The SWAC sends its well wishes to Gulf Coast
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – In wake of the ongoing impact from Hurricane Harvey and its effects on the Gulf Coast region, the Southwestern Athletic Conference office expresses its well wishes and offers ways to help the victims of the storm.
Rooted in the SWAC’s founding history is the city of Houston, which has been one of the most affected areas by the storm. The founding began in 1920 when eight men representing six colleges from the state of Texas met to discuss collegiate athletics and the many challenges that face their respective institutions. By the time the session in Houston had concluded, the SWAC was born.
Today, the SWAC continues to work in harmonious conjunction with the city of Houston as it hosts several championships events including the Toyota SWAC Football Championship at NRG Stadium and has hosted the Toyota SWAC Basketball Tournament at the Toyota Center.
While the conference office is located in Birmingham, Ala., in many ways the SWAC's "home away from home" has been the city of Houston.
Ways to help
Organizations participating in hurricane relief efforts include:
- American Red Cross. To donate visit redcross.org, call 1- 800-RED CROSS or text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
The Salvation Army: To donate visit www.helpsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-725-2769.
- Catholic Charities USA: Visit catholiccharitiesusa.orgto donate.
- GlobalGiving: visit https://www.globalgiving.org/harvey.Donors can also text HARVEY to 80100 to donate $10 to GlobalGiving's Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Message and data rates may apply. Terms: hmgf.org/t. Send a check by writing,"Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund" in the memo line and mailing it to GlobalGiving, 1110 Vermont Ave NW, Suite 550, Washington DC, 20005.
- Save the Children: www.savethechildren.org. Save the Children’s emergency response team is on the ground in San Antonio, Texas, working to meet children and families’ immediate needs
- Apple: The multimedia giant has set up a donation link directly on iTunes and App Store.Visit www.apple.comfor more information. Donations will go directly to the American Red Cross.
- Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established this fund administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation to accept tax-deductible flood-relief donations. Checks and money orders can be mailed to the Greater Houston Community Foundation, while online credit card donations can be made at www.ghcf.org. Online credit card donations will be assessed a small fee by the credit card companies. Donors have the option of increasing their credit card donations to cover this fee. Wire-transferred cash will also be accepted.
The Red Cross and Salvation Army will be involved with disaster relief efforts, providing shelter, fresh drinking water, food, toiletries, clothes, bedding and other necessities.
They also are involved with rebuilding efforts once the storm has passed and will send trained volunteers to help with the recovery.
The Red Cross and Salvation Army also need volunteers to help at the shelters set up to house people who fled the coast.
By Friday afternoon, "tens of thousands" of residents on the coast were moving north, filling up shelters in San Antonio, Dallas and Fredericksburg, Farmer said.
Blood centers anticipate a shortage and are putting out urgent pleas for donations. The closure of blood banks and collection centers along the coast paired with likely injuries from the storm will stress existing supplies.
People wishing to donate blood should contact their local community's Red Cross or check for blood banks in their area.
Help a children’s hospital
Driscoll Children’s Hospital, which cares for Corpus Christi’s youngest and most ill patients, was directly in the path of Harvey. The hospital transported many of its patients out of harm’s way, but will likely will need funds to seamlessly continue operating its 189-bed pediatric facility.
Donations can be made online at www.driscollchildrens.org.
Hurricane relief information provided by USA TODAY.