Providence, RI- Yesterday, Mayor Elorza joined U.S. Conference of Mayor’s leadership, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and 80 other municipalities for a conference call about the impacts of Hurricane Harvey on the Houston area and the needs of their community.
“Our thoughts are with the City of Houston and people throughout Texas who have been impacted by the path of Hurricane Harvey,” said Mayor Jorge Elorza. “Providence stands with the communities who have lost so much as they begin the rebuilding and recovery process. Our City will support those residents in any way possible, and hope these communities will remain resilient during these difficult times.”
Mayor Elorza asks community members to consider donating to the Greater Houston Community Foundation’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund , the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund or text ‘HARVEY’ to 90999 to make an immediate $10 contribution to the American Red Cross to support their efforts. Those looking to send checks or money orders can mail them to the Greater Houston Community Foundation, 5120 Woodway Drive, Suite 6000, Houston, TX 77056. Donations of all denominations are encouraged.
During the call, officials from Texas stressed the immediate need for toiletries, cleaning supplies and diapers. In an effort to support that request, the City of Providence will be accepting such items at Providence City Hall (25 Dorrance Street, Room 101, Mayor’s Center for City Services; Open 8:30AM-4:30PM) and the Providence Public Safety Complex (325 Washington Street; Open 24/7, residents are required to buzz in after 3:00PM). The City will join regional efforts to transport the supplies to the Greater Houston Area in the following weeks. All donations should be dropped off by September 8th. The City will be accepting the following items:
• Disposable Diapers
• Baby Formula
• New Cleaning Supplies
• New Toiletries
• Non-perishable Food
• New Clothing and Blankets
Residents are encouraged to call 3-1-1 with any questions on the coordinated support efforts. Providence residents and business owners are encouraged to register for the CodeRED emergency notification system to receive weather and emergency updates in their area.