Boeing is committing $1 million, and perhaps more, to aid in relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The Red Cross estimates that about 32,000 Texans have sought refuge in 250 shelters – a number that’s expected to climb to 50,000 over the weekend.
“These are the same folks, the ones that are stuck on the roof, or stuck in the shelter, or stuck in their homes; they’re the same ones that came to our aide this time a year ago during hurricane Hermine”, said Sharon Tyler, with the Red Cross.
According to the corporation, more than 1,060 truckloads of supplies have shipped to affected areas so far, including 930 truckloads of water. They are on standby and may help field some of the calls for Texas.
Along with Red Cross partners, they have served more than 250,000 meals and snacks since the storm began.
Donations pay for the gas and equipment to power our feeding efforts.
Charlynn English volunteered with the Red Cross locally in 2007 and made a decision to come back as a volunteer after she saw all the devastating photos and videos of Houston. Volunteers are providing shelter, food and comfort for tens of thousands of residents who have been forced from their homes. Jeanne Yusko has volunteered in other disasters and said she was ready to help again.
The Red Cross has enough shelter supplies in Texas to support 28,000 people and supplies for an additional 22,000 people are being sent in now.
The Red Cross depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately.
The Los Angeles Lakers announced today that they will make a $100,000 donation to the American Red Cross to assist in the relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Harvey. These gifts enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. We understand flooding, we understand that loss, we understand that emotional toll and we get to go and provide help down to people that we don’t even know.