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Rotary districts collect emergency funds for Hurricane Harvey victims

Rotary clubs along the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana, USA, are collecting emergency relief funds to help flood victims of Hurricane Harvey, which slammed into southeast Texas over the weekend.

Severe rainfall has caused historic flooding along the Texas coast, including in Houston, the fourth largest city by population in the United States. Deluged towns in the region are in desperate need of aid as thousands of residents were forced to flee their homes. About 6.8 million people have been affected by the hurricane, which made landfall on 25 August.

Several districts located along the Gulf coast in Texas and Louisiana have established disaster relief funds, including districts 58905910, and 5930 in Texas, and district 6200 in Louisiana. You can find information about how to contribute to other district funds in Texas on district 5840’s website.

“We know that a disaster of this magnitude will require our financial assistance for months into the future,” says District 5930 Governor Betty Ramirez-Lara. “Our disaster relief committee will provide support where we believe it can best be used.”

Rotary District 5930 is partnered with McAllen North Rotary Fund – a 501 (c) 3 to set up an Emergency Relief Fund. Please make checks to McAllen North Rotary Fund (Fed tax # 27-3855943) and mail to Rotary D 5930, McAllen North Rotary Club, 501 W. Nolana, McAllen, TX 78504.

Questions and requests for help can be sent to DG Betty Ramirez-Lara, cell 956-683-5706,
bettylararotary@gmail.com , P O Box 3882, McAllen, TX 78502

Rotary District 5910 has a Rotary District 5910 Charitable Foundation and funds can be sent to: Rotary District 5910 Charitable Foundation, c/o Bobbie Applegate, 985 IH-10N, Suite 111, Beaumont, TX 77706.

Questions and requests for help can be sent to DG Rhonda Herrington, cell 903-724- 8515, rhonda.herrington@yahoo.com, 616 S Sycamore, Palestine, TX 75801.

Rotary District 5890 has a District 5890 Charities, Inc. and funds can be sent to: District 5890 Charities, Inc., c/o Jackie Barmore, 3525 Preston Ave., Pasadena, TX 77505

Questions and requests for help can be sent to DG Bill Palko, cell 303-618-6859,
home 713-450-2623william.palko@amergybank.com, 202 Blue Castle Lane, Houston, TX 77015.

ShelterBox, an independent charity and Rotary’s project partner, is also providing support to families displaced by the storm. Hundreds of light privacy tents will be deployed to evacuation centers throughout Texas for families to use temporarily.

ShelterBox USA has created a designated fund for the Texas disaster to support efforts there and possibly the rest of the gulf coast. 100% of all donations received will support all associated deployment costs with the ShelterBox response to Harvey.

When making a donation online, under the designation tab a donor should choose “Hurricane Harvey.”

If you have questions about how you can help, contact relief@rotary.org.

 

 

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