How Arizonans can help the victims of Hurricane Harvey

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Residents sit on a fence surrounded by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey. (Source: AP Photo) Residents sit on a fence surrounded by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey. (Source: AP Photo)
Hurricane Harvey flooding. (Source: CBS News) Hurricane Harvey flooding. (Source: CBS News)

With so much flooding in the Houston area, many people here in the Valley are asking what they can do to help. 

3TV and CBS 5, Arizona’s Family -- is proud to partner with Safeway and Albertsons stores statewide to help raise funds for Hurricane Harvey flood relief efforts. 

Safeway and Albertsons tell us the response from this drive has been overwhelming, with people walking into stores just to make donations.

So the drive has been extended by another few weeks.

Now through September 13, you can make a pin-pad donation during checkout or add change to specially-marked canisters at the registers.

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The much-needed donations will help provide relief for our neighbors in Texas as they work to recover and rebuild.  

All proceeds will go directly to disaster relief through the efforts of the Salvation Army and Red Cross.

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The Red Cross says when it comes to natural disasters of this size, it's cash (or plastic if you prefer) that makes all the difference. They're asking for monetary donations before clothing or food to keep supplies flowing to our neighbors to the east. 

"This operation in Red Cross lingo is a Level 7, that's the most expensive disaster that we can face," said Colin Williams with the Red Cross.

You can donate to the Red Cross through its website, by calling 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669), or you can text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10.

Highland Prep High School in Surprise is collecting bottled water. It hopes to fill a shipping container with 3,300 cases by next Wednesday. 

The drive, started by students and staff, doesn't officially start for two more days, but already the first donations are coming in. 

"It was important for me because I have family out there who have evacuated their houses and I've always been one to help out even though we're so far away," said freshman Jourdan Hunt. 

They're working with several non-profits that will help haul their donations out to Houston. 

"The effort here and what I want to do is just complementary to what's going on on the ground right now with Salvation Army and the Red Cross, they're leading the way under the guidance of FEMA and we're just here to offer one more dimension to what they're doing down there right now,' said Tim Kane, Highland Prep High School teacher.

You can donate water at both Highland Prep campuses, 15600 W Hearn Rd in Surprise, and at Madison Highland Prep 1431 E. Campbell Ave in Phoenix

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