Last week, 73% of the country was covered in snow during massive winter storms caused by climate change. They devastated parts of the country unprepared for severe weather and, in Texas, power outages have created apocalyptic scenarios and incredibly dangerous conditions. For those looking to help, either from afar or on the ground, we've rounded up organizations you can donate to or even volunteer with in Texas. To all of our Texas readers: Stay safe and warm out there! We're thinking of you.
To help the houseless:
- Feed the People Dallas Amazon Wishlist (their Venmo is @FeedthePeopleDallas)
- Feeding Texas
- Kids Meals (Houston)
- Lucille’s 1913 Community Kitchen (Houston)
- North Texas Food Bank
General and Mutual Aid:
- Salvation Army of Texas
- Austin Urban League (securing shelter and safety for at-risk communities)
- Roundup of mutual aid organizations you can Venmo
- American Red Cross ("Northeast Texas Chapter of the American Red Cross (in desperate need of donations): Contact director Cristal Prince at (903) 556-5183 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to donate; money mailed to 821 Spruce St., Texarkana, Texas, 75501 will be used locally")
- Pandemic of Love mutual aid can be Venmoed at @PandemicofLove
- SARA Animal Sanctuary is in need of donations for hay
@jessicayellin is an excellent resource for both those in Texas, and news about the crisis. This Google sheet is frequently updated, with resources by neighborhood and tips (many of the donation resources above were pulled from their "Donate" page).
General tips for staying safe in a winter storm, from the American Red Cross.
If you are in Austin and in need of emergency supplies, please us this form.
More Texas Weather Crisis resources, by city, here!
If you have any additional resources we should consider, please share them with us on our feedback form, so we can add them here! Thank you!
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