- Jake Harris
- American-Statesman Staff
According to the Houston Chronicle, Gallery Furniture is opening its Houston I-45 North location (between Tidwell and Parker) and the location in the Richmond area off Grand Parkway as shelters for families seeking refuge from Tropical Storm Harvey.
“Houstonians have a safe, dry place to take shelter at Gallery Furniture so if they can get here they are welcome," said owner Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale in the release.
Pets are also welcome, and a store representative told the Chronicle that Gallery is putting out a call for kennels to house animals.
The furniture store isn’t the only Texas business that is aiding those displaced by Harvey. Many other businesses are pitching in either through material or monetary donations. Read on for a long (but not comprehensive) list of businesses that are lending a helping hand, and find out how you can donate to help Houston families, too.
- H-E-B’s Hurricane Harvey Relief effort has worked throughout the weekend in Victoria to serve more than 8,000 meals and provide supplies to those in need, according to a Monday night news release. The grocer’s Disaster Relief Units, mobile kitchens, water and fuel tankers, H-E-B trailers, mobile pharmacies and mobile business units also allow people to get medical care and pay bills on time in the wake of the storm, as well as get food and water. TO DONATE: All H-E-B, Central Market and Joe V’s Smart Shop stores across Texas are offering customers an opportunity to donate increments of $1, $3, or $5 at the checkout counter. All donations, as well as a $100,000 donation from H-E-B, will benefit the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army and Feeding Texas.
- The State Bar of Texas, the American Bar Association, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other organizations have partnered together to offer free legal aid to people affected by Harvey. Call (700) 504-7030 for help.
- SimplyFresco, LLC will donate a portion of all of its profits from Cocina Fresca Salsa in the month of September to Harvey relief.
- Donate to the American Red Cross by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
- The Salvation Army is also traveling across Texas with a fleet of 44 mobile kitchens, delivering meals to those in need. Donations can be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or texting STORM to 51555. As of Friday, the SA team from Austin served more than 4,300 meals to residents in Seadrift and Port Lavaca.
- The James M. Cox Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Cox Enterprises, is donating $100,000 to the American Red Cross for hurricane relief. Cox is the parent company of the Austin American-Statesman, as well as Manheim auto auctions and Cox Media Group radio stations, both of which have operations in Houston.
- Amazon and Whole Foods Market will match cash donations made via Amazon up to $1 million to go toward the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.
- Ashley HomeStore is partnering with Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson and Habitat for Humanity to provide more than $1 million in home furnishings for 176 flood-damaged homes in the Greensbrook Manor and Harrel Park neighborhoods.
- Apple is also accepting donations made through the iTunes Store, which will also go toward the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.
- PepsiCo has donated $1 million to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and has pledged supplies like purified drinking water to areas impacted by Harvey.
- Wal-Mart will give cash and product donations of $1 million or more to various relief groups.
- Exxon Mobil donated $500,000 to Gulf Coast Red Cross organizations.
- Starbucks customers can make donations with their coffee at any location in the country, but the Starbucks Foundation has given $250,000 to the American Red Cross.
- Lowe’s has made a $500,000 contribution to the American Red Cross and has set up donation stations in all of its Texas stores.
- The Home Depot has already given $1 million to the American Red Cross, in addition to sending truckloads of supplies to its Texas stores for home repairs.
- Google is matching employee donations to the American Red Cross up to $250,000, and has given another $250,000 grant to the American Red Cross.
- Various Texans, as well as celebrities, have also set up GoFundMes for Harvey relief. One of those Texans is Victoria chef James Canter and his Guerilla Gourmet food truck and restaurant, which operates out of the first floor of the Victoria Advocate’s building. Canter has been feeding anyone who comes into his restaurant at a pay-what-you-can price.
- The Hearst Corporation, which owns the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News, is donating $1 million to the Greater Houston Red Cross.
- For Houston workers who have been displaced or have had offices damaged by Harvey, office provider Servcorp will offer free virtual office solutions and flexible workspace to those in Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Corpus Christi, Texas. From a news release:
“Servcorp’s Virtual Offices can provide Texas businesses with alternate mailing addresses and phone numbers that are answered by dedicated receptionists, who route the calls as specified. For displaced businesses that require physical office space, Servcorp will also provide free access to its flexible offices or conference rooms at its Texas locations, which include the Bank of America Center and Williams Tower in Houston, and Rosewood Court and JP Morgan International Plaza in Dallas.” To use this service, email email@example.com with your name, phone number and business address, and Servcorp will respond with further detail.”
- Uber is donating $300,000 of rides, food, and relief to the families and communities affected by Hurricane Harvey. From a news release:
“To support displaced families throughout Texas, Uber is donating free rides to or from shelters in multiple cities. No action is required to receive a free ride to or from these locations—the full discount* will automatically be applied and reflected in the app when you request uberX. We are not currently operating in Houston due to danger from flooded roads. We will be donating rides to and from the George R. Brown Convention Center shelter and other Houston area shelters as soon as we are able to safely resume operations.”
