How Houstonians can help those affected by Hurricane Ida

Here is how Houstonians can help those affected by Hurricane Ida. (Courtesy Pexel)

Here is how Houstonians can help those affected by Hurricane Ida. (Courtesy Pexel)

After Hurricane Ida struck Southeast Louisiana Aug. 29 as a Category 4 storm, several Houston-area businesses and nonprofits stepped up to collect donations for relief efforts. Those looking to lend a hand can volunteer or make a donation to the following Houston-area-based organizations and businesses.

National Association of Christian Churches

The city of Houston teamed up with the National Association of Christian Churches, or NACC, to provide shelter for over 120 evacuees. To volunteer or donate supplies call 832-626-7111.

Gallery Furniture

Gallery Furniture owner Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale responded to Hurricane Ida by accepting evacuees at his store locations. Known for his contributions during times of need, McIngvale teamed up with several area organizations to send a crew of volunteers and supplies to Southeast Louisiana. Donations to the effort can be made at


Houston-area locations of national grocery chain Kroger are providing food donations for families in need in the New Orleans area. At the checkout counters, shoppers can donate $6 to provide nonperishable and ready-to-eat meals and snacks. Find a Kroger location at

Houston Food Bank

The Houston Food Bank is leading a relief effort in Southeast Louisiana, bringing food, water and supplies to those in need. Rather than accepting food or water donations, the food bank suggests donating money to the cause or hosting a fundraiser via social media. Find out more at or by calling 713-223-3700.

West Houston Ministries

West Houston Ministries is hosting Hurricane Ida evacuees and also helping those looking to relocate to Houston either temporarily or permanently. The organization is requesting donations of nonperishable food, toiletries, adult and child diapers, water, laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, gas station gift cards and other household items.

Drop off donations on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays from 1-4 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 10501 Meadowglen, Houston. Monetary donations can be made at

Tomball Farmers Market

Visitors of the Tomball Farmers Market can drop off supply donations on Sept. 4 and Sept. 11. Volunteers with Tomball Dodge, Tomball Ford and Houston Jeep Freaks will deliver supplies to Southeast Louisiana. Accepted items include baby formula, nonperishable food, face masks, toiletries, feminine hygiene products, medical supplies, batteries, new and gently-used clothing, blankets, sleeping bags, cleaning supplies, mosquito repellent, and bottled water.

Visit or call Andy Lopez at 281-787-6062 for more information.

Jackie’s Brickhouse

Kemah restaurant Jackie's Brickhouse is serving as a drop-off point through Sept. 6 for donations from residents in the Bay Area. Accepted items include tarps, blankets, batteries, flash lights, cases of water, toilet paper, diapers, feminine products, toothpaste, toothbrushes, pet food, soap, deodorant, dry or wet shampoo, conditioner, baby wipes, hair brushes, socks, coloring books, crayons, markers and easy activities for kids. Bakkhus Taverna, another Kemah restaurant, is collaborating with Jackie’s Brickhouse and accepting donations for the same drive.

Jackie’s Brickhouse

1053 Marina Bay Drive, Kemah


Bakkhus Taverna

605 6th Street, Kemah

By Emma Whalen
Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Houston City Hall reporter. Previously, she covered public health, education and features for several Austin-area publications. A Boston native, she is a former student athlete and alumna of The University of Texas at Austin.


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