How Houstonians can help after Hurricane Laura

The Salvation Army brought water and face masks to the George Floyd demonstrations in Houston. Now, they have been activated to assist those affected by Hurricane Laura in East Texas and Louisiana. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Salvation Army brought water and face masks to the George Floyd demonstrations in Houston. Now, they have been activated to assist those affected by Hurricane Laura in East Texas and Louisiana. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Salvation Army brought water and face masks to the George Floyd demonstrations in Houston. Now, they have been activated to assist those affected by Hurricane Laura in East Texas and Louisiana. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Houston area was spared the most severe effects of Hurricane Laura, which developed into a Category 4 storm overnight Aug. 26. Those looking to help residents along the Texas-Louisiana border can volunteer with or donate to a variety of organizations on both sides of the state line that have teamed up in this time of need.

Houston Food Bank

The Houston Food Bank is organizing volunteers as well as food and supply drives for those affected by Hurricane Laura. To limit the spread of the coronavirus, the food bank is encouraging those interested in helping to make financial donations or host virtual fundraisers.


The American Red Cross of the Gulf Coast Region

The American Red Cross is accepting donations specifically for Hurricane Laura relief. The organization uses funds to run blood drives, run emergency shelters and help with case management for families and individuals affected by disasters. The Red Cross is also accepting applications for various volunteer opportunities related to Hurricane Laura or for future needs.


Tomball Farmers Market

Donations for hurricane victims will be accepted by the Northwest Houston Church at the Tomball Farmers market August 29 from 9 a.m.-noon. Items needed include N95 masks, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bottled water, 5-gallon buckets, tarps, zip-close bags, new brooms and mops, contractor bags spray bottles, eye protection, and utility knives or razor blades. The drive will also accept cash donations and Home Depot or Lowe's gift cards to be distributed through various disaster relief organizations. Find more information here.

205 W. Main St., Tomball


Lakewood Church

Lakewood Church is accepting donations of bottled water, baby wipes, formula and diapers daily until 6 p.m. through Aug. 29.

3700 Southwest Freeway, Houston


Ecclesia Houston

Supply donations will be accepted at Ecclesia Houston on Aug. 31 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sept. 5 from 10 a.m.=1 p.m. The church is seeking financial donations as well as generators, tarps, chainsaws, extension cords and masks.


The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is seeking supplies and financial donations for use in post-Hurricane Laura assistance.


Crowdsource Rescue

Houston-based Crowdsource Rescue activated rescue teams ahead of Hurricane Laura and is accepting donations as well as organizing additional volunteers as needed for debris removal and other post-disaster assistance.

Relief Gang

Houston rapper and activist Trae Tha Truth’s organization Relief Gang is coordinating volunteers to help post-disaster assistance. Relief Gang was established after Hurricane Harvey and has assisted in disaster recovery throughout the region since 2017. Interested volunteers are asked to email [email protected] with “street team” in the subject line and to provide their name, phone number and area of town.


Cajun Navy Relief & Rescue

Cajun Navy Relief & Rescue is one of several similarly-named volunteer groups based in Louisiana assisting those in need during and after disasters. Those interested in helping can donate or sign up for volunteer opportunities.


United Cajun Navy

The United Cajun Navy is seeking water, gasoline and generators in response to the aftermath of Hurricane Laura. Those interested in helping can also sign up for volunteer opportunities.


Save the Children

Save the Children, a 100-year old British charitable organization focused on disaster relief, has an emergency response team and staff stationed in Louisiana and Texas. They are taking donations and delivering displaced items to families in need including hygiene kits, diapers, wipes and cribs.

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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