Peer-to-peer payment app Circle Pay has donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross, and users can donate through the app, with the company additionally matching every dollar sent through the app for any purchase up to $150,000 through Sept. 1.
Sea Oats Group, which developed Cinnamon Shore on Mustang Island, has established a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to give money directly to Port Aransas and the surrpunding communities.
- Champions School of Real Estate is accepting donations at its Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio campuses for cleanup and personal supplies like wheelbarrows, large black trash bags, disposable eating supplies, feminine hygiene products and perosnl toiletries.
- Whataburger announced Wednesday that it has pledged $1 million to the Whataburger Family Foundation, $150,000 to the American Red Cross and $500,000 to local food banks to help with recovery efforts.
- Shiner Beers anounced Friday they would be pledging $500,000 to various relief organizations, and Lone Star Beers (owned by Pabst Brewing Company) also set up a relief fund that you can donate to as well.
- All Amy’s Ice Cream lcoations in Ausitn, San Antonio and Houston provided one free ice cream plus a topping or crush’n for customers that presented their American Red Cross donation confirmation on Friday, Sept. 1.
- The Houston-based Mattress Firm has opened all of its Austin locations as donation centers and will also be donating $1 million in product donations. A percentage of every purchase made at any Mattress Firm through Sept. 5 will be donated to provide an additiopnal $1 million in pillows, blankets and mattresses, according to a news release.
- The Boston-based Northland Investment Corporation, which owns and operates more than 70 properties nationwide, including some in Austin, will be donating $100,000 toward Harvey relief and will also be matching employee donations toward relief.
- Hooters is matching patron donations dollar for dolalr, up to $100,000, according to a news release.
- So far, the Beaumont-founded Jason’s Deli has given more than 74,400 bottles of water to Beaumont locations as well as 1,404 gallons of soup to the Houston Food Bank on top of 17,695 boxed meals and more than 100,000 bottles of water to first responders.
- The Taylor-based Louie Mueller Barbecue went to La Grange Monday Sept. 4 to provide meals to those affected by Harvey. They are also accepting doantions through the month of September.
- Texans For Dan Patrick donated $100,000 to the Rebuild Texas Fund, established Friday by Gov. Greg Abbott in collaboration with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and the OneStar Foundation.
- Through Sept. 31, $1 from every Texas Two Step Tiny Pie sold at Tiny Pies will be donated to the Houston Food Bank.
- The Austin Diaper Bank is making care packages of diapers (adult and infant), wipes and diaper cream for families dislplaced to Austin by Harvey. TO DONATE: Make monetary donations that will go toward the diapers at the bank’s website. Donate diapers in person at 8711 Burnet Road, at the back of Building B.
- The Central Texas Food Bank is in need of monetary donations to purchase and ship food and hygeien items to hurricane-affected areas.
- As of Sunday night, various Austin hotels and motels were preparing for the arrival of Harvey evacuees. PHOTOS: Austin donations to Hurricane Harvey flood victims on August 28
- Austin Pets Alive! is looking for foster families for evacuated pets as well as in-kind donations like cat litter, laundry soap and dog treats. The group has already moved more than 235 animals to its shelters after the storm. They also plan to head to Houston on Tuesday morning to help those in the area rescue strays and abandoned pets from flood waters. In addition, Skout Deals has partnered with APA by contributing .25 per registered download of its deal-finding app toward the shelter. TO DONATE: Visit the shelter’s website.
The Bastrop County Long-Term Recovery Team is accepting donations on its website to help with flood relief for Bastop County residents.
Family Business Beer Co., the Hill Country brewery run by “Supernatural” star Jensen Ackles and his family isn’t open yet, but is already organizing Harvey relief. Partnering with Random Acts, a nonprofit focusiong on performing random acts of kindness, Family Business has already surpassed its $100,000 fundrasing goal. TO DONATE: Visit the fundraising page here.
- The Austin Disaster Relief Network, which works with more than 175 churches in the Austin area, has sent teams of trained volunteers to area shelters to help with emotional and spiritual care. Its Hope Family Thrift Store located at 1122 E. 51st St. is currently accepting donations Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Items needed include new undergarments for children and adults, new socks for children and adults, toiletries, new bed pillows and new blankets, mops and buckets, hand sanitizer, box fans, black trash bags, and inflatable mattresses.
- Not really a business taking donations, but giving incentives to donate: The Paramount Theatre is offering free film admissions to patrons who can prove they donated to the American Red Cross.
- The Alamo Drafthouse now lets patrons add Harvey donations to various Houston aid organizations onto their ticket purchases when buying tickets online or through the Drafthouse app. Evacuees who prove identifiaction and adress can also redeem free movie screenings. They’ve also teamed with Mondo, their sister merchandising company, to hold an auction with proceeds going toward those same organizations.
