With 6.8 million people already affected by Hurricane Harvey and more rain and flooding still to come, the people in Texas need the support of everyone around the world.
Charles Soule, writer of Astonishing X-Men and Daredevil for Marvel Comics, put out a call to his fans to donate to the Red Cross to support its disaster relief efforts, offering to match donations up to a thousand dollars. Soule's fans came through, donating more than enough for Soule to match the full $1000 donation. Soule posted on Twitter:
Thank you to everyone who helped, whether via a donation, RTs, etc. Now, just crossing my fingers for the people down there.
— Charles Soule (@CharlesSoule) August 27, 2017
If you missed out on the chance, you can still donate. Besides donating on their website with credit card or paypal, the Red Cross has set up a system where you can call 1-800-RED CROSS or text HARVEY to 90999 to make a ten dollar donation to disaster relief efforts.
Here in the comics community, Incredible Hulk writer Greg Pak is donating 100% of proceeds from two books on his website to the North Texas food bank, and you can learn more about that here. And here's some other ways you can help out
The Salvation Army has three ways you can donate:
— Salvation Army EDS (@SalArmyEDS) August 27, 2017
Or for animal lovers, you can donate to Austin Pets Alive:
— Austin Pets Alive! (@austinpetsalive) August 24, 2017
If you've got some extra room, Airbnb has created a service allowing people to offer people displaced by the hurricane a place to stay:
Airbnb has activated our host community to open their homes for $0 for those evacuating for Hurricane Harvey. https://t.co/bSXZPgh1HE
— Airbnb Help (@AirbnbHelp) August 25, 2017
You can also donate blood, and if you're 14 or older, you can volunteer to help out directly with Samaritan's Purse. These are, of course, only a few of the organizations that are offering ways to contribute to the effort, so check with your favorite charities or local organizations to see if they have their own drive set up.