Mid-South residents help Red Cross as they send aid to Harvey victims

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - People all across the Mid-South are assisting the Red Cross as they aid victims of Hurricane Harvey.

More than 100 people went to the Red Cross to train for disaster relief, hoping to help Harvey victims or even folks right here in the Mid-South if we get severe flooding this weekend

"It'll be a good thing to give back to the community," Red Cross volunteer Richard Sokol said. "I'm retired and I have a little free time."

All across the Mid-South, so many generous people are doing all they can to help.

"I'm always in awe at the amazing generosity of our community during times such as these," Laura Vaughn of the Red Cross said.

In addition to offering the training class, the Red Cross is collecting donation at all Mid-South Krogers until Sept. 16.

"So far we've already collected about $1,000 and of course we'd like to have more," Kroger spokesperson Teresa Dickerson said. "Every penny counts."

At Houston High School, students are competing this Friday to see which class can raise the most money to help the flood victims.

They're calling it Houston 4 Houston, and if you're near Southaven, drop off non-perishable items to a trailer bound for Houston at 1630 Goodman Road E. It's being led by District 2 Constable Josh Wilson.

How you can help Harvey victims

Make a $10 donation to Red Cross by texting the word HARVEY to 90999.

Learn about other donation and volunteer opportunities by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or by clicking here.

Donate to the Salvation Army at HelpSalvationArmy.org or call 1-800-725-2769.

Houston's mayor set up a relief fund with the Greater Houston Community Foundation. Click here to donate to that fund.

Blood donations are also encouraged at a time like this. Lifeblood said all blood types are needed. Click here or call 901-290-9743 to schedule a blood donation appointment.

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