TAMPA BAY - Jeff and Penny Vinik, along with the Tampa Bay Lightning, are donating $1 million to the American Red Cross for its Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts, the organization announced today. In addition, the Lightning will offer fans the opportunity to make monetary and in-kind donations at its Fanfest on Saturday, September 16 along with its three preseason home games at AMALIE Arena - September 19 vs. the Carolina Hurricanes, September 22 vs. the Nashville Predators and September 24 vs. the Florida Panthers.
"Penny and I stand alongside the wider Tampa Bay Lightning family in expressing support for all victims of Hurricane Harvey," said Jeff Vinik. "We are honored to support our fellow Gulf Coast community and deeply admire the resilience of those affected by this storm. We will keep all residents and first responders in our thoughts as rebuilding efforts commence."
In addition to offering opportunities to donate at upcoming Lightning games and the team's Fanfest, the organization is asking fans and members of the community to consider making a donation to one of the great organizations listed below, all of which are offering dedicated options in support of those negatively affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Ways to Help Support Hurricane Harvey victims:
Donate to organizations feeding those who are displaced or in need, such as Feeding Texas, Houston Food Bank or Food Bank of Corpus Christi. Visit the Houston Humane Society or the San Antonio Humane Society. The Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has set up an animal emergency response hotline (713-861-3010) and is accepting donations on its website.
All Hands Volunteers will be working on damaged homes and removing debris.
Save the Children is delivering baby supplies, including cribs and strollers, and setting up child-friendly spaces in shelters.
The Texas Diaper Bank in San Antonio is asking for diapers and wipes, which can be dropped off in person or mailed to 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, Tex., 78238.
AABB, which coordinates a task force to manage blood collection during disasters, put out a call for blood donations. Most in demand: those with type O-positive blood. The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center has also posted an updated list of donor locations. Call 210-731-5590 or visit their website for more information.
YouCaring has a fund-raising page set up by J. J. Watt of the Houston Texans with a goal of $20 million. By Monday afternoon it had raised more than $19 million.
The Salvation Army has already begun collecting funds to help those affected by the storm. Donations can be made online or by phone at 1-800-725-2769. The United Way of Greater Houston flood relief fund will be used to help with immediate needs as well as long-term services like minor home repair. Visit its website to donate or text UWFLOOD to 41444.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends checking with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster for a list of trusted disaster-relief organizations in Texas.
Avoid being scammed by using https://www.charitynavigator.org/ to find charities you can trust and support.