Weeks after Hurricane Harvey caused the largest flooding event in U.S. history, the American Red Cross continues to provide shelter, food, relief supplies and other support to help people whose lives were turned upside down.
The Red Cross is using generous donations to help people recover and get back on their feet, and this work will continue in the challenging weeks and months ahead.
Harvey Donations at Work
- Donations pay for Red Cross shelters and the volunteers who are supporting them. Overnight, more than 540 people stayed in 3 Red Cross and partner shelters across Texas.
- Donations pay to transport the more than 630 Red Cross disaster workers on the ground in Texas now.
- Donations pay for the more than 4.5 million meals and snacks served in Texas and Louisiana, with the help of partners.
- Donations pay for the gas and equipment to power feeding efforts. Trailers of kitchen supplies are on the ground to support 16 kitchens, each able to produce 10,000 meals a day.
- Donations pay for the 163 emergency response vehicles activated to help deliver meals and relief supplies across the hardest-hit areas of Texas.
- Donations pay for the more than 124,000 mental health and health services to support and care for people in Texas and Louisiana.
- Donations pay for relief items like diapers and comfort kits that contain deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other hygiene items for people forced from their homes – more than 1.6 million have been distributed in Texas and Louisiana.
- As of October 9, the Red Cross has authorized payment of $400 to more than 477,000 households severely affected by Hurricane Harvey. That’s more than $190 million in direct financial assistance, and we continue to process applications.
Learn more about our Harvey response in our one-month report.