PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Harvey hasn't moved much since it made landfall Friday evening in Texas. As a result, it's unleashed a tremendous amount of rain. Many are measuring in feet with more on the way.
A few organizations are promising to help victims of the storm. Above all, law enforcement officers recommend donating money only through a reputable company or charity. Don't give out your social security number or other personal information to someone.
Here's some ways you can help:
1. The American Red Cross is accepting monetary donations and the volunteers to go to Texas. Jerry Kindle, the Executive Director for the Northwest Florida Chapter of the American Red Cross, told us if you'd like to donate, you can do so on its official website, in-person, over the phone, or by mailing a check. You can also call for more information on the need for volunteers. The Red Cross will organized transportation for volunteers.
2. The Salvation Army also recommends sending a monetary donation. They already have some supplies they'll pack up Tuesday. Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to help.
3. Bay Medical Sacred Heart is teaming up with WaterStreet Seafood in Apalachicola to collect supplies for those affected by Harvey. Donations can be dropped off at the Panama City hospital in the Trauma Service office located at the Women's and Children's entrance. Donations will be taken through Monday, September 4.
They're looking for:
Toiletries/hygiene products, canned food, diapers, formula, wipes, dog and cat food, tarps, rakes, blankets, bottled water, and flashlights.
4. The Franklin County Sheriff's Office wants to fill a trailer and deliver items to Texas to help those affected by Harvey. Officials said the trailer will be parked in Downtown Apalachicola beside the 13 Mile Seafood retail location Tuesday through Friday. They're asking for water, canned goods, toiletries, diapers, baby food, blankets, pillows and any new clothing items. Contact the Sheriff's Office if you need items picked up.
5. Holmes Valley Community Church in Vernon is sending trucks to Texas for storm relief. They're leaving at the end of the week and are trying to collect as many food items and donations as possible.
Donations are being accepted at the church on 3685 Reno Drive in Vernon.
Other drop off sites for the church include:
3312 McFatter Avenue in Vernon
1378 North Railroad Avenue in Chipley
690 East Highway 90 in Bonifay
The church is looking for canned foods, water, clothing, baby clothes, diapers, bottles.
If you know of any other places taking donations, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll add to this list.