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Tropical Storm Harvey: How you can help those in need

(MGN Online) 


CALL 210-366-1434 to make your donation to the American Red Cross. We're taking calls from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Sirius Computer Solutions founder Harvey E. Najim will match up to $100,000 of your donations on Tuesday and another $100,000 of your donations on Wednesday.

Help for Rockport-Fulton

The mayor of Rockport is reporting they estimate no power for the next 2 to 3 weeks, and they are urging everyone to not return to the county until water and power are restored. The Chamber advised that gift cards would be the best way to help those displaced. Helen Thompson Media will be collecting $50 Visa, HEB, Home Depot and Lowe’s Gift Cards over the next few days. You can either drop off or mail to...

Helen Thompson Media
8035 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209
Attn: Stacey Schneider

Rockport-Fulton has also set up a GoFund me account...

Blood Donations

The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center is in dire need of blood donations to prepare South Texas Hospitals for Hurricane Harvey. The center says less than a day's supply is available.

Hospitals in Corpus Christi are reporting an influx of patients so the center is asking the public to donate right now. The center says although O negative and O positive blood is at critically low levels, all blood type donations are welcome.

All STBTC donor rooms will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The following locations will have extended hours.:

• Donor Pavilion, 6211 Interstate 10 West at First Park Ten Boulevard
• Northeast Donor Room, 8527 Village Drive, Suite 106
• Shavano Donor Room, 4079 N. Loop 1604 West, Suite 102
• Southeast Donor Room, 3158 SE Military Drive, Suite 104
• Westover Hills Donor Room, 10555 Culebra Road, Suite 107

If you'd like to donate, schedule a visit time by calling 210-731-5590 or visiting SouthTexasBlood.org.

Local district offices taking donations

Mayor Ron Nirenberg said you can drop off donations at a district office near you:

D1 Field Office
1310 Vance Jackson
8am - 8pm starting Aug. 28.

D2 Field Office
2805 E Commerce
9 am- 5 pm starting Aug. 28.

D3 Field Office
3319 Sidney Brooks
9 am- 5 pm starting Aug. 28

D4 Field Office
5102 Old Pearsall Rd
9 am -5 pm starting Aug. 28

D5 Field Offices
Collins Garden Library: 200 N. Park & Las Palmas: 803 Castroville Rd., Suite 218
9 am - 5 pm starting Aug. 28

D6 Field Office
8373 Culebra Rd, Suite 202
8 am - 8 pm starting Aug. 28

D7 Field Office
4414 Centerview, Suite 160
9:30 am - 8 pm starting Aug. 28

D8 Field Office
9830 Colonnade, Suite 165
8:30am to 8:00 pm starting Aug. 28

D9 Field Office
16500 San Pedro, Suite 290
8:30 am to 5 pm starting Aug. 28

D10 Field Office
1635 NE loop 410
9 am to 5 pm starting Aug. 28

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is providing shelter and meals to those impacted by the hurricane. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS for more information or text the word 'HARVEY' to 90999 to donate $10.

Click here to find a shelter near you. And click here for all of the top questions regarding storm response.

Metro Health

Metro Health is calling on medical volunteers to help in local shelters. Hundreds of patients from South Texas coastal regions evacuated over the weekend and continue to evacuate everyday.

"Without the medical volunteers assisting at the shelters, evacuees would be facing a far more dire situation," Mayor Ron Nirenberg said. "We are extremely grateful for their dedication and commitment to ensuring the health and wellness of our fellow Texans."

If you are a medical professional and you'd like to volunteer, call the Bexar County Medical Society at 210-301-4391 or click here to register.

311

Local residents can call 311 if interested in becoming a volunteer. You can also call 311 for any questions or updates on city services. Out of town visitors can call 210-207-6000 to reach the 311 call center.

Local hotels and lodging

Evacuees looking for hotel rooms in San Antonio can visit www.visitsanantonio.com/hurricane for price speicials for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Those fro designated disaster-prone areas and documented relief workers are temporarily expempt from all state and local hotel taxes until Sept. 6.

AT&T

AT&T customers can help those affected by Hurricane Harvey by texting 'Harvey' to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Cross. The company has also expanded impacted areas that will receive wireless credits. Read more here.

Other donations

The City of San Antonio says donations can be dropped off at the San Antonio Food Bank from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hurricane victims are in need of food, diapers, baby formula, pet supplies, hygiene products and unused clothing. Absolutely no used clothing will be accepted. Click here for more information on hours of operation and locations.

Tax relief

The IRS will be offering tax relief to those affected by Harvey. Those who live or have a business in Aransas, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Harris, Jackson, Kleberg, Liberty, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria, and Wharton Counties may qualify for tax relief.

The disaster declaration called for by President Trump will allow for the IRS to postpone certain deadlines for taxpayers who reside or have a business in the above disaster areas.

According to the IRS, "certain deadlines falling on or after Aug. 23, 2017 and before Jan. 31, 2018, are granted additional time to file through Jan. 31, 2018. This includes taxpayers who had a valid extension to file their 2016 return that was due to run out on Oct. 16, 2017. It also includes the quarterly estimated income tax payments originally due on Sept. 15, 2017 and Jan. 16, 2018, and the quarterly payroll and excise tax returns normally due on Oct. 31, 2017. In addition, penalties on payroll and excise tax deposits due on or after Aug. 23, 2017, and before Sept. 7, 2017, will be abated as long as the deposits were made by Sept. 7, 2017."

If you live in one of the disaster areas and you have received a a late payment penalty notice, please call the number below to have it abated.

For more information, call 866-562-5227.

GasBuddy

Gasbuddy is seeking the public's help in updating which areas don't, or do, have gas or power. This will help not only evacuees, but rescuers as well.

To help update the state of gas stations around the state, click here.

Temporary homes

Airbnb is offering to help to those having to evacuate their homes because of Hurricane Harvey. In events like this, Airbnb's Disaster Response Program connects local residents who have been displaced by a major weather event to temporary accommodations with local Airbnb hosts who are opening their homes free of charge. The program is being offered in San Antonio, Dallas and Austin until Sept. 1.

"Today, Airbnb activated our Disaster Response Program to assist residents in Texas evacuating coastal areas ahead of Hurricane Harvey. Through our program, those in need of temporary accommodations as a result - including emergency relief workers and volunteers - are able to connect with Airbnb hosts in the San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas areas who are opening their homes free of charge from now through Sept. 25.

"We encourage hosts in safe, inland areas to aid in this effort by listing their available rooms or homes on the platform to help the growing number of evacuees. Our thoughts continue to be with everyone in the path of the storm, and we thank the dedicated government and emergency response personnel who are keeping our communities safe."

If you are in need of a temporary home or would like to offer your home up for free, click here.

Mobile food banks

Feeding Texas will be utilizing mobile food banks to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The mobile crews will respond during the immediate aftermath of Harvey. So where will these mobile crews be? To get help for your community, call 2-1-1 or your local food bank for more information about where and when these public food distributions will take place. Once a federal disaster is declared, Texas will also have the option of activate "D-SNAP," a federally-funded program that helps provide food through EBT debit cards, according to Feeding Texas. If you are in an affected area, you can petition to have this program by calling the Texas Health and Human Services Commission at 877-787-8999. How can you donate? Contact your closest food bank below to see how you can volunteer or donate following the disaster. Likely affected food banks:

Houston Food Bank
(832) 369-9390
www.houstonfoodbank.org

Galveston Food Bank
(409) 945-4232
www.galvestoncountyfoodbank.org

Food Bank of the Golden Crescent (Victoria)
(361) 578-0591
www.victoriafoodbank.org
Closed Friday

Corpus Christi Food Bank
(361) 887-6291
www.foodbankcc.com

Southeast Texas Food Bank (Beaumont)
(409) 839-8777
www.setxfoodbank.org

Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley (Pharr)
956-682-8101
www.foodbankrgv.com

Brazos Valley Food Bank (Bryan)
(979) 779-3663
www.bvfb.org

Central Texas Food Bank (Austin)
(512) 282-2111
www.centraltexasfoodbank.org

San Antonio Food Bank
(210) 337-3663
www.safoodbank.org

Donations for children

The Texas Diaper Bank is taking precautions to help those displaced by Hurricane Harvey. The Diaper Bank is collecting diaper and cash donations to help families affected by Hurricane Harvey. Disaster relief organizations provide vital goods and services to families during disasters, but no agencies provide diapers that affect the youngest victims. The Texas Diaper Bank is creating disaster relief kits that include diapers and other baby necessities for families and individuals with children that have been displaced and effected by Hurricane Harvey. We urge the community to make a donation online via our website at www.TexasDiaperBank.org, or collect and drop off diapers at our location on 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, TX 78238. To volunteer to help create kits, please email ihelp@texasdiaperbank.org.

The Flying Saucer - San Antonio

Canned goods, bottled water, clothing (must be new), and other related donations will be accepted at the Flying Saucer located at 11255 Huebner Road until Sept. 8. It is open 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday-Saturday, and 11 a.m. to midnight on Sunday. All donations will be taken to the San Antonio Food Bank who will be taking all of the items, including non-food items, to Houston and its surrounding areas.


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