The TJC family has shown its compassionate nature as numerous students, faculty and staff have been asking how they can help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
While many people feel the need to immediately go to the disaster areas, it is important that the recovery teams have the opportunity to do their work first.
There are, however, ways that you can help now here in Tyler. Below is a list of organizations that need volunteers or donations to help the flood victims. These organizations have the experience and knowledge to provide immediate and meaningful help in these kinds of disasters. A temporary web page has been set up with the ways you can help. Feel free to share this information with students – donations of time as a volunteer are greatly appreciated at the organizations listed.
- Donate to the American Red Cross. This is the largest disaster response the ARC has ever had and relief efforts will continue for months. To donate, click here: www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-harvey. For those wishing to make a monetary donation, you may do so to the charity of your choice, but no monetary donations will be accepted by TJC at this time.
- Volunteer at the East Texas Food Bank. The ETFB needs volunteers to help sort and package food that will be sent to the disaster areas. To volunteer, visit www.easttexasfoodbank.org. Or, to securely donate over the phone, call 903-597-3663, or donate online noting Harvey relief.
- Donate blood. Blood banks in Houston and surrounding areas are not able to collect donations so the blood supplies are being replenished from areas outside of the affected areas. Carter Blood Care will have its mobile donation unit at TJC on Friday, September 1. Set up an appointment to donate at https://ww2.greatpartners.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/92124 or call 903-363-0400 to set up an appointment to donate at the Carter Blood Care Center at 815 S Baxter Ave, Tyler, TX 75701.
- Donate items that are needed now in emergency shelters. Non-perishable food and other supplies will be collected and transported to shelters. Bring your donations to the Center for Student Life on the 2nd floor of Rogers Student Center. Items needed are:
- Non-perishable ready-to-eat foods, preferably with easy open tops (such as peanut butter, canned meats, canned fruit, etc.)
- New underwear and socks (Note: used clothing is not being accepted.)
- Toiletries (such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, soap, etc.)
- Diapers and baby wipes
- Baby formula
- Other charities to consider are Salvation Army or Samaritan’s Purse as both of these organizations are mobilizing to support long-term disaster recovery efforts and provide ongoing assistance to those in need. Colonial Hills Baptist Church at 7330 S. Broadway Ave is distributing goods to evacuees who arrive in Tyler. For more information, contact Colonial Hills Baptist Church at 903-561-9995.
- TJC Football plays Texas A&T, a team from the Houston area, 1 p.m. Sunday, September 3 at Rose Stadium. Receive free general admission by donating items for victims of Harvey. The items collected on Sunday will be delivered to TJC's Center for Student Life for coordination and distribution to shelters in need. See the list above for items to bring.
Individuals directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey are encouraged to call 211 for a complete list of area resources.
Other efforts are being organized to help the flood victims. For example, our own Apache Belles and Band are lifting the spirits of some South Texas nursing home residents this week who are temporarily staying in Tyler.
Please contact Lauren Tyler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 903-510-2611 in the Center for Student Life if you would like to help with this ongoing relief effort - remember it is important that the TJC family makes the most of our resources and works together to make the biggest impact.