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Helping after Harvey: How you can join TODAY in relief effort

Source: Today.com

By Scott Stump

September 1, 2017

As Hurricane Harvey recedes after devastating Texas, TODAY is looking for your help in bringing relief to victims of the storm.

TODAY investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen will be criss-crossing the country next week in conjunction with the United Way to collect donations that will be delivered to the people of Houston.

Rossen will kick off TODAY's "Helping After Harvey" initiative on Tuesday Sept. 5 at the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas (1800 N. Lamar Street), which will be accepting donations from 5:30 a.m.-9 a.m. local time.

People are encouraged to bring nonperishable food, bottled water, toilet paper, paper towels, bleach, mops, trash bags, school supplies, new underwear, socks, new pillows, blankets, sheets, toiletries and feminine hygiene products.

There are also other ways you can help from home right now:

You can text "HARVEY" to 90999 to donate to the Red Cross to help families, or you can head to RedCross.Org. If you want to support pets, HoustonSPCA.org is a good site to visit.

To give to the United Way of Greater Houston Relief Fund, visit UnitedWayHouston.org/flood or text "UWFLOOD" to 41444.

For those looking to provide people with a warm meal, HoustonFoodBank.Org is accepting money donations and also looking for volunteers to serve.

Finally, for anyone searching for a list of major charities and ratings for each one, CharityNavigator.orghas all of that information right in one place. Rossen also has outlined ways to avoid being scammedwhen trying to help hurricane victims.