Tampa Bay fundraising efforts to provide support for flood victims in Texas are increasing.
"Living in Florida, we know how devastating it can be to suffer personal losses from hurricanes and floodwaters," said Eric Schiller, owner of Gaspar's Grotto. His Ybor City restaurant will be taking donations for the Save the Children Fund to support Hurricane Harvey relief beginning at 5 p.m. Sept. 8.
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Supply drive: The Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle is collecting supplies for flood victims in Texas today through Saturday. Pack items in heavy-duty trash bags rather than boxes to conserve space. Needed: toiletries and diapers, new underclothes, new or used clