How to help: ETX lends a helping hand to victims of Harvey

How to help: ETX lends a helping hand to victims of Harvey

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - East Texans are coming together and doing their part to help those affected by Tropical Storm Harvey.

If you'd like to make a difference, here's how you can help in your county.

Henderson County:

  • Athens First Presbyterian Church will begin accepting donations for hurricane relief efforts starting  Monday, from 8:30am-5:30 pm in the fellowship hall. Monetary donations and gift cards are also welcomed. 100% of all donations will go towards the Coastal Bend relief efforts in conjunction with first responders. Volunteers are also needed to accept donations. Just stop by the church to volunteer all week.
  • Donations include bottled water, easy-open nonperishable food, tarps, trash bags & clean up supplies, etc. no clothing at this time.

 Gregg County: 

Longview Dream Center and J-Star Ministries

  • The Longview Dream Center and J-Star Ministries are partnering together to collect items for the Houston Flood victims. They are accepting water/Gatorade, snacks, diapers, gloves, baby formula, personal hygiene items, trash bags, bleach, wipes, toilet paper/paper towels, canned goods.
  • Items can be dropped between 9 and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
  • Longview Dream Center is located at 803 Gilmer Road, Longview.
  • For questions contact 903-424-1757 or 903-746-9946

Lobo Cheer

  • Lobo Cheer is setting up a donation station for Hurricane Harvey Relief. The drop off location will be at the sophomore parking lot at Longview High School.
  • Tables will be set up Monday night at 5:30. All items can be dropped off there.
  • Asking for shoebox size care packages with bathroom necessities or anything that you feel would be needed in an emergency situation.
  • This will be delivered to the American Red Cross which will be delivered by Lobo cheer.

The Harvester Center Church

  • Items to be dropped off at Teddy Ott Allstate by 5 p.m. Monday
  • Donations will be taken to Houston tomorrow
  • Currently collecting Gatorade, Powerade, snacks, hygiene items, baby wipes, baby diapers, large trash bags, flashlights, batteries.
  • not accepting clothing

St. Matthew's Catholic Church

  • Beginning Tuesday at 8 a.m. through Thursday Representative Jay Dean will be collecting donated items at the John Paul II Family Center
  • 2904 Arrow Lane in Longview
  • Rep Dean organized the local collection drive in Gregg County.
  • Volunteers are needed to receive and sort collected items.
  • Collecting bottled water, toiletries, towels, bedding, blankets, storage tubs and totes, clothing (socks and undergarments), trash bags, hand sanitizer, box fans, paper towels, plastic ware, feminine hygiene products, canned goods and non-perishable food items, and diapers.
  • If you are unable to donate goods, consider making a financial donation using the following link. All proceeds will go directly to the purchase of items requested by the shelters housing the victims of the hurricane.
  • Are you free to help? Please email Jay at with your name, phone number, and availability. You can also call Sharon Williamson at 903-238-8452.

Elderville-Lakeport VFD

  • Items can be dropped off at the Fire Station at 8875 FM 2011E, Longview, TX 75603

Excel Pre-Owned SuperCenter

  • 4288 Highway 259, North Longview, 75605
  • accepting donations of bottled water, nonperishable food items, blankets, sheets, toiletries, etc.
  • 52 trucks are being packed up. Volunteers are leaving Friday at 6 p.m.
  • For questions call 903-663-9737

Sabine High School:

  • Sabine High School has partnered with Port Aransas ISD.
  • Asking for cash donations to reach a goal of $6,000 for the school district
  • Donations can be made at any school in Sabine ISD.

Smith County:

East Texas Food Bank in Tyler

  • The East Texas Food Bank is accepting monetary, food and cleaning material donations to provide provisions for those who have been affected by the storm and are seeking help at our partner agencies.
  • Food items such as pop-top meat/fish, powdered milk, cereal, canned fruits and peanut butter/jelly will be accepted at our distribution center in Tyler.
  • Cleaning supplies such as bleach and paper towels will also be accepted.
  • Monetary donations can be made to the East Texas Food Bank or to other affected food banks in Texas here.
  • Volunteers are also needed and welcomed.  Volunteer Center hours for this week have been extended.

Marvin United Methodist Church

  • Assembling 100 UMCOR flood buckets. You can fund a bucket for $50.
  • Checks made payable to Marvin Methodist.
  • You can also give on the app or website and note "flood bucket" or "hurricane."
  • Buckets will be assembled at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 5, in Pirtle Hall. Volunteers are welcome.

Camping World

  • accepting donations for victims of Harvey.
  • currently accepting clothes, diapers, nonperishables, monetary donations, etc.

Smith County and City of Tyler

  • To donate, visit this website. The link also has information on tips to avoiding fraudulent charitable contribution schemes.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Tyler

  • has teamed up with the Trusted World to collect donations for the people affected by Harvey
  • located at 2421 ESE Loop 323
  • accepting donations until September 4
  • Items requested are used clothing, toiletries, hygiene products and non-perishable foods.

