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"When a natural disaster strikes, many of us ask, how can we help?"

"You want to make sure that it's an organization that is established", said Kimmy Venter, Director of Communications for the American Red Cross Eastern Region of NY.

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Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas after making landfall near Corpus Christi on Friday night.

Lowe's - The hardware chain has made a $500,000 contribution to the Red Cross Disaster Relief arm and is setting up donation stations in all of its Texas stores for customers who wish to add to that. People can donate money to the Red Cross by going to its website or text 90999 to donate $10.

Officials said additional shelters could be opened in the coming days.

The High Plains Food Bank told us they are also taking monetary donations for the Southeast Texas food banks or sending people to that food banks site, but not food donations for Hurricane Harvey.

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"We're at that point, we're doing a full call-out to volunteers in the state, asking them to update their availability, be ready to go", said Fortune.

As the humanitarian crisis plays out in south Texas, there are several concrete ways to help from Northeast Mississippi. She predicts as many as four thousand volunteers from across the country will be needed.

Employees have been answering phone calls, recruiting volunteers, contacting donors, and preparing to deploy as many volunteers as possible in an effort to help storm victims in Texas.

The Houston Flood Relief Fund was formed by Houston Texan JJ Watt.

The Salvation Army is accepting donations through its website, or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

Tschida said the best way people can help right now is with a financial contribution.


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