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Hurricane Harvey Relief: How Wacoans Can Help

5 years ago

By Jen Naylor Gesick

Amidst the devastating images coming out of the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey, there has been one glimmer of light – the outpouring of love and support from other Texans and people across the country that are lending a hand in whatever way they can.

That includes us Wacoans. So, we compiled a list of ways you can help those in need. We will add to this list as more information becomes available. This is current as of 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 5 with updates marked with an asterisk.


The American Red Cross is seeking volunteers in the following positions: warehousing, shelter management, supply distribution and administrative support. Those interested in volunteering can register at

Volunteer Houston is connecting individuals with disaster volunteer opportunities. To learn more, visit

If you’d like to volunteer extra space in your home for evacuees, you can list it on Airbnb for free at

*Volunteers are needed at Latham Springs. Information can be found at

Act Locally Waco is compiling a list of ways to help evacuees in Waco. They are updating it regularly. Information can be found on their website at

*The City of Waco also has compiled information on ways to help. That can be found at

Donate Money or Goods

The Salvation Army has great information on how to help. Information can be found at To make a financial donation to support the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts please go to, call 1-800- SAL-ARMY, text STORM to 51555. The Salvation Army Locally in Waco asks that cash donations or checks should have Hurricane Harvey written on them.  These donations will be sent to their headquarters for the relief effort in South Texas. They are not taking clothing donations for the relief effort at this time.

Another way to donate funds is by visiting, calling 1-800 RED CROSS or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation that is added to your phone bill.

H-E-B and Central Market have a tear pad campaign so that customers can donate in increments of $1, $3, or $5 to their total grocery bill.


*The Salvation Army Locally in Waco is giving out food cards and canned food as they are donated.

If you’d like to help furry friends in need, a Facebook group called, Heart of Texas Helps Houston Paws Group, is gathering donations to help animal shelters in the affected areas. They will be accepting all donations all week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and then 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 426 South McLennan Loop in Elm Mott. They need things like dog and cat food, bleach, mops, leashes, collars, etc. For questions call 254/733-9400 or find more information on the group page at

Midway ISD is hosting an ongoing fundraising campaign to donate directly to partner school districts in the Houston and gulf coast area throughout the recovery process. This link will take you to the site

Midway ISD is also collecting donations of pillows and blankets, hygiene products, sports drinks and water on Tuesday at the Performing Arts Center from 6-7 p.m. and Wednesday at the Midway Middle School front office from 7:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.

*Lorena ISD campuses will be collecting items to support the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts From Aug 29 to Sept 8. If you are interested in donating, please send items to the main office of any of thefour campuses (Primary, Elementary, Middle School & High School).

  • Paper Towels
  • Paper Plates
  • Disposable Cups
  • Diapers
  • Baby Wipes
  • Trash Bags
  • School Supplies (Folders, Notebooks, spirals, crayons, pens, pencils)

Information for Evacuees in the Waco Area

*The United Way runs a helpline for people in need of assistance. Call 211 and someone will assist you.

The Mayborn Museum is offering free admission for evacuees of Hurricane Harvey. They are located at 1300 S University Parks Drive. More information can be found on their website or by calling 254/710-1110.

Waco Downtown Farmers Market announced on their Facebook page that in response to the hurricane, USDA has made it possible for SNAP benefits to be used for hot, prepared food through September 30. Bring your card to the Farmer’s Market this weekend and they can help you out. More information is available on their website at

*McLennan Community College will offer courses for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Local students who are unable to attend classes this semester at colleges located in regions of Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey will be able to take courses comparable to the their current course schedule. MCC will assist in communicating with their college to ensure the courses will transfer upon completion. MCC advisors are available to help plan course schedules on a case-by-case basis. McLennan County students currently enrolled at a college located in the regions of Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey who are interested in attending MCC this semester should immediately contact Diane Russo, MCC Advising Specialist, at or call 254/299-8414 for further information.

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