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Old 08-28-2017, 11:50 AM   #1
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Help for those in Texas, I am looking for suggestions

As I set here watching the damage and peril going on in Texas, I feel a real need to reach out and do something to help. RVers being the great people they are, I would wager, I am not the only one having those thoughts.

I already am aware of the need to help financially, Red Cross etc. However, there's so much more that needs to be done. I see folks with boats, etc. and I salute those folks doing that. But this recovery is going to take more than that.

I guess what I am looking for; since I am retired, fairly healthy, with a nice rv to stay in, could I show up in a couple of weeks and be productive with something?

Your thoughts and suggestions will be appreciated.
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Old 08-28-2017, 11:59 AM   #2
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camping world as posted earlier is doing a nationwide campaign to get clothes, shoes, etc to people that will need much
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Many of our friends and families in Texas have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Two Camping World locations, in Houston and San Antonio, are experiencing first-hand the impact of the storm. We want to assist members of these communities and have created the following efforts.

Beginning today, all Camping World SuperCenters are collecting new or gently used clothing for adults and children to send to the affected areas. Pants, shirts, shoes, shorts, jackets…all types of clothing are needed. We will ensure that all donated clothing is transported and distributed to those in need as soon as possible.

In addition, we will be taking donations for the American Red Cross. Camping World will MATCH total contributions up to 2 million dollars. You give $10, we give $10. All donations received at any Camping World SuperCenters now through Labor Day will qualify for the match.

If you would like to help, please visit to find a SuperCenter near you. We hope you will join us in helping the victims of this devastating storm.

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Old 08-28-2017, 12:04 PM   #3
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Contact your local Red Cross and churches. They often have mobile teams that drive to needy areas. They also have the expertise to co-ordinate with police, National Guard, etc.
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Old 08-28-2017, 12:26 PM   #4
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Your right,there going to need help for a long,long,time.
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As mentioned, the red cross, churches etc. have the expertise to deal with this situation, I'd check with them for advise on how to help. Just having people show up to an area where a large portion of the infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed is just going to complicate the problems. They are already going to have supply chain issues with the basics such as water, sewer, food, fuel, electricity, etc. Adding to the demand won't help at this point. Later on in the recovery phase they may have use for basic labor.

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We can only hope the good folks of Texas come together in this incident with neighbor helping neighbor to get through this, and that the bad folks don't use it for personal gain at the expense of those going through so much pain and suffering.
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Old 08-28-2017, 03:28 PM   #6
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There was an announcement on our local news that The Salvation Army is looking for people who have been certified to help in these kinds of recovery efforts. The gentleman said that if you wanted to get certified that they are putting people in contact with the necessary paperwork and courses to get yourself in a situation to help.

Food banks may bear the brunt of relief efforts. We learned during Hurricane Katrina that it may be better to donate money instead of supplies, as delivery trucks may not be able to reach storm-damaged areas. Feeding Texas is a network of the state's food banks.

Diapers are not an item that disaster relief organizations often supply. You can pay for diapers for babies, seniors and others who need them via Texas Diaper Bank.

Do you have a special interest in animals? Consider donations to Austin Pets Alive!, which, as of last night, has already taken in more than 200 animals left homeless by the storm.
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Old 08-28-2017, 08:32 PM   #7
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Give it a couple of weeks, then just show up. Someone will put you to work. One idea that is a great service for everyone is to use a magnet with wheels. Walk the streets picking up nails. This reduces the amount of flat tires, nobody in a disaster has time for a flat tire.
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A friend volunteered to help in the aftermath of katrina, was there for over 6 months helping rebuild/build homes.
He is getting ready to help in TX, but only after he is notified the organization is needed, which is not now. What's needed now is money to keep food banks fully-stocked.
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I have thought about this too as I'm also retired, have a 4wd pickup, and a motorhome. Then I thought about how much money I'd spend just getting down there and back, plus a place to park.
I just donated to the Red Cross Harvey fund. May look for other ways to donate later.
Don't need to possibly just get in the way down there.
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Old 08-28-2017, 09:03 PM   #10
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No idea what your financial situation is but I would consider it only helping donation wise resources are going to be at a premium at Ground Zero you may end up not having fuel for your generator and thereby become a burden additionally there is a serious risk of Contracting diseases from the sewage laden Waters there's no reason you couldn't undertake a personal clothing Drive Water Drive food drive excetera in your own area and load all that stuff up in your coach or in a trailer and take it down there and drop it off however I would not plan on staying just my two cents
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Franklin Graham heads a ministry that will be involved with recovery. ..Samaritan something. Hannity was talking about it. Might be a place to look. As I type we have evacuees sleeping in our RV.
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I like to donate thru church ministries as I believe the most money or goods actually makes it to the folks in need and is not funneled off to cover overhead and advertising as is done in many "charitable" organizations.

Most of the assisting churches have an existing relationship with other congregations in the impacted area so supplies are more directly distributed to those in need.

Just my opinion. Your mileage may vary.

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Franklin Graham heads a ministry that will be involved with recovery. ..Samaritan something. Hannity was talking about it. Might be a place to look. As I type we have evacuees sleeping in our RV.
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Franklin Graham heads a ministry that will be involved with recovery. ..Samaritan something. Hannity was talking about it. Might be a place to look. As I type we have evacuees sleeping in our RV.
Here is a link to Samaritan's Purse
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