Organizations for Harvey relief urge social media use among college students

Amazon, Microsoft, Starbucks donate to American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey relief fund

"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. "I am working closely with my team at BeyGOOD as well as my pastor (Rudy Rasmus at St. John's in downtown Houston) to implement a plan to help as many as we can". The Houston Police Department alone has rescued more than 3,500 people from flood waters.

"Right now we're focusing our resources on the Chetco Bar Wildfire, and preparing for deployment activity to Harvey".

Scott Salemme, CEO of the Greater Chesapeake Region Red Cross, said the disaster from what was Hurricane Harvey is comparable to Hurricane Katrina.

Charities are stepping up their donation requests in the wake of Harvey, a severe, Category 4 hurricane that has devastated South Texas and could still lead to worse flooding in the days ahead. Numerous hospitals, nursing facilities and dialysis centers are closed.

NBC CT, Big Y, and the American Red Cross previous partnered together on a relief drive in 2016 to help victims of Hurricane Matthew. Schools and airports are closed and hundreds of thousands of people are still without power. "It provides shelter and food in those communities", said American Red Cross spokeswoman Josett Valdez.

Flooding continues to be an issue in areas affected by Harvey.

Disaster relief efforts in the region align with Boeing´s ongoing commitment to the communities where the company has a presence. More than 80 tractor-trailer loads of cots, blankets, ready-to-eat meals, comfort kits, kitchen supplies and cleaning supplies are now on the ground in Texas. More than half of our emergency response fleet - 200 Emergency Response Vehicles - have been activated for the operation.

- The American Red Cross is accepting donations on its website.

The Red Cross team, 33 Mexican nationals, were flying to Dallas.

Red Cross Southern Maryland chapter has about 400 volunteers in St. Mary's, Calvert, Charles and Anne Arundel counties, according to Marshall.

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