Overflow of donations creating problem in southeast Texas

Overflow of donations creating problem in southeast Texas

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - The State of Texas issued an announcement Wednesday morning regarding donated good for Hurricane Harvey victims.

In a press release, the Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (Texas VOAD) said the influx of donated items exceeds the needs of the impacted communities at this time.

Officials are asking the public to not donate unsolicited goods like used clothing, miscellaneous household items, medicine, or perishable food at this time.

As this influx of donations have arrived, supporting agencies are having to pull away volunteers and staff from providing direct service to victims to they can instead sort, package, transport, warehouse and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.

Officials said the most effective method of support is donating money or time to trusted, reputable, voluntary or charitable organizations.

With monetary donations, organizations can purchase needed resources from local vendors which help local economies recover.

Texas VOAD officials said if you have already collected items for Hurricane Harvey to consider donating them to a nonprofit organization in your community that accepts in-kind donations.

Governor Greg Abbott announced the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation have collaborated with the OneStar Foundation to form the Rebuild Texas Fund.

Those who wish to donate to the fund can do so by visiting www.rebuildtx.org or by texting rebuildtx to 91999.

When it comes to volunteering the State of Texas said flooding situations in parts of the state are not conducive to volunteers entering impacted areas.

Spontaneous of unaffiliated volunteers who 'self-deploy' could create an additional burden. Texas wants potential volunteers to register with a voluntary or charitable organization of their choice.

To register you can visit National VOAD or Texas VOAD for a list of partners active in disaster.

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