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Ways to Help Texans affected by the winter storm

After an unprecedented winter storm, many Texas residents are reeling from the damages to their homes and have been left without power and access to basic needs like water, food and warm clothing. Here are ways to help and get help:

  • The Texas Division of Emergency Management and the City of Dallas are collecting information on sustained damages and specific needs of the community. Report damages to Emergency Management here and after-storm needs to the City of Dallas here.  
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is now offering assistance for Texans who suffered winter storm damage. Apply for assistance here.
  • Dallas STRA has short-term emergency accommodations available. Register for temporary housing or sign up to host here.
  • Austin Street Shelter, The Bridge, Interfaith Family Services, and many other local homeless service providers are collecting warm clothing.
  • Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support and The Family Place are relocating their clients to hotels and other shelters and providing food, blankets, warm clothing and other essentials. Monetary donations can be made on their website.
  • The North Texas Food Bank is hosting mobile pantry food distributions. Feeding Texas is also accepting donations to stock food banks across the state.
  • The American Red Cross has opened shelters across Texas and is also seeking blood donations.
  • Dallassites101 has crowdsourced a list of open restaurants, warming shelters, hotels, groceries stores, gas stations, pet care and more.

Warming shelters in North Texas

  • Addison: Athletic Club, 3900 Beltway Drive
  • Arlington
    • Dottie Lynn Recreation Center, 3200 Norwood Lane
    • The Salvation Army, 712 W. Abrams Street
  • Carrollton: Newman Smith High School, 2335 North Joseph Lane
  • Dallas
    • Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, 650 S. Griffin St.
    • Oak Lawn Overnight Warming Station, 3014 Oaklawn Ave.
  • Denton
    • North Lakes Recreation Center
    • The Salvation Army, 2801 North Elm
  • Fort Worth: Ft. Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston St.
  • Garland: The Salvation Army, 451 West Avenue D
  • Lewisville: The Salvation Army, 206 West Main Street
  • Mesquite: Evans Recreation Center, 1116 Hillcrest St.
  • McKinney: The Salvation Army, 600 Wilson Creek Parkway
  • Plano: The Salvation Army, 3528 14th
  • Rockwall: The Center Near Downtown Rockwall, 108 E. Washington St.
  • YMCA Winter Warming Centers

Click here for a full list of warming centers.

Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center

Volunteer in the Dallas Region

Our community has a deep tradition of philanthropy and volunteerism. Giving back to the community we love is a priority of residents in the Dallas Region. Charity Navigator ranks Dallas fourth nationally in a survey that analyzes financial, accountability and transparency practices of nonprofits by metro area. From health issues, to children’s initiatives to animal causes and beyond, the Dallas Region is ripe with nonprofits and organizations looking for your involvement and service in the community.

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The North Texas Food Bank’s pandemic relief

Image courtesy of NTFB

The North Texas Food Bank held its fifth free food distribution on Nov. 14 at Fair Park. More than half a million pounds of food, including over 7,000 frozen turkeys,  were distributed to 8,500 families. Since the pandemic began, NTFB has distributed more than 63 million meals to North Texans. From March 20 through the end of September, NTFB has held 218 mobile pantry distributions, serving 80,755 households across its 13-county service area.

A great example of the generosity of the Dallas region community is North Texas Giving Day. Each year, during one 18-hour period, residents in the Dallas Region donate millions of dollars to nonprofits. Since its inception in 2009, over $350 million has been contributed to more than 3,200 organizations. 2020 donations totaled $58.8 million, breaking last year’s record by $8.8 million.

Powered by the Communities Foundation of North Texas, the online event has transformed from an idea to help local people give wisely, to a movement that has ignited a broad culture of community-wide giving.

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