Houston is being battered by "unprecedented" rain from Hurricane—now Tropical Storm—Harvey and it will keep raining for a few more days. That means that the pictures we've seen of flooding in Houston are probably going to get worse, and while New York's National Guard and the FDNY will be there to help, you can spare a hand too without even putting on a uniform.

Houston and other parts of Texas will need our manpower and goods after the rain stops, but keep in mind that cash works best as an immediate response to a natural disaster. So throw some cash to any of these fine charitable efforts that will be able to help people on the ground, and save the diapers and canned goods for later.

Houston Food Bank

Food banks will be on the front line of providing relief to people who've lost access to nutritious food, and the Houston Food Bank will be providing immediate food distribution to the families most in need. According to the Houston Food Bank, every one dollar you give can provide a full day of meals to a family in need in southeast Texas.

Texas Diaper Bank

While food banks will provide food, the Texas Diaper Bank will be stepping up in to provide diapers, since they're not provided by relief agencies. The bank gives seniors, babies and the disabled over 1.1 million diapers per year, and they also made this adorable video featuring extremely Texas babies in cowboy hats and cowboy boots.


Rather than have people search through the site, GoFundMe has aggregated all of the Harvey-related fundraisers, from individual families looking for help to people doing fundraising for volunteer operations to fundraising for charitable organizations in and around southeast Texas.

SPCA of Texas

In addition to people, household animals are also going to face injury and displacement as a result of Harvey. The SPCA of Texas has already taken in cats from Corpus Christi, and is readying to take in even more animals affected by the storm. The organization lays out just what your monetary donation is worth, starting with $30 paying to vaccinate a shelter dog or cat.

Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County

This organization provides resources and information for the city's homeless population, works to help and tries to reduce the number of homeless individuals around Houston.

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief

SBDR has been providing disaster relief of all kinds for 50 years, and the organization now claims an 80,000-person volunteer force across the country. The group plans to stay in Houston for the long haul, starting with meal deliveries and providing hot showers to the survivors, and then pivoting to larger tasks like cleaning out survivors' homes.

Save The Children

Save The Children, which believes "every child deserves a future," has teams on the ground in Texas right now, and will be working to provide support for vulnerable kids and their families in the aftermath of the storm.


Portlight Strategies is there specifically to help disabled people in various ways, including through disaster relief efforts specifically targeted to them. In Houston, Portlight is providing medical equipment and evacuation and shelter efforts to the disabled, and will continue to do so as the storm continues

When all is said and done, the damage from the storm and the flooding will no doubt take years to fix, and the most vulnerable segments of society will take the brunt of the suffering. So give what you can now, maybe give some more later and try to focus more on helping than the overwhelming task in front of us. Here, it's a man playing "You Are My Sunshine" while his very large dog gets involved:

Red Cross

Former president Barack Obama, former First Child Jenna Bush Hager, and everyone in your Twitter and IG feeds recommended donating to the Red Cross. Just text HARVEY to 90999 and you'll have made a $10 donation, which you'll see on your next phone bill.