According to volunteers at Samuell-Grand Recreation center, the neighborhood has responded with an overwhelming amount of support for the evacuees at the makeshift shelter. Red Cross workers said that as of Wednesday afternoon, the center has more supplies and volunteers than they need, and at times good intentions can cause problems in the name of disaster relief.
The East Dallas recreation center was teeming with supplies, evacuees and volunteers on Wednesday afternoon, as haircuts were being given outside. If you would like to volunteer, but don’t show up to Samuell-Grand. Instead, visit voly.orgto sign up for a shift. See below to learn more about how to volunteer.
A big thanks to those of you who are interested in volunteering w/ #RedCross. Hear from our Volunteer Services team on next steps. #harveypic.twitter.com/zeny2ntSkf
— American Red Cross (@RedCross) August 29, 2017
Rescue organizations across East Dallas are working to send as many supplies as possible to the animals caught in Hurricane Harey’s wake. USA Today reports that in some areas, 60 animals an hour are being brought to makeshift shelters. As much as possible, rescuers are trying to keep animals in place to allow evacuees time to retrieve their lost pets. But those animals are in need of food and bedding (including pillows, blankets and traditional pet beds), which can be donated to City Vet White Rock at 7324 Gaston (in the Lakeview Centre). The vet is working with rescuers who are ferrying the donations to shelters along the coast.
As Harvey victims have headed to Dallas, local schools are making preparations to receive them. According to Dallas ISD trustee Miguel Solis, school supplies can be donated to his officeat 2017 Young St., suite 101 during weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
There will also be boxes and bins to collect items at the entrance to Lakewood Elementary for diapers, baby wipes, uniforms, and school supplies. See the school supply list here.
Article courtesy of Lakewood Advocate: lakewood.advocatemag.com/2017/08/30/harvey-update-help-displaced-students-and-pets-in-right-in-out-neighborhood/?utm_source=Lakewood-East+Dallas+Advocate+Readers&utm_campaign=e3097246e4-8_24_17_News_ED&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_947226c439-e3097246e4-106473837
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