I am utterly heartbroken for all of the people that have lost their homes to the wildfires that continue to blaze through Austin and it’s surrounding areas. My husband and I were out to dinner with a couple of friends when we first learned of the fires blazing through Bastrop. Our breaths were baited as we began calling his family (that live in that direction) to make sure they were alright. (And, thankfully, they were out of harms way.)
My husband and I took a drive out to his parent’s house to ensure their safety, make them tell us their plan of action in the event of evacuation, take pictures for insurance purposes and pack our car with important photos and documents that they couldn’t fit in theirs. As we drove toward the direction of the flames, we could not believe the enormous smoke cloud, sitting ominously on the horizon. The span of it was absolutely massive.
My husband and I will be donating money to a local church, and I humbly request that if you can donate, please do… I have found a list of different places you can donate goods and funds on a local news station’s website (KXAN), posted below. If you know of anywhere else to make a donation, please feel free to add it to the list.
How to help during wildfires outbreak
Donation information and supply drop-off locations
Where and how to donate
- Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN) has provided the following hotlines:
- Public Hotline — 512-331-2200
- Fire Victim Relief Hotline — 512-331-2600
- Email email@example.com to get involved with providing supplies and relief for the families affected by the wildfires
- American Red Cross is taking only monetary donations at this time. Check the website for partnership for food and clothing donation assistance.
- Facebook page taking donations — though no cash items.
- Faith Family Services in Hutto is picking up clothing- and food donations for delivery to area pantries and organizations in direct contact with victims. They are also coordinating emergency housing with area homes. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 210-334-1708.
- AustinDiocese- collection drive for fire victims at the Pastoral Center Tuesday morning: 6225 Highway 290 East. Here’s a list suggested donation items
- Foundation Christian Ministries in Cedar Park has a donation and supply center at 177 Union Chapel Road East, Bastrop. Victims need: new or gently used clothing labeled by bags for women, men or children; new packaged undergarments for men, women, children; sleeping bags, air beds, blankets, pillows, towels, toiletries, non-perishable food items, drinks such as bottled water and sports drinks. Also needed are flashlights with replacement batteries, battery-powered radios, sanitation and personal hygeine items including hand sanitizers, moist towelettes and toilet paper.
- Catholic Relief Charities — until 5 p.m. Tuesday at 1817 E. Sixth St.
Drop-off locations for donations
- 3434 Yogi Berra Way in Round Rock by the Dell Diamond. You can also call 512-740-6096
- @ACFellowship is staging for volunteer cleanup. Please bring large trash bags, work gloves, bottled water, nonperishable snacks and toiletries.
- Georgetown helps Bastrop victims Facebook page is offering a house drop-off site for clothing, shoes, toiletries, diapers, towels, etc. They are not taking food items.
- Distribution Center for Victims of Bastrop County fires Facebook page has been set up to take towels, washcloths and toiletry items, which said they need immediately.
- Hill Country Bible Church NW is taking donations from 8am-8pm today. Bottled water, gatorade, eye drops, nasal spray, hand wipes and individually packaged snacks like peanut butter crackers, power bars, protein bars, etc. Address is: 12124 Ranch Road 620 North, Austin, TX. They are the hub and distributing supplies to the area fires. Questions? 512-331-5050.
- Llano Cub Scout Pack 301 will be on the square Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. collecting donations for fire victims and firefighters in the Spicewood area. Items needed are trash bags, work gloves, non perishable snacks, (granola bars and such), diapers, baby food, cat/dog food, and water bottles. Oats, alfalfa for the livestock. Thanks for your help!
- Gilda Grace Collections is taking donations of ANY kind, 1818 West 35th St.
- Rondell Business Park in Bastrop. Call 512-322-8661 for more information.
Evacuee information and phone hotlines
- Hays County evacuees can call: 512-753-2180
- Travis County evacuees can call: 512-974-6199
- For information on Bastrop fires: 512-332-8856 and 512-332-8814
- Candlewood Suites Austin NW: We are available for those that need accommodations due to the fire. Please call Tracy at 512-338-1611 Ext. 462
- @austinpetsalive has a team to help with displaced pets. Email at email@example.com or call at 512-961-6433