Actress Sandra Bullock donates $1M to American Red Cross for Harvey relief

Tabitha Dunn
September 1, 2017

"Especially during times of disaster, people see what's happening in Texas and our hearts all go out to them", Elizabeth Penniman, Vice President of Communications for American Red Cross national headquarters, tells PEOPLE.

US-CERT, the USA government's chief agency responsible for detecting and minimizing cyber threats, issued an advisory on Monday warning people about the spike of online scams aimed at those donating to victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Houston police confirmed that a 60-year-old officer drowned in his patrol vehicle after he became trapped in high water while driving to work. This includes supplies to support 6 kitchens, each able to produce 10,000 meals a day. In Harvey's aftermath, that might mean the United Way of Greater Houston and the Greater Houston Community Foundation, which both have established relief funds and a long history of service to the local community.

Thousands of people have been displaced by the flooding. Numerous hospitals, nursing facilities and dialysis centers are closed. Along with our partners, we have served almost 30,000 meals and snacks since the storm began.

NBC CT, Big Y, and the American Red Cross previous partnered together on a relief drive in 2016 to help victims of Hurricane Matthew.

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If you prefer to give locally, support groups firmly rooted in the affected area. Almost half of our emergency response fleet - more than 150 vehicles - has been mobilized.

The Red Cross is also calling for blood donations, being accepted throughout the country, on its website. "Additionally, we are committed to supporting the long-term recovery and rebuilding of the Texas Gulf Coast".

Kevin Hart created his own site to raise funds and called out a litany of popular rappers and athletes to "impact this issue through social media". The alerts provide people with real-time information so they can help protect themselves and their loved-ones.

Cash and check donations will be collected by Red Cross volunteers between 6am and 6pm on Friday at LaFortune Park and 2625 S. Memorial Drive in Tulsa.

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