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How Northeast Ohio residents can help Texas flood victims through donations

Cleveland Red Cross sends 15 workers to Texas
Posted at 11:53 AM, Aug 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-28 17:11:11-04

Many Northeast Ohioans are proving to be generous and want to help the Houston area flooding victims.

Tropical Storm Harvey continues to cause widespread flooding in Texas.

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Many storm victims have lost their belongings including clothes, shoes and many other items.

The American Red Cross in Cleveland and the Salvation Army said financial donations are the best way to help.

The Cleveland Red Cross has also sent 15 workers to Texas to help staff emergency shelters, but they have to wait for the storm to pass before they can go into the Houston area.

Jim McIntyre with the Cleveland Red Cross said there are two ways to make financial donations.

  • You can text to 90999 and it will automatically add a ten dollar charge to your cell phone to help flood victims.
  • You can call 1-800-Red Cross or go to redcross.org/NEO.

The Salvation Army is accepting monetary donations to help flood victims. There are several ways the public can donate.

  • You can donate through the Cleveland Salvation Army by calling 1-800-SAL ARMY, or by going to salvationarmy.org.
  • Text the word "storm" to 51555.
  • Checks are payable to Salvation Army at P.O. Box 1959, Atlanta, Georgia 30301 with "Hurricane Harvey" in the memo section.

Lorain County EMA director Tom Kelly also said financial donations are the best way to help flood victims because many clothing donations end up not being used.

While people mean well, he said often times the clothes are old and worn out.

Major Evan Hickman with the Cleveland Salvation Army said even if people wanted to donate clothing items, there are no warehouses lined up yet to store those items in Texas at this time.