- Over Labor Day weekend, all Movie House and Eatery locations donated 5 percent of their ticket sales to the Austin Disaster Relief Network. Donations are also being accepted in the theater.
- YETI held a sale Friday, Sept. 1 where all the proceeds from everything bought online or in the flagship YETI store in Austin went to hurricane relief.
- Dell Technologies has pledged $500,000 to the American Red Cross. They have also set up a relief page on an internal company website where employees can donate.
- Tech accelerator Capital Factory hosted a blood drive through the organization We are Blood on Monday afternoon.
- To see how other Austin tech companies are donating to Harvey relief, click here.
- STAG Provisions, a menswear clothing company headquartered in Austin with other locations in Houston and dallas, is donating all of the proceeds from the sales of its Texas and Houston tees. Their Houston location, located at 2614 Westheimer Road, is also being used as a drop-off point for donations.
- The Austin Aquarium will be offering free admission from Aug. 28 to Sept. 3 to residents of all counties that were evacuated during Hurricane Harvey. Must show photo ID to be eligible.
- Black Star Co-Op will donate $1 to relief efforts from every house beer sold through September 3.
Lick Honest Ice Creams is donating all of the profits from its Texas Sheet Cake pints sold at all of their shops to the American Red Cross now through September.
- All Hopdoddy locations from Sept. 4-5 will donate all sales from their Goodnight/Good Cause Burger will go toward the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. During those same dates, Tito’s Handmade Vodka will donate $1, up to $10,000 for every drink Hopdoddy sells that contains Tito’s vodka. Additionally, for the entire month of September, a dollar made from every Goodnight/Good Cause Burger sold will go toward the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.
- For more Austin restaurants that are donating to Harvey relief, click here.
- Various Austin musicians and bands and music venues have planned relief concerts in the coming days and weeks. For a list of those events, click here.
- The Old Settler’s Music Fest donated $5,000 Thursday to the Central Texas Food Bank and other organizations, accoding to a news release.
- Ride-hailing service Fasten will be offering free rides (up tp 30 minutes with no promotional code necessary) to and from We Are Blood donation centers in Austin on Friday, Sept. 1.
- Dog On Fleek, a pet clothing and merchandising company, has deisgned a “Pawsitive Vibes Y’all” tank top to aid in the recovery efforts, with $5 from every shirt sold going to Houston Pets Alive.
- Dog DNA startup Embark donated all of its net profit over Labor Day weekend to the Houston Humane Society and the Austin Dog Alliance.
- Austin based food-delivery app Favor is partnering with Dickey’s BBQ, East Side King, Jo's Coffee, Kellie's Baking Co. Papadom Indian, Thai Kun and Velvet Taco by donating $1 from every order from these restaurants, pus a matching donation from those restaurants, through Sept. 7. Also, if you send aid supplies to anyone affected by Harvey, Favor will waive your delivery fee.
- Storage company SpareFoot will reimburse anyone affected by Harvey in need of a storage unit for the cost of one month of storage, accordig to a news release.
- Qualcomm has donated $1 million to relief efforts, broken up by: $250,000 spread among the American Red Cross, Greater Houston Community Foundation, Feeding Texas and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas; $250,000 of matched employee donations; and $500,000 to aid efforts in coordination with Gov. Greg Abbott’s office.
- Rapper Drake and his DJ and manager Future the Prince “are working with local relief groups to aid and assist the people of Texas in anyway we can and in the most immediate way possible,” according to a Monday Instagram post.
Beyoncé is “working closely with my team at BeyGOOD as well as my pastor (Rudy Rasmus at St. John’s in downtown Houston) to implement a plan to help as many as we can,” according to a Monday news release in the Houston Chronicle.
- Houston rapper Paul Wall is collecting supplies to aid families in his Houston neighborhood and is planning relief events.
- Houston rapper Lil Keke is collecting donations for shoes and clothing for Harvey victims.
Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt created a crowdfunding page on YouCaring asking his followers to donate any money they could to reach his goal of $200,000. Two hours later, the goal was surpassed and raised to $500,000. TO DONATE: Visit Watt’s YouCaring page.
- Austin actress Sandra Bullock donated $1 million to the American Red Cross Tuesday.
- Texas country star Miranda Lambert has saved more than 140 dogs this week from Hurricane Harvey-ravaged Houston through her nonprofit the MuttNation Foundation, which focuses on finding homes for shelter animals. TO DONATE: Visit the MuttNation website.
- Josh Abbott Band frontman Josh Abbott recently went down to Rockport to volunteer with first responders and cook up some barbecue for emergency staff. He’s also selling shirts on the Josh Abbott Band Cares website that will be used toward hurricane relief efforts.
- For more celebrities that are donating to Harvey relief, click here.