Thursday, September 15, 2011

texas is burning.

in case y'all hadn't heard, the lone star state is on fire. the fire in bastrop has destroyed 600 homes, setting a record for highest number of homes lost in a single fire in texas history, while other fires rage around the state. the texas forest service is reporting that statewide more than 700 homes have burned during the recent siege of fires. in a news conference on september 6th, governor rick perry said that over 1,000 homes have been destroyed and that 3,600,000 acres have burned since december, a size equal to the state of connecticut. there are many ways to help, some of which i've listed below, plus 100% of net proceeds of these tees (more on their site) will go to central texas wildfire relief efforts. please help in any way you can.
American Red Cross of Central Texas 512-929-1250. Accepting only monetary donations at this time, but check the website for partnership for food and clothing donation assistance.

Austin Disaster Relief Network 512-331-2200

Capital Area
Food Bank Accepting nonperishable food donations (canned meats, granola bars, peanut butter, bottled water) at 8201 S. Congress Ave., 
Austin, 78745 512-282-2111

Catholic Charities of Central Texas Accepting monetary donations as well as items such as blankets, pillows, toiletries and medical supplies from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1817 E. Sixth St., Austin, and 7-10 a.m. and 4-7 p.m. at 6225 U.S. 290 East.

United Way Capital Area (UWCA) Call 2-1-1 for information about evacuations, shelter locations, school and road closures and resources for evacuees. Collecting donations.

Local NBC affiliate kxan also lists several groups accepting help and/or donations, including:

Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN) has provided the following hotlines:
Public Hotline 512-331-2200
Fire Victim Relief Hotline 512-331-2600

Email to get involved with providing supplies and relief for the families affected by the wildfires.

Faith Family Services in Hutto is picking up clothing and food donations for delivery to area pantries and organizations in direct contact with victims. They are also coordinating emergency housing with area homes. For more information, email or call 210-334-1708.

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