How You Can Help: Recovering from Hurricane Ike

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Donate to the Relief Funds

Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund
Mayor Bill White has announced that a relief fund has been set up by the city of Houston. Donations in the form of checks can be mailed to:
Houston Ike Relief Fund
4550 Post Oak Place Ste 100
Houston, TX 77027

Bush Clinton Coastal Recovery Fund
Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton have set up a fund to help Ike victims. To donate, log onto

Other Groups Needing Donations:
    Individuals and businesses can donate food, water and essential items by dropping them off at their facility. The most needed items are: Canned tuna or chicken, packed in water, canned stews and pasta with meat (easy on salt and fat) Peanut butter Canned fruits in light syrup, natural applesauce 100% juice in cans or boxes (no glass, please) Canned vegetables, tomatoes, tomato sauce Soups with meat and/or beans, meal-in-a-can (easy on salt and fat) Cereals and cereal bars (easy on sugar and fat) Pasta, spaghetti, macaroni, noodles Packages of dry beans
    ** Please choose plastic containers or canned items rather than glass

    Desperate need for hay and water tanks in Chambers County
    If you want to help ranchers by donating hay or water tanks, you can call the Texas Department of Agriculture at 877-429-1998.

    Visit their website, or call them at 1.866.GIV.ARMY (866.448.2769).

  • Blood donors need at St. Luke's Hospital.
    All types needed, type O is critically short.
  • St. Luke's Hospital Page
  • Blood Donor Info

  • United Way of Greater Houston
    United Way of Greater Houston has established a United Way Hurricane Recovery Fund. We are asking area corporations to continue their strong support of the annual campaign, while making a separate gift to the United Way Hurricane Recovery Fund. To make a corporate contribution, please contact

    How You Can Volunteer
    Subject: Hurricane Ike Volunteers Needed For Relief Efforts, Mayor's Office

    Volunteers are urgently needed to assist with Hurricane Ike relief efforts. Individuals who are interested in volunteering can assist at various locations throughout Houston and Harris County, including the Points of Distribution Centers (P.O.D.s) and area non-profit agencies and shelters.

    To volunteer or for more information, please call the volunteer line at 713-965-0031 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Non-profit agencies needing volunteers may also call the volunteer line with their requests.

    Other Organizations Calling Out for Volunteers

    The Houston Food Bank is calling for volunteers to help sort, process and box food and other necessities for distribution to its member agencies -- church pantries, shelters and other relief agencies -- to assist with recovery from Hurricane Ike. Volunteers ages 8 and older are needed between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. DAILY at the Houston Food Bank, 3811 Eastex Freeway. Volunteers can register in advance at or in person when they arrive. Volunteers are asked to wear closed-toe shoes and shirts with sleeves. For more information, please contact the Houston Food Bank at 713-223-3700.
    Church and Community Group Efforts

    9701 Almeda Genoa Rd.
    Houston, TX 77075
    CT Church in Southeast Houston, partnered with Convoy of Hope, is helping with recovery efforts by giving away several thousand pounds of food, ice and water to those effected by Ike starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17. Families will be able to drive through assembly lines in the church parking lot and volunteers will load cars with groceries, water and ice. For more information regarding this effort please contact Susan Nordin, Events Coordinator at CT Church, at 713-254-3131.
    What Organizations Need
    Blood donors need at St. Luke's Hospital.
    All types needed, type O is critically short.
  • St. Luke's Hospital Page
  • Blood Donor Info

    Red Cross and Salvation Army
    Right now, the American Red Cross and Salvation Army need these specific items to help the hurricane relief effort:
  • American Red Cross needs gas-powered generators for shelters.
  • Salvation Army needs a 100,000-square-foot warehouse located in Harris County with loading docks and bathrooms to store and distribute donations. Facility needs to have power, parking and easy access to tollways or major freeways. If you can help meet these needs, please contact Bob Canino at 713-685-2860 or
    Status Reports from Community Groups

    Alzheimer's Association, Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter
    Until our offices are able to open, you can receive information and support by calling our toll free number at 800-272-3900. This number is staffed by our colleagues at our national office in Chicago. Like many of you, we don't know when we will regain power or phones. Once we have power, our offices will reopon - we'll send out a notice that we're back. In the mean time, best wishes for all of you during the post-Ike period.

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