How You Can Help in the Aftermath of Hurricane Laura

On-the-ground efforts to assist those in the wake of the storm

Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP

Chris Johnson views destruction at his home in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on Thursday.

Hurricane Laura made landfall as a Category 4 storm early Thursday morning in southern Louisiana, about 35 miles from the Texas border. Here are agencies helping those affected by the hurricane:

Cajun Navy Relief

The Louisiana-based Cajun Navy is in need of supplies including cleaning materials, rubber boots, bug spray, bleach, wipes, gloves, masks, respirators, and disinfectant. 

Houston Food Bank 

The Houston Food Bank is collecting water, cleaning supplies, ready-to-eat food, and monetary donations. 

Dallas Animal Services

The Dallas Animal Services is working with coastal shelters to help pets and pet owners affected by the storm. They’re accepting donations. 

Mercy Chefs

The Virginia-based disaster relief organization has served more than six million meals since the organization was founded in 2006. Volunteers are stationed in the area to serve meals to those affected by Laura. 

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center

Gulf Coast residents can register at one of the area blood centers to set up an appointment to donate blood.

Crowd Source Rescue

This Houston-based nonprofit connects volunteers with those in need. They are accepting donations, and you can sign up as a volunteer on the ground or remotely to aid with search and rescue, debris removal, and other tasks.

Lakewood Church

Located at 3700 Southwest Freeway in Houston, the church will be accepting drop-off donations of bottled water, baby wipes, baby formula, diapers, and other relief supplies from today through Saturday.

National/International Relief Organizations

The Salvation Army 

The Salvation Army is accepting donations to provide food, drinks, and emotional care at thirty mobile feeding sites that are standing by in Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas. 

World Central Kitchen

Chef José Andrés started this global nonprofit in 2010 to address world hunger. The group has set up kitchens in Louisiana and Texas to provide hot meals to first responders and those who stayed behind.

Red Cross 

The Red Cross has already deployed teams of first responders, and the fastest way to help is through a financial donation that will go to supplies or services to victims. 


This global nonprofit responds to poverty and disasters, providing medicine and health programs. They are matching donations during Hurricane Laura. 

Save the Children

This organization focuses on providing services and supplies to help children during disasters. Save the Children will work with partners in the Gulf Coast to dispense children’s program kits, hygiene supplies, diapers, baby wipes, pop-up cribs, and other supplies. 

To learn more about a charity before donating, consult Charity Navigator.

We’ll continue to update this list, and if you know of an organization that should be included, please email us at

—Compiled by Caroline Sanders and Lindsey Liles