In 2015, Kiawah Island faced a 1000-year flood event, followed the next year by the damaging winds and rain of Hurricane Matthew. Texas was one of the states that supported South Carolina with Hurricane Matthew relief. A few days ago, Hurricane Harvey made a catastrophic landfall in coastal Texas as a category 4 storm, and rainfall from the storm has not yet stopped. Texas now faces disastrous record rainfall and hurricane damage across a large eastern section of the state.
Some communities are destroyed, while others are underwater and facing the prospect of more rainfall. Thousands of families are displaced. The many Kiawah Island property owners who call the area home are now confronting one of the most significant natural disasters in American history. Kiawah Islanders are asked to stand with Texas by giving financial support to disaster relief charities in these areas, which have been working ceaselessly to help these communities. Following are just a few of the many organizations providing aid:
American Red Cross
Providing an immediate volunteer response, the Red Cross established emergency shelters, with food and supplies, for families evacuated from their homes across the region. Donations of at least $10 can be made by calling 1-800-733-2767, texting HARVEY to 90999 or through the Red Cross website.
The Salvation Army is providing food and shelter to victims, while lending a hand with cleanup. The organization is also collaborating with local, state and federal governments to develop and execute a long-term disaster relief and recovery plan. Visit the Salvation Army website or text STORM to 51555 to give.
The Catholic Charities provide immediate relief to storm victims, including cash assistance, food, water, personal care supplies, cleaning materials and more. The group assesses the needs of disaster survivors and works with them over the long term to meet their needs. Visit the Catholic Charities website.
Feeding Texas is a statewide nonprofit that works alongside state and federal relief efforts. The organization coordinates with the state and other providers so that relief reaches families quickly and the ‘second disaster’ of an unorganized response is avoided.
People With Disabilities
Portlight Strategies facilitates projects involving people with disabilities, including post-disaster relief work. The organization reports its disaster hotline has received urgent requests from people in need.