8 pm starting Aug. 28
D7 Field Office
4414 Centerview, Suite 160
9:30 am – 8 pm starting Aug. 28
D8 Field Office
9830 Colonnade, Suite 165
8:30am to 8:00 pm starting Aug. 28
D9 Field Office
16500 San Pedro, Suite 290
8:30 am to 5 pm starting Aug. 28
D10 Field Office
1635 NE loop 410
9 am to 5 pm starting Aug. 28