5 ways to help out after Harvey in Lake Travis/Westlake this weekend, Aug. 31-Sept. 4

24BackPacks is collecting school supplies through an online supply drive until the end of September.

24BackPacks is collecting school supplies through an online supply drive until the end of September.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Central Texas residents can donate their time, supplies or funds to help affected Gulf Coast residents.

1. Stop by Beachside Billy’s

Beachside Billy’s is holding a Beach To Beach Benefit event all weekend, donating 50 percent of revenue for Hurricane relief in Port Aransas and Rockport.

Starting 4 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Various prices. Beachside Billy’s, 16107 FM 2769, Volente. 512-258-5110. www.beachsidebillys.com

2. Donate to fund for school supplies

The Texas Rural Education Association will distribute funds and supplies to schools in rural districts along the Texas coast affected by Hurricane Harvey. Pam Waggoner, president of the Leander ISD board of trustees, is leading the charge to collect school supplies. Readers can learn more and find out how to donate here.

3. Attend a benefit concert

Several benefit concerts take place throughout the Austin area this weekend, raising money and supplies for nonprofits. Check out this list of 9 weekend benefit concert events.

4. Drop off donations at The Oasis on Lake Travis

The Oasis on Lake Travis is collecting bottled water, diapers, nonperishable food, paper towels, toilet paper, trash bags and work gloves for residents affected by the hurricane during the long weekend.

Donations can be dropped off between 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. Oasis Gift Shop, 6550 Comanche Trail, Austin. 512-226-0109. www.oasis-austin.com

5. Donate blood

Central Texas blood donations are in high demand after Hurricane Harvey. Eligible donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 115 pounds and be healthy to donate. Find out how to contribute.

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