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Local Red Cross volunteers head to Texas for Hurricane Harvey help

29 Agosto 2017, 04:06 | Bibiana Flor

Local Red Cross volunteers head to Texas for Hurricane Harvey help

Local Red Cross volunteers head to Texas for Hurricane Harvey help

Houston is now in the middle of catastrophic and life-threatening flooding.

The volunteers started leaving here this past weekend for Houston and other areas hit by flooding.

Caliva said anyone who wants to help the storm's survivors is encouraged to make a financial donation to the American Red Cross.

"Natural disasters like this are like catnip for scammers", Sean Spence with Better Business Bureau said.

"To provide that mass feeding".

With many ways to help the tens of thousands of people estimated to be temporarily displaced by surging floodwaters brought by Harvey, some are asking people to donate - but to be choosy about where they spend the money.

"You can call us at 1-800-Red Cross [1 (800) 733-2767]".

Brnovich recommends that Arizonans looking to donate money to Hurricane Harvey victims should not donate through links in emails or texts, donate to charities you know and trust and never give out personal information over the phone.

Ever since the rains began to fall and the winds to blow, we as a nation have focused our eyes on Texas.

Also, there are people in the San Diego LGBT community with family members who live in parts of Texas affected by the hurricane.

The Red Cross says collecting and sending food, clothing and other household items often does more harm than good.

Hoecker put on her American Red Cross gear after only four months with the organization to help those in need.

"It meant a lot", she said. "The number of people we send is going to grow daily". They will need all the help they can get, from toiletries to food and blankets.

"That's something that we really care about".

She said, "I just think it's such a great opportunity and I think the Red Cross is such a wonderful organization".

There are two dozen shelters open throughout Texas from Corpus Christi to Dallas and even as far as New Orleans in the event that people need to be evacuated.

"Until you've seen it and lived in it, you can't imagine what 18 feet and now 30 feet in Texas of water looks like", Susan Everitt, Augusta Red Cross Executive Director, said.

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