Thousands of hurricane refugees need your help.
Harvey was the biggest hurricane to hit the U.S. since 2005 and the biggest to hit Texas since 1961. The storm has dropped up to 50 inches of rain on the Houston area and killed 70 people. More than 30,000 people have been forced to seek emergency shelter.
Now we’re facing Irma — the most intense hurricane to strike the U.S. since Katrina. The storm is currently causing widespread evacuations and damage across Florida.
In the spirit of service, please consider organizing events on your campus to support victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Tens of thousands of people could benefit from your help.
There are lots of easy fundraisers that you can organize on campus that don’t require much work. For example:
- Hold a “text-2-give” table. Stop people and ask them to “text HARVEY to 90999” or “text IRMA to 90999” to make a $10 donation to the Red Cross’s relief efforts. The $10 will automatically be added to their next phone bill.
- Organize an emergency blood drive on your campus. The hurricanes have forced the cancellation of dozens of scheduled blood drives across the south, causing a shortage in the blood supply. Your local blood drive can help make sure that hospitals nationwide have enough blood on hand.
- Organize a spare change drive on your campus.
- Organize a benefit concert featuring local bands.
- There are countless other ways to raise money — we look forward to seeing what ideas you come up with!
Many of the biggest fundraisers are supporting the Red Cross’s relief efforts. However, there are lots of groups doing good work, so feel free to support someone else. Here are some good charities that are helping Harvey victims.