Texas snow storm: 7 ways to help people affected by the cold weather crisis
Though much of the U.S. is still under the sway of extreme cold weather, Texas has been hardest hit because of the power outages there. As the cold weather continues, what started out as a novel weather event has evolved into a winter weather emergency, and Texans are scrambling to stay warm, feed themselves and get the medical care they need, all amid the power outages.
It’s a difficult time, but many nonprofits have rallied to try to provide assistance for Texans in need. If you’re looking to help, here is a list of organizations coordinating fundraisers and resources to help people on the ground.
Kick the Cold Austin Mutual Aid
This GoFundMe account was created by the Austin Mutual Aid organization, which works to help homeless people in Austin, Texas. Currently, all money raised is going towards booking hotel rooms for homeless people, as well as providing them with food and other necessary supplies.
Food banks all over Texas are providing meals for local residents. By going to the Feeding Texas website, you can choose a local food bank to send a donation to and help keep families fed not only through the cold temperatures, but year-round.
American Red Cross
During the winter weather crisis, the American Red Cross is helping to support at least 35 warming centers with cots and blankets across Texas. Monetary donations can be made through the American Red Cross website.
Feed the People Dallas
The Feed the People Dallas mutual aid program based in Dallas is reaching out to local individuals in need of shelter, food and other supplies. They are also providing monetary assistance for people who are struggling to pay their bills. You can also donate specific items on the organization’s Amazon Wishlist, including infant formula, diapers, soap, toothpaste, protein drinks and more. The organization has been tweeting about their work in Dallas:
The past few days have be rough but amazing. Thank you to all the who have donated warm blankets and jackets for our houseless comrades and helping us get some of the residents of #CampRhonda shelter for the snow storm. #solidaritynotcharity pic.twitter.com/9zOSk0qgZg
— Dallas Liberation Movement (@dlmvmt) February 14, 2021
South Alamo Regional Alliance For The Homeless
This organization is helping to coordinate relief efforts for warming centers and shelters across multiple Texas counties. Donations are accepted on the organization’s website, and they’re posting updates about their efforts on their Facebook page.
Austin Pets Alive!
People aren’t the only ones suffering in the freezing temperatures. Animals also need a warm place to shelter and require food. Austin Pets Alive! is looking for monetary donations to help buy more heating pads, blankets and other items needed to keep our furry friends healthy, safe and warm.