Donating money is best way to help Hurricane Harvey relief effort

Here's how you can help the victims of Hurricane Harvey

The Gravity star - who has a home in Texas and has always been a supporter of the American Red Cross - said she's hoping that the vast natural disaster that pounded Houston and the surrounding Gulf Coast region will convince people to look beyond political divides and come together to help those in need.

"Social media has the potential to expand the reach of information exponentially and if one share can cause one person to donate, we are able to help more individuals and families", Shea said via email.

Combs was sent to work on staffing, mostly to make sure volunteers are checked in and that they go to their proper work sites, said Erica Richardson, the organization's regional disaster workforce engagement manager.

The Red Cross has a long reputation as an agency that helps those in need, especially when disasters hit. As of early Wednesday morning, 19 people were confirmed dead as a result of the storm. Water rescues are still occurring and numerous hospitals and nursing facilities are evacuating patients and residents.

"As always, the people of western Kentucky are doing their part in the relief effort", Rowe said.

All of the funds will go directly to the American Red Cross which has been providing volunteers, shelters and supplies for those affected by the hurricane. Throughout the night, emergency responders continued to bring rescued families to shelters and thousands of evacuees streamed in on their own.

If you prefer to give locally, support groups firmly rooted in the affected area.

"It's been a tragic weekend, and unfortunately, the worst is yet to come", says Brad Kieserman, vice president of Disaster Services and Logistics for the Red Cross. More than half of our emergency response fleet - 200 Emergency Response Vehicles - have been activated for the operation. Blood donations are always encouraged and the Red Cross stands ready to provide blood products as needed.

The Red Cross team, 33 Mexican nationals, were flying to Dallas. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

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