Several El Paso schools and organizations are accepting donations for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Northwest Early College High School is working with the Austin Diaper Bank and have organized a diaper drive for the thousands of babies and elderly who were displaced.
Students say they saw a great need for diapers specifically, so they reached out to the Austin diaper bank. Volunteers there have spent the past couple of days sorting diapers and distributing them.
The Austin Diaper Bank also took to Facebook to thank Northwest Early College High School for their efforts, stating, "The response from the community and across Texas to our efforts to send baby and adult diapers to Hurricane Harvey victims has been tremendous - we even received a message that a high school in El Paso is holding a diaper drive for us! We are touched and thankful for your generosity. "
"People don't realize how many diapers you'll go through in a typical day and these families don't have access to the diapers the had anymore and a lot of the places you'll buy diapers are quickly running out or have run out and the other need is also adults who are in need of having that for them," Journalism and Math teacher Adrian Estorga said.
Students will be accepting donations at the different early college high school campuses, then ship the diapers out to the Austin Diaper Bank where they will be distributed to the evacuees in Central and Southern Texas.
"It's very sad to see all these people going through these tragedies while we can help. It's horrible," Junior Trisha Benavidez said.
You can drop off diapers at the Northwest Early College High School at 6701 S. Desert Blvd.
The Salvation Army began accepting donations Monday afternoon and now have an entire room dedicated to the 1,500 evacuees that will be arriving into El Paso.
Major Floiran Estrada, the El Paso Area Command with the Salvation Army tells ABC-7 they expect to house more than 100 people who will likely be in El Paso for some time.
The Salvation Army is asking for donations including:
- Bath towels (gently used and new)
- Shaving cream
- Baby diapers (all sizes)
- Baby food & formula
- New underwear
- Bottled water
The Salvation Army tells ABC-7 they don't know exactly who will be arriving into El Paso but they're asking for everything so they're ready.
"We're especially asking for the donations personal items that when people are moving so fast out of the home they don't have time like diapers for the children and children clothes," Major Estrada said.
Major Estrada says the outpour of support has been tremendous, with people stopping by every 15 minutes to drop off what they can.
"People are losing everything, everything they worked for. Be grateful for what we do have, property can be replaced, but lives can't," Rick and Rosie Lopez said.
The Salvation Army is also asking for monetary donations. If you'd like to donate, you can visit their office at 4300 E. Paisano Dr.
A citywide effort is also being organized to help those affected by the hurricane.
Local car dealerships, media outlets including ABC-7 and EPISD officials will be uniting to help those in need.
20 new car dealerships in town will serve as drop-off locations for donations like water, gently used and new clothes and diapers.
Volunteers will begin packaging and put donations in a central distribution location where trucks will take them to affected areas.Mesilla Valley Trucking is going to provide tractor trailers for the effort. The campaign will be ongoing for at least a couple of weeks while people get situated.
Organizer Raymond Palacios is from Houston. He tells ABC-7 anyone can help.
"Even though we're 750 miles or further from some of the affected communities, we are concerned about people over there. Many of us have family members, friends there. a very small thing we can do to show affected areas and we want to do whatever we can to help," Palacios said.
ABC-7 will keep you updated on the exact drop-off locations once details are released.
El Paso Community College campuses are also collecting donations including:
- Water bottles
- Baby food/formula
- Pet food
- Pillows and blankets
- First aid supplies
- Toys for children
- Monetary donations
You can drop off donations at any EPCC Campus Life office.