Texas East Gymnastics

  • 1937 Deerbrook Dr. Tyler
  • Currently taking donations at the front desk
  • All proceeds will go to the American Red Cross in Tyler

First National Bank of Hughes Springs in Troup, Brookshire's and The Troup Rotary Club are combining efforts to solicit non-monetary supplies to aid Hurricane Harvey victims.

  • Donations can be dropped at the First National Bank, 101 S. Railroad Street, in Troup. or in the container at Troup's Brookshire's.
  • 9-4 p.m. through Friday
  • Items needed include nonperishable food, cleaning supplies, bottled water, clothing/shoes, diapers and wipes, hand sanitizer, hygiene items, pet food, blankets, and pillows.

Luxe Medical Spa

  • Wednesday, Aug. 30, beginning at 8 a.m.
  • 5100 Old Bullard Road, Tyler.
  • Collecting items to assist victims of Harvey
  • Items needed include diapers, diaper cream, baby wipes, shoes, flip flops, personal hygiene items, items for children of all ages including books, puzzles, coloring books, crayons, etc.
  • Trailer will be located on the Brookshire's side of the parking lot.


  • Donations being accepted at Cavender's Tyler 2025 WSW Loop 323
  • Donation hours: 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Sunday 12-5.
  • Items needed include: diapers, pack-n-play, socks, bottled water, canned goods, children's clothes, pillows, blankets, and bedding.

Cole Cellular

  • Donations being accepted at their store at 6724 S Broadway Ave (across from Walmart)
  • Donation hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Accepting cases of 16oz water

Anderson County:

  • Puppy Cuts grooming is currently accepting donations for bottled water, dog and cat food, personal hygiene products and anything else that can help those affected by Harvey. They're also currently offering spots for rescued animals. The place to donate is 1100 West Spring St. in Palestine. 903- 221-4141

Harrison County:

Shields Insurance

  • 2010 E. End Blvd N. Marshall, TX
  • Accepting donations through Wednesday from 9-6 p.m.
  • Accepting water, nonperishable food items, baby wipes and diapers, hygiene items, towels, and blankets.

Nacogdoches County:

  • Donations can be dropped off at The Precious Cycle store located at 2512 South Street. Donations will be given to the Red Cross for Harvey victims.
  • Donations can be dropped off at Fredonia Hill Baptist Church located at 1711 South Street. The church has teamed up with several other churches in the Nacogdoches area to gather supplies, which will be taken directly to those in need in the Houston area. The trailer will be there until 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30 and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. Please bring: Adult diapers, Children diapers, Baby wipes, Sleeping bags, Large Trash Bags, Toilet paper and Paper towels, First Aid items, Peanut butter and Jelly, Water, Dog and Cat food, Toiletries, Female products, Gatorade, Thin bed mats, Hand sanitizer, sandwich baggies, gallons of water, Individually packaged snacks, NO CLOTHES!
  • Donations can be dropped off at the Drewery Construction and Tree Service Office located at 902 SE Stallings.

Angelina County: 

  • People looking to volunteer or donate to the Harvey relief effort can job the Angelina County Hurricane Harvey Volunteers Facebook group here. They have groups meeting daily in the Academy parking lot around 8:30 a.m. to head down with boats and supplies. To ensure the safety of all volunteers, they are coordinating with law enforcement in the impacted counties. Many volunteers are relying on the Zello Walkie Talkie app for radio traffic. The organizer has said they have a major need for monetary donations. They also need rescue equipment like life jackets and rope. A donation page has been established by the Angelina County Hurricane Harvey Volunteers here:
  • Timber Creek Church is collecting supplies until 9 p.m. tonight. Supplies will be delivered to Katy area on Thursday.

  • Screen Geeks (2950 S. John Redditt Dr. #107)

  • Kellie Gann & Company (121 E. Shepherd Ave.)

  • Urgent Doc (525 N. Brentwood Dr.)

  • Angelina County Farmers Market (2107 S. Medford Dr.)

  • Angelina County Clerk's Office (215 E. Lufkin Ave.)

  • Lufkin ER (2807 S. 1st St.)

  • Chala Sports and Family Chiropractic (2610 S. John Redditt Dr.)

  • Angelina Federal Employees Credit Union (900 Pershing Ave.)

  • Harvey Baptist Church (6565 S. U.S. Highway 69)

  • Kovar Capital (106 E. Lufkin Ave.)

  • Academy of Hair Design (512 S. Chestnut St.)

  • A blood drive will be held for Harvey victims at Lufkin's Heart to Heart Hospice from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. (209 Christie Street)

Cherokee County: Due to the blood center in Houston being depleted because of the flood, there will be a blood drive Sunday, Sept. 3 at the Hilltop Baptist Church in Alto. The drive will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

People can also register to assist with rescues and see immediate rescue needs by clicking on this link.

Individuals or families who would like to foster a pet displaced by the storms should contact Wendy's Misfit Animal Rescue.

You can also make a financial donation to support Harvey relief efforts through The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, or the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD). For information on how to donate your time or money through a variety of ways, click here for more information.