As the death toll continues to rise and millions are still left without electricity, the people of Texas are in need of assistance.
As of Wednesday morning (Feb. 17), nearly three million Texas businesses and homes are without power as below-freezing temperatures continue to sweep the state. Over 23 people have died in several states since the winter storms began, including a family of four who died in a house fire in Sugar Land, Texas, where the power was out.
Earlier this week, President Joe Biden declared a state of emergency for the Lone Star State, which makes people eligible to receive federal aid. Relief from the government is not expected until the weekend, although the need for help is immediate. Here are some places that you can donate to now.
The American Red Cross is supporting over 30 warming centers equipped with cots and blankets across the state. The Salvation Army is providing food, shelter and other necessities to those in need.
In Austin, Urban League started the #LoveThyNeighborTX campaign to raise funds for water, hotel rooms, food, clothing, and other basic needs in housing insecure neighborhoods.
Free Lunch is a meal support program in Austin that focuses on supporting those who are experiencing homelessness. The organization provides healthy meals to people and is currently working on building its own garden to plan meals based on the season.
The Union Gospel Mission offers help to the men, women and children of Dallas throughout the year. The company provides food, shelter, clothing and basic clinic services to those who are trying to obtain employment.
Pets Alive is working to keep pets across Texas safe and warm. They are currently in need of monetary donations, heating pads, dog beds, heat lamps and styrofoam coolers.
Click here to donate to any of the listed organizations.