City Surf Fitness is collecting donations for victims of Hurricane Harvey. Know of another gym pitching in? Email pleblanc@statesman.com. Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

The upside to the catastrophe in Houston? Watching the way Texas communities have come together to help out.

Here in Austin, the fitness community is getting involved. Not only are local paddlers (experts only, you don’t want to become part of the problem) lending a hand (or a boat), area fitness studios are collecting donations.

City Surf Austin, 1500 South Lamar Boulevard, Suite 130, is accepting contributions of bottled water, pet supplies, canned food, new underwear for men and women, and other dry goods to deliver to victims. Wanderlust Yoga, 206 East Fourth Street, is donating 100 percent of sales on Friday, Sept. 1, to the American Red Cross. The shop at the studio sells T-shirts, tanks, sweatshirts, yoga mats, hats, tops, yoga pants and more.

If you decide to give, make sure you do it wisely. Often, cash is the best way most people can help, experts say.

RELATED: Donating to Harvey relief efforts: How, when, what to give.

Know of another fitness center, exercise group or club that’s helping out with hurricane relief efforts? Email Pam LeBlanc at pleblanc@statesman.com or post below this blog.