How can you help Texas residents after Hurricane Harvey?


The devastation in Southeast Texas is unprecedented as Hurricane Harvey made landfall in the Lone Star State over the weekend and dumped over 50 inches of rain across large portions of the area.

With South Carolina no stranger to hurricanes or floods, many of you are beginning to wonder how you can help in the recovery process.

RELATED: See photos of the devastation from Hurricane Harvey.

The American Red Cross has already opened up a line of funding to help get aid to those in Texas. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS to donate over the phone or, text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10 or through their website, you can donate up to $500 in the recovery efforts.

Two groups associated with the United Way of South Carolina are already en route to Texas.

SBP and Reach Global Crisis Response are bringing help.

“SBP will deploy a team of AmeriCorps members and staff to Texas on Wednesday to support immediate needs for families impacted by Hurricane Harvey,” Joey Wallace, spokesman for the United Way of the Midlands, said.

The City of Columbia, in conjunction with surrounding counties and the University of South Carolina has established the Columbia Relief Fund. The website has a list of places to drop off donations or where you can send monetary donations.

To view the Columbia Relief website, click here.

Anyone wanting to donate to go directly to the City of Columbia Public Works facility (2910 Colonial Drive) from 9am-5pm.

The Salvation Army in North and South Carolina have also mobilized in response.

On Wednesday, Sept. 6, in conjunction with the Columbia mayor’s office, City Council and a citywide relief effort, the University of South Carolina and Gamecock Athletics will be hosting a donation drive for Hurricane Harvey victims.

The university will collect personal hygiene products and cleaning supplies at three locations: Rice Athletics Center, 1304 Harden St., My Carolina Alumni Center, 900 Senate St., and the Visitor Center on the Horseshoe. An additional drop-off location will be available 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Wednesday at Greene Street in front of the Russell House University Union.

The Columbia Fire Department is collecting donations for the first responders in Houston. Wednesday September 6th we will be accepting donations from 9am-4pm at CFD HQ-corner of Laurel St & Barnwell St (enter on Barnwell St).Thursday and Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday: Two Notch Road. Friday: Forest Drive

Donations Accepted:

New clothes for adults, children and infants



School Supplies



*only newly purchased items will be accepted

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