Looking to offer aid? Here’s how

Jonathan Garcia

jgarcia@foghornnews.com

Many Texans throughout the Coastal Bend and beyond lost their homes and other major necessities because of Harvey. Several local organizations and businesses are looking to help out with those affected by this devastating storm. Here’s how you can help out with the cause any way you can:

CORPUS CHRISTI SOLIDARITY NETWORK

Although they won’t be taking in any clothing or water donations due to lack of high demand, the Corpus Christi Solidarity Network will be taking other major necessities.

“We definitely need bug spray, laundry detergent and other things that folks are needing that they haven’t been able to access or afford,” said Jenny Espino, a member of the Solidarity Network and director of Corpus Christi Dance Collective.

If you want to help out, feel free to donate any laundry detergent, bug spray or any major necessities to the CC Dance Collective studio at 4701 Alameda, from 3-8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

CHURCH UNLIMITED

Many people donated physical items from clothing, water and other necessities to be shipped off to Houston and Beaumont. They received overwhelming donations to the point where they reached full capacity and no longer are accepting physical donations.

“We’re trying to clear out what we received to ship to Houston and Beaumont,” Jessica Gonzalez said.

Although they aren’t accepting physical donations, they will be setting up monetary donations for Harvey relief.

“We’re doing a text-to-give campaign. Go online to our website, or they can mail it in,” Gonzalez said.

To donate by text, you can send in the amount you want with the words “Unlimited Harvey” to 45777. For mailing donations, send amount to 7451 Bay Area Drive, 78415, or online at www.wearechurchunlimited.com/harvey.

THREADS

Although the cutoff date for major donations such as bulk of clothing, Rubbermaid boxes and other necessities passed, Threads will still take in clothes.

“When we buy clothing from a seller, if they don’t want to take it we offer them the option to donate,” marketing director Megan Brieger said. “As long as there’s a need, we will continue to donate to Harvey-affected areas.”

If you’re looking to sell your clothes and a buyer won’t sell your items, you can donate the clothes at Threads on 4646 Everhart Road, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. They will take your clothes in if you chose to donate them and send them to Harvey-affected areas at certain donation sites until the demand has ended.

CHECKING FOR LEGITIMATE CHARITIES

Although many people are willing to help the cause, it’s good to be skeptical of the organization they’re donating to. With many frauds out there taking advantage of people’s good nature, there is a program that can check the charity you are considering backing. GuideStar is a website where you can research any nonprofit organization’s finances, impact, reputation and other major things. From there you can also download their annual report from past years and purchase a premium report for more information on the charity you are considering donating to. Making an account is free at www.guidestar.org.

Jonathan Garcia

Jonathan Garcia is the Entertainment editor for the Del Mar College Foghorn. He has been with the Foghorn since 2012 as one of the paper’s entertainment writers. He is currently a journalism major but after receiving his degree, Jonathan hopes to become a critic for movies and video games due to his incredible passion for both. You can reach Jonathan at jgarcia@foghornnews.com or follow him on Twitter @jonathan10894.

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