Harvey’s Impact: Rebuilding Together

Harvey’s Impact: Rebuilding Together

WPRI 12 is teaming up with Cardi’s Furniture & Mattresses and Arpin Van Lines for a TEXAS RELIEF DRIVE to collect specific donations to help the people of Texas rebuild after Hurricane Harvey’s unprecedented destruction. Please come donate supplies to our drive and we will be delivering them to Texas. Let’s rebuild together.

Rebuilding Together - Texas Relief Drive

Saturday, September 9, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Cardi’s Furniture & Mattresses
Swansea, South Attleboro, Rt. 2 West Warwick, Wareham

The requested items are new cleaning and building supplies, SPECIFICALLY the following:

Heavy duty shovels, rubber gloves, work gloves, trash bags, mops, brooms, buckets, wet/dry vacuums, paper towels, baking soda, cleaning rags, paint brushes, paint rollers, disinfectant wipes, sponges, spray bottles, building tools, drywall tools, tape, drywall tape, drywall screws, building staples, max. 5’ step ladders, etc. NOTE: PLEASE NO LUMBER OR DRYWALL.

All donations will be transported by Arpin Van Lines to Texas with local support from Rhody Transportation, Renewable Now Network & Ocean State Job Lot. Monetary donations will be made to The American Red Cross. Please continue to check this page for updates.
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WPRI 12 is one of 170 stations of Nexstar Media urging local communities to support hurricane relief efforts. You can join the company’s fundraising efforts by donating through their page at the Red Cross website. You may choose to specifically support disaster relief or earmark your donation to go wherever it is needed most.


The easiest way to donate $10 to the Red Cross is by sending a text message. Text the message “REDCROSS” to 90999. The $10 will be added to your monthly cell phone bill. The money will go toward Red Cross recovery efforts.


The Rhode Island chapter of the American Red Cross has sent ten volunteers to the Houston area already to help with Harvey disaster relief. But people interested in becoming volunteers have been flooding into the organization’s system — not just in Rhode Island, where people are signing up about 10 people per hour — but nationwide. Volunteers will undergo a great deal of training — the most pressing need is filling spots left vacant because workers went down to Texas. For information about volunteering, go to the Rhode Island Red Cross’s website.


Rhode Island Blood Center

The Rhode Island Blood Center sent more than 300 blood donations it had on hand to fulfill requests from blood centers in southeast Texas and Louisiana. Now, the local center is calling for additional donors to replenish the stock. The center will be holding multiple blood drives around the area in coming weeks, but you can also set up an appointment at a dedicated blood donation center. Go to the RIBC’s website to find a center or view all the upcoming blood drives. All blood types are needed, but especially type O positive and negative blood types.

The Red Cross in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts chapter of the American Red Cross will be collecting blood donations in southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod throughout the month of September, on many different days of the week. Go to their web site and enter your zip code to find a drive near you, or find out how to volunteer in your area.


The city of Houston has established a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund through its Greater Houston Community Foundation. Donations can be made online at the foundation’s website, checks or money orders can be sent to Greater Houston Community Foundation, 5120 Woodway Drive, Suite 6000, Houston, TX 77056.

“The generosity of people who understand this disaster is truly amazing,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said in announcing the fund this week.


Texas officials have stressed the need for these items, so the city of Providence will be collecting them in new condition, along with non-perishable foods, baby formula, new clothing and blankets at Providence City Hall (25 Dorrance Street, Room 101, Mayor’s Center for City Services; open 8:30 a.m. –  4:30 p.m.) and the Providence Public Safety Complex (325 Washington Street; open 24/7, residents are required to buzz in after 3 p.m.). All donations should be dropped off by Friday, Sept. 8.

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