SAN DIMAS, Calif., Aug. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With over 93,000 people impacted by Hurricane Harvey currently without power and over 30,000 in shelters, local Tzu Chi USA chapters in Dallas and Houston are evaluating how they can best provide immediate disaster aid, in addition to delivering 3,000 blankets to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas and providing blankets and hot meals to evacuees at the Smithville Recreation Center in Austin.
Tzu Chi now plans to distribute 10,000 lbs. of instant rice, 11,000 blankets, 200 multi-purpose portable beds, and 5,000 first aid kits to those impacted in Houston area. Additional financial aid may be provided upon review to purchase immediate needs. Tzu Chi will also offer emotional support to evacuees in Red Cross and state-designated shelters, while their volunteer doctors will provide consultations.
"Let's act as one family to deliver our love to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Disaster can strike anytime and we must care for and support each other at devastating times like this."
Han Huang, CEO Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation
HOW YOU CAN HELP
- Tzu Chi will be street fundraising. Visit www.tzuchi.us for exact locations
- Fundraising Hotline: 1-888-9TzuChi (888-989-8244)
- Online donations: www.tzuchi.us
- Mobile donations: Text HarveyRecovery to 91999
- Check donations: Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, 1100 S. Valley Center Ave., San Dimas, CA 91773
Until Oct. 15, all donations marked "Disaster Relief Funds" will go directly to Hurricane Harvey aid.
About Tzu Chi
Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation is a humanitarian non-profit NGO with the missions of charity, medicine, disaster relief, and education. Its footprint of aid at the forefront of poverty reduction and disaster relief has reached over 94 countries since 1966. In 2016, Tzu Chi USA distributed over $2 million in aid, benefiting those impacted by 48 disasters in the US. Between 1993 and 2016, it offered medical services to 551,176 disadvantaged individuals. Its mobile food pantry serves impoverished communities in California weekly, benefiting 20,000 families annually. From 2006 to 2016, Tzu Chi USA provided character education to over 25,000 students. It also offered spiritual support and guidance to inmates through publications and letters. To learn more, visit: www.tzuchi.us
MEDIA CONTACT: Sabrina Ho, (909)447-7799, x611, Sabrina_ho@tzuchi.us
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