Hurricane Harvey Relief, Recovery, and Restoration

We know you care about the people affected by Hurricane Harvey and so do we. In these first few days, the need is for people to be rescued and sheltered. In the days to come, there will be tremendous needs for repairs and restoration. We realize that the recovery will take a long, long time because the needs are so great and have impacted so many.

Here’s how you can help today and in the weeks, months, and years to come:

PRAY: Ultimately, we know that God cares for people and that He knows their needs (Matthew 6:8, 25-34). Let’s pray for the Lord to protect, provide, and encourage the millions of people who have been traumatically impacted by the winds, rains, and floods. Let’s pray that we as Christians step forward with extraordinary, sacrificial love to show more clearly the mercy of Christ who laid down His life for others. As followers of Jesus, we have hope knowing that the temporary sufferings are not worth comparing with the eternal glory of living with Christ in Heaven (Romans 8:18, 24-25). May the temporary suffering from Creation’s groanings draw people’s attention to eternal life-and-death realities far greater than natural disasters.

SUPPORT: During these first few days of disaster recovery, organizations need financial contributions, donations, and supplies are needed by those who can efficiently meet real needs.

Give to Samaritan’s Purse. Five tractor trailers, stocked with emergency relief equipment and supplies have already been deployed to Rockport, Victoria, Galveston/Santa Fe, and Houston. In the aftermath of catastrophic storms, they often stay behind to rebuild houses for people with nowhere else to turn for help. As with every Samaritan’s Purse deployment, crisis-trained chaplains will come alongside their teams to provide spiritual and emotional care to distressed homeowners and others throughout the southeast Texas Gulf Coast community.

Give to local churches in the Southeastern Gulf Coast area. Many churches, like Cypress Bible Church in Northwest Houston, were flooded and experienced significant damage.  If you feel led to give to the repairs and replacement costs for this church, please go to and click Online Giving and give to their general fund.  If you would like to give to help those from Cypress Bible Church who have been affected by the floods please click Online Giving and give to their benevolence fund.

Give to Camino Global. 69% of south Texas and approximately 40% of the Houston area is Hispanic.  Camino Global has missionaries, churches, and ministry partners in South Texas who are either directly impacted by the crisis or are responding to the present and long-term needs. Your support makes it possible to reach these Spanish speakers with the love of Christ in difficult times. Click on the following link to donate:

SUPPLY: Donations are needed for medical emergencies and displaced evacuees. Consider making donations to those in need.

Donate blood to Carter Blood Care who will send blood donations to its partners affected by Hurricane Harvey. The center will also deal with an increase in demand for blood and platelets as intensive care patients arrive in North Texas. Donations of all blood types are needed, especially O types. North Texas donors can text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999 and a Carter BloodCare employee can tell you times and places to donate or call 1-877-571-1000.

Donate food and supplies to Trusted World, the leading organization for the Dallas area, as they provide needed donations to evacuees from the storm. A full list of needed donations can be seen at Donations can be dropped at the primary collection point, 15660 Dallas Pkwy or at Lifesavers Foundation Upscale Resale Store, 561 W. Campbell Rd., Richardson, TX 75080. They have requested the following items:

  • New underwear and socks (all sizes)
  • Non-perishable foods
  • Toiletries
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Baby diapers, wipes and formula

SERVE: Samaritan’s Purse and Trusted World are also volunteer relief programs operating in Southeast and North Texas.

Samaritan’s Purse is sending teams comprised of 15 members to go down to Victoria, TX and Rockport/Portland, TX to help in the clean-up effort as soon as the disaster declaration has been lifted. They plan to form as many teams as possible and send people as soon as they are able.  For more information, visit

Trusted World needs volunteers locally to help sort donations and assist with collections for Hurricane Harvey relief at their service center in Allen. For more information, visit

PlanoBibleChapel recognizes that this disaster has already created long-term effects that will not be solved in a few weeks or a few months. Our desire is to continue praying for, supporting, supplying, and serving the people whose lives have been tragically affected. As the waters recede and needs rise to the surface we’ll prayerfully consider how we can continue to meet the needs of our fellow Texans and followers of Jesus Christ.