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The Good, the Bad and the Unread started in Texas, and many of us live in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. Some of us are still riding out the storm. We have a firsthand look at how much relief efforts are needed, and know that in times like these everyone wants to know the best way to help.

You can use Charity Navigator to help determine if a non-profit organization is legitimate. They have a list of recommended organizations for Hurricane Harvey relief.

The American Red Cross is always a good place to start. Right now, they need money and donations of blood, especially if you live in the DFW area (where they’re currently storing additional inventory for affected areas). You can text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. You can also make donations at any Lowe’s in Texas or any Starbucks.

To maximize your donation, Amazon and Whole Foods Market are matching donations (up to $1 million) to American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief. They also have a wish list of items needed for the relief effort.

United Airlines is offering bonus miles to MileagePlus members who donate to the American Red Cross, AmeriCares, Airlink or Operation USA can earn bonus miles, as detailed here.

Author Kate Messner is hosting a KidLit Cares auction to benefit the American Red Cross.

H-E-B has launched their own mobile relief efforts. At H-E-B stores throughout Texas, you can also donate to the American Red Cross for Texas Flood and Hurricane Relief, The Salvation Army and Feeding Texas at checkout.

To help efforts to evacuate and shelter residents:

This is a list of open shelters in the Houston area; you can look up their donation policies. Homeless Houston also has a list of open shelters and a link to where to donate.

To help efforts to provide food:

To help efforts to shelter animals:

Other aid: