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How You Can
Help Support
Those Wiped Out
By Floods in the
Americas and Asia

Hurricane Harvey Houston Rescue : SWAT Officer Daryl Hudeck Carries Catherine Pham
and son Aiden, 8/27/17. Photo: David Philip, AP





A NY Times sponsored poll found that 46% of mainland Americans do not even realize that as an official American territory, Puerto Ricans are natural born US citizens. PR has been so decimated by the direct hit it took from Hurricane Maria that many parts of it will be without electricity and clean water for months. Doctors there are telling those who can afford it to leave the Island. If you can open your home to a family from Puerto Rico, as citizens they can immediately come to the US once transportation is available. 


September 2017

Our hearts go out to those affected by the hurricane, typhoon and monsoon disasters. Please donate generously. We have listed primarily local organizations and ones where you can specifically designate where you want your donation to go. Please let us know of other orgs we should add to this list.



Local Drop Off Points for Supplies for Puerto Rico

Brookhaven Town, Suffolk (also included link for NYS)
Collecting batteries, flashlights, lanterns, diapers, baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, cases of water. Link gives 8 drop-off points. Link within link gives drop off points throughout New York State.


New - Stony Brook University Natural Disasters Home Page
Lists where donations can be made or dropped off, info on fund raising events, info on medical team going to Puerto Rico to help out.


In the Americas

After the earthquake in Haiti and Hurricane Sandy in NY and NJ, investigations were done of the American Red Cross. They are great at fundraising - their slick ads were on nationwide TV within days of Harvey. They are not great at distributing the millions they raise to those who need it. Please donate to other organizations.

Global Giving for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

Go Fund Me - dedicated page to verified Maria relief

Global Giving for Hurricane Irma

Go Fund Me - dedicated page to verified Harvey relief

Go Fund Me - dedicated page to verified Irma relief

Greater Good - 100% of many small fundraisers goes directly to cause

Habitat for Humanity

Oxfam America



Puerto Rico Specific

Hurricane Maria Community Recovery Fund

Alternative link to above fund via Social Security Works/Act Blue


Sierra Club Puerto Rico Fund


United for Puerto Rico

Texas Specific

AAPI Community Harvey Relief Fund - sponsored by OCA: Organization of Chinese Americans

Chinese Community Center of Houston


Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund - new fund put together by the Mayor of Houston through an existing non-profit to act as a collecting agency


Sierra Club Harvey Fund


Texas Workers Relief Fund

Tzu Chi USA - Buddhist Relief Foundation


Animal Rescue Site

Houston Humane Society


Feeding Texas is a statewide nonprofit that works alongside state and federal relief efforts. The organization says it steps in during major disasters to "coordinate with the state and other providers so that relief reaches families quickly and the 'second disaster' of an unorganized response is avoided."
Here is its list of food banks in Texas likely to be affected by Harvey:

Houston Food Bank

Galveston Food Bank

Food Bank of the Golden Crescent (Victoria)

Corpus Christi Food Bank

Southeast Texas Food Bank (Beaumont)

Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley (Pharr)

Brazos Valley Food Bank (Bryan)

Central Texas Food Bank (Austin)

San Antonio Food Bank

Florida Specific


Feeding Florida - list of food banks


Feeding Florida - statewide

One Blood - donate blood locally to be shipped to Florida


Sierra Club Irma Fund

South Florida Wildlife Center

Tzu Chi USA - Buddhist Relief Foundation


In Asia
To support any of the locations in Asia, one option is to give regionally to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Unlike the American Red Cross, the IHRC has a good reputation.

The other is to give directly to a specific country's RC. Simply go to their website and donate.
Below are some, but not all, individual country Red Cross or Red Crescent organizations:











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