Former Hurricane Harvey dumped 50 plus inches of rain in areas in and around Houston since making landfall Aug. 25 causing catastrophic flooding and leaving thousands of residents in shelters.
Relief and rescue efforts are underway, and many have begun making donations for those relief efforts.
As part of the Florida Realtors statewide effort, the Navarre Area Board of Realtors is collecting hygiene products for “Totes of Hope.” Items can be dropped off at their office at 1917 Navarre School Road until noon Friday, Sept. 1.
Locally the Navarre Krewe of Jesters has also setup a donation drop off location at 87 Garage at 2140 State Road 87. They are collecting non-perishable food items, water, paper products such as paper towels and toilet paper, baby items and personal hygiene products. Donations can be dropped off here until 6 p.m. Aug. 31.
One Blood has also requested locals step up and donate for relief efforts. The next local blood drive will be Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at St. Sylvester Catholic Church, 6464 Gulf Breeze Parkway.
When it comes to donating money, some have taken advantage of these situations in the past. To combat the scammers, the Better Business Bureau has published a list of verified organization providing immediate relief and rescue efforts in the affected area. The BBB uses 20 criteria to verify the validity of these organizations:
- American Red Cross
- Church World Service
- Direct Relief
- GlobalGiving Foundation
- Houston Food Bank
- Houston Humane Society
- Humane Society of the United States
- Islamic Relief USA
- MAP International
- Operation USA
- Salvation Army
- Save the Children
- United Methodist Committee on Relief
- United Way of Greater Houston
The BBB also provides Give.org where individual charities have been vetted and rated so donors can check before they donate.
For more information on ongoing relief efforts and avoiding scams pick up the Sept. 7 issue of the Navarre Press or subscribe.