::Editor's Note: Here is a link to a National Public Radio story about different reputable organizations to which you can make donations: Here's How You Can Help People Affected By Harvey::

Hurricane Harvey, which first hit the U.S. coastline Aug. 25, dropped about 33 trillion gallons of water on the United States! Texas was hit the hardest by the flooding, but the rainfall also affected Louisiana, Tennessee and Kentucky.

To give you an idea of just how much water this is, think about this: Lake Mead in Mohave County is the largest reservoir in the United States in terms of water capacity. Lake Mead can hold 9.246 trillion gallons of water. This means the water dumped by Hurricane Harvey is enough to fill Lake Mead more than three times over!

Hurricane Harvey was the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since 2005. Unfortunately, with all of that rainfall comes flooding and destruction. Many homes, schools, businesses, roadways and community centers were flooded.

Ways Kids Can Help:
• Brainstorm fundraiser ideas in your classroom
• Make cards for kids in Texas with your class or scout troop
• Donate toys, puzzles, activities at your local church or community center

Houston was one of the hardest hit areas. Thousands of people were stranded. In one day, the Coast Guard rescued more than 3,000 people, both by air and boat.

Some people from neighboring states also got in on the action by helping to rescue people stranded by the flood water. Louisiana’s Cajun Navy is a group of citizens who formed a volunteer organization after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Many volunteers brought their boats after Hurricane Harvey to help their Texas neighbors.

Now that the storm has passed, the clean up is well under way. It will take a long time and a lot of money to rebuild after the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. 

If you and your friends or family are able to make a donation, be sure to check that the charity has a good reputation. Several major news organizations have lists of trustworthy institutions, and Charity Navigator is a site that identifies worthy charities.

Once you have an idea of how you would like to help, talk to your parents about the best way to take action!

::Editor's Note: Here is a link to a National Public Radio story about different reputable organizations to which you can make donations: Here's How You Can Help People Affected By Harvey::

Edition: 
Phoenix
Tucson
Issue: 
September 2017