How you can help victims of Hurricane Harvey

A vehicle drives through flooded roads after Hurricane Harvey ripped through Rockport, Texas, on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017. The fiercest hurricane to hit the U.S. in more than a decade spun across hundreds of miles of coastline where communities had prepared for life-threatening storm surges — walls of water rushing inland. (Nick Wanger/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The American Red Cross is hoping for your help in their Operation Helping Hand program.

The Red Cross is raising funds for disaster relief in Texas after Hurricane Harvey made landfall and caused catastrophic flooding, forcing thousands of people from their homes.

To help the victims of the disaster, you can text the word HARVEY to 90-999 to make a $10 donation. You can also make donations online at, or by phone at 1-800-RED-CROSS.

WFLA News Channel 8 will be hosting a Telethon for Texas to raise Hurricane Harvey funds on Tuesday, August 29.

The Telethon for Texas will begin at 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., then 11 a.m. to noon, and again from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Please call 800-528-0808 to donate to the Telethon for Texas on Tuesday.

From 10 p.m. Saturday to 1 p.m. Sunday, Houston 911 received over 56,000 calls. During an average day, they usually handle about 8,000, according to the Office of Emergency Management in Houston.

And as of Sunday, more than 1,800 people took refuge from the deadly storm Saturday night in 34 Red Cross and community shelters in Texas, and truck loads of supplies are being distributed and volunteers being put in place.

Last year, Operation Helping Hand raised more than $125,000 for victims of the Tennessee wildfires and Hurricane Matthew.

OneBlood in Orlando is also looking for blood donations to send to Harvey victims in Texas.

“When you have floods, bloodmobiles can’t get out, donors can’t get in, and you have no blood donations coming in, yet patients in hospitals continue to need blood to live,” said Dan Eberts of OneBlood.

Healthy individuals who are 16 or older and weigh at least 110 pounds are allowed to donate blood. A photo ID is required.

You can find the hours and locations of OneBlood Donor Centers and Big Red Bus drives on OneBlood’s website or by calling 1-888-936-6283.

Stay with WFLA News Channel 8 for the latest on Hurricane Harvey.


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