The humanitarian response after Hurricane Harvey has been nothing short of incredible, but there’s still a lot of work left to be done. Though there are countless national organizations that are accepting donations and volunteers (and there’s certainly nothing wrong with assisting these organizations), there are just as many opportunities to keep your recovery efforts 100 percent local. If you’re looking to chip in, here are several ways to get involved with local businesses and organizations.
Where to Donate Non-Perishables:
There are various places across the city that are accepting donations of non-perishable foods, water, ice, hygiene products, first aid kits, toiletries, blankets, rakes, cleaning supplies, and much more. You can drop off the above mentioned items at the following locations:
Flex Fit Gym, located at 5017 Saratoga Blvd.
United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce, located at 602 N Staples Suite 150
CASA + Adkins Middle School, located at 2402 Ennis Joslin Rd.
Julian Gold, located at 3840 S. Alameda St.
Where to Shop:
Several local businesses are donating a portion of their profits to or offering ways to donate to those affected by Hurricane Harvey:
Moonstone’d Pottery is donating 50 percent of all their proceeds to help Aransas Pass, Rockport, Port Aransas, Port Lavaca, and surrounding areas from now through the end of October. You can place orders here.
H-E-B is launching a statewide campaign that offers customers the opportunity to support victims by donating in increments of either $1, $3, or $5 upon checkout.
Taco Gear is promoting a t-shirt campaign in order to raise money for Harvey victims. 100 percent of the proceeds go to the Food Bank of Corpus Christi, and every shirt equals around 100 meals. You can purchase your t-shirt here.
Corpus Craft Cares is a nonprofit organization composed of different brewing companies, specifically Lorelei, Lazy Beach, and Rebel Toad. These brewing companies came together to create a new beer, with all of the proceeds going to those affected by Harvey. The new American pale ale will be released on Sept. 23.
JROX Coffee Company is selling their K-Cups at a special price to help rebuild the Coffee Waves location in Port Aransas. Visit the website and click on the Hurricane Harvey Fund.
Where to Donate Money:
You don’t have to donate to national charities. There are several local relief funds that are committed to helping people deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Here are a few to which you can contribute:
Cinnamon Shore: Harvey Relief Fund
Rockport Fulton Chamber of Commerce Go Fund Me
Port Aransas Hurricane Relief Fund
United Way Disaster Relief Fund
Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group Fund
Where to Volunteer:
The hardest hit areas – Rockport, Port Aransas, Refugio, and Woodsboro – still need volunteers to help residents clean up their properties. If you’re available to help, sign up with one of these local organizations:
Food Bank of Corpus Christi located at 826 Krill Street are in need of volunteers to help inspect, sort, and box various donations.
Church Unlimited Rockport located at 902 Main Street are looking for volunteers. Check in time is at 8am and 1pm, for more information call 1-757-793-1837.
American Red Cross – Texas Gulf Coast Region located at 1721 S. Brownlee Blvd. is in urgent need of people to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group is a non-profit organization that helps Coastal Bend residents affected by disasters like Harvey. More volunteer and contact information can be found here.