Red Cross asking people NOT to donate clothing, household goods, etc

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As Hurricane Harvey continues to cause destruction in Houston and along the Gulf Coast of Texas, organizations throughout the country are stepping up relief efforts to help those affected by the storm.

"I'm just grateful I can do it", Bullock said in a statement.

They were taking emergency supplies to help replenish shelters for victims who have left their homes due to rising flood waters. "It's been a tragic weekend, and unfortunately, the worst is yet to come".

Nearly 100 people from the Greater Chesapeake Region Red Cross are deploying to Texas to help hurricane victims.

The remnants of Hurricane Harvey continue to be a threat as extremely unsafe flooding continues in Texas and parts of Louisiana.

"Once the storm passes there will be literally thousands of houses that will need to be gutted", Agee said.

Charities are stepping up their donation requests in the wake of Harvey, a severe, Category 4 hurricane that has devastated South Texas and could still lead to worse flooding in the days ahead. More than 1,800 people took refuge from the deadly storm Saturday night in 34 Red Cross and community shelters in Texas. The Red Cross honors donor intent, and your donation will be designated specifically to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. While it does not rate charities, it provides basic financial data about them and allows nonprofits to upload information about their programs and results that you can use to help make your giving decisions.

Be cautious about gifts of clothing, food or other in-kind donations. Sending cash is typically the most efficient way to get help to those who need it most. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and United States and allied government customers in 150 countries.

Scott Salemme, CEO of the Greater Chesapeake Region Red Cross, said the disaster from what was Hurricane Harvey is comparable to Hurricane Katrina.

"As always, the people of western Kentucky are doing their part in the relief effort", Rowe said.

The American Red Cross says more than 17,000 evacuees are now at shelters in Texas.