Hurricane Katrina: How Houston-area residents can help

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The following local organizations will be helping hurricane refugees in the Houston area, and can use our help.

If you know of other local organizations that are helping out and could use help themselves, please send an email (bloggers @ bloghouston.net) or leave a comment in the forum. The Chronicle‘s SciGuy also has information on how to help here.

We’ll continue to update this page as we get more information.

Thanks!

Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and Society of St. Vincent de Paul
They are accepting food and material donations at various locations. Information on needed items can be found here. Monetary donations can be made via Catholic Charities USA.

Communities in Schools Houston
John Wagner points out that CIS is mobilizing to help refugee school children by providing free immunization shots, clothing, school supplies and food. Please read John’s post for more details.

Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS)
Laurence Simon reports that EARS is looking for Houston-area residents who might be able to “adopt” a pet temporarily while their owners resettle (since many shelters will not allow pets). Follow the link for details.

Fellowship of the Woodlands
This large church has a page devoted to ways in which area residents can help the victims of Katrina.

Greater Houston Area Red Cross
They can use monetary donations, and of course blood. There’s a list of locations to donate goods here.

Greater Houston Restaurant Association
If your restaurant is a member of this group, they have information on how you can help.

Harris County Citizen Corps
They need current members to assist with preparation of the Astrodome. The website has a link so you can become a volunteer.

Houston Food Bank
This invaluable local organization can always use a monetary donation, but they also list specific items that that can be donated for disaster relief.

Houston Independent School District
HISD is opening its doors and resources to provide schooling for displaced students. The district can use some help from the public and this link provides details.

Star of Hope Mission
This great local organization is going to be really taxed by this catastrophe. The linked page provides information on how to donate goods and money.


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