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Pamela Guccione | 28 Agosto, 2017, 20:10

The threat from Hurricane Harvey is far from over as extremely unsafe flooding continues in Texas and parts of Louisiana. Officials say they expect 300,000 people to end up in emergency shelters and 450,000 people to register as disaster victims with federal government. The Communications Director doesn't know how many volunteers will be deployed yet, but she said the number will be "significant".

The remnants of Hurricane Harvey (once a Category 4 storm) have dumped feet of rain on the city.

The American Red Cross is hoping for your help in their Operation Helping Hand program.

Hundreds of Red Cross Volunteers from all over the country are on the ground in Houston and that includes volunteers from Washington state.

"We've got cots, we've got blankets also we've got teddy bears for kids", said Cindy Ericson, CEO of Red Cross of Eastern Missouri. On Sunday night, comedian Kevin Hart pledged to donate $25,000 to the American Red Cross in an Instagram video where he challenged other comedians and celebs to do the same.

These donations will also bring volunteers in to help with the cleanup process, health services, mental health services, and many other helpful groups.


Right now, about 35 people from the local Red Cross are in Texas.

Red Cross Donations can be made at www.MoneyGram.com or any MoneyGram agent location in the U.S. All donations should be submitted to "Red Cross Disaster Relief" under receive code 2540. "We're there to provide it", another volunteer said.

The Red Cross depends on financial donations to be able to give immediate relief in disaster situations, and Benjamin said there is an urgent need for donations.

Ten volunteers with the New Jersey chapter of the American Red Cross were sent to Texas as part of a massive relief effort in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. You can simply donate by texting "HARVEY" to 90999.

Those searching for a way to help Texans impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey need look no further than iTunes or the iOS App Store.

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