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Newsletter: How You Can Help Harvey Victims

Hurricane Harvey has devastated our state. But it has also displayed the remarkable resilience and generosity that live within millions of Texans. We will long remember the images of first responders carrying children through high waters, of members of the National Guard delivering household pets from danger and abandonment, and volunteers lending their personal boats and jet skis to help strangers reach safe ground.

Here in San Antonio, we were spared Harvey's worst. But that hasn't stopped an incredible outpouring from our community to help those impacted by heavy rain in our city and by severe wind and flooding elsewhere. I could not be more proud, and less surprised, by the way our community has responded.

Unfortunately, the recovery is just beginning and the needs created by this storm will last for a very long time. There are many ways to help and many organizations doing critical work to assist the families whose lives have been upended.

Here are just a few of the ways that you can help our fellow Texans:

Donate to the American Red Cross: The Red Cross is providing shelter, food, and other assistance. You can contribute by visiting redcross.org or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. You can also make a donation to the Salvation Army's relief efforts by visiting the organization's website.

Give to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has established this fund to help victims in his city.

Contribute food, clothes, and personal items: The San Antonio Food Bank is accepting food, diapers, unused clothing, baby formula, and many other items. Visit safoodbank.org to make a monetary donation or learn more about dropping off items.

Donate Blood: The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center has expanded its hours at numerous locations in order to help address critical blood shortages in the state. Please visit the Blood and Tissue Center's website for more information about where you can donate.

Thank you again to all who have made contributions, volunteered at shelters, and reached out to your fellow Texans. We will pull through this difficult moment together and continue to show just how special a place Texas is.