Local Red Cross volunteers helping Harvey victims- you can too

Local organizations are holding fundraisers for Harvey victims.

Highways around downtown Houston are empty as floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey overflow from the bayous around the city Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Thirty seven Red Cross volunteers from Massachusetts have deployed to Texas to help the victims affected by Tropical Storm Harvey, but more help is still needed.

Local organizations are coming together to make a big impact in Houston. At least 20 people have died and Texas is looking at months of recovery.

Jen Garutti, the executive director of the Western Massachusetts American Red Cross told 22news the best way to help right now is by financial donations.

Locally, Big Y and the Springfield Diocese are making donations to the victims.

Big Y will have containers to put cash or check donations into. That money will be send to American Red Cross.

“This is a nationwide effort and I think every little thing that we can do as a community and as a company is gonna help”, says the West Springfield Big Y Assistant Store Director, Doug Zimmerman.

The Springfield Diocese will send your cash or check to Catholic Charities USA.
If you write a check, make it payable to Catholic Charities USA and put Hurricane Harvey in the memo. Send it to PO Box 1730 Springfield, MA, 01102.

Volunteers are making their way to Texas from other states, as well.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards offered to take in Harvey victims, as they brace for the worst of the storm.

If you would like to help the victims of Harvey, click here.