Want to help Houston victims? Here's how

Published on Wednesday, 30 August 2017 21:51
Written by Lorenzo Burgio

STAFF WRITER

BRISTOL - The city has recommended a list of accredited relief organizations for residents who are looking to donate to Houston storm victims.

According to a press release from the mayor of Bristol’s office, many Bristol residents have been asking how they can help storm victims of South Texas and Louisiana.

In response, Mayor Ken Cockayne and Fire Chief Jay Kolakoski contacted officials in Houston and Connecticut’s emergency management director, William Hackett, to find the most effective way to assist residents of the storm areas in relief efforts.

Hackett and Houston officials said the first priorities are safety, shelter and basic human needs. Long-term recovery efforts will occur when the community is stabilized.

United Way of Greater Houston has a disaster reserve fund, but the needs of residents will exceed the pre-storm resources and funds due to the devastation already seen. The Salvation Army and Red Cross have recommended that donating funds to individuals in need is easier than transporting items.

Mayor Ken Cockayne, said, “In true form of our city, all of us want to show our support for the people of Houston just as other communities have supported Bristol and the State of Connecticut in our time of need.

“We have contacted the appropriate parties and they all have advised us the best way to help their situation is to use established channels so when the immediate emergency time is up and it is time to begin rebuilding, the resources most needed will be readily available.”

The death toll is continuing to rise in the affected areas. 14 people have passed and thousands are displaced, according to the press release.

Below is a list of accredited relief organizations created by the City of Bristol through the recommendations of state and regional relief officials.

Salvation Army

Call: 1-800-SAL-ARMY

Text: STORM to 51555

Red Cross

Call: 1- 800-RED CROSS

Text: HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation

United Way Houston

Text UWFLOOD to 41444

Unitedwayhouston.org/flood

Houston Food Bank

Galveston Food Bank

Food Bank of the Golden Crescent (Victoria)

Corpus Christi Food Bank

Southeast Texas Food Bank (Beaumont)

Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley (Pharr)

Brazos Valley Food Bank (Bryan)

Central Texas Food Bank (Austin)

San Antonio Food Bank



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, General News, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington Herald, Terryville on Wednesday, 30 August 2017 21:51. Updated: Wednesday, 30 August 2017 21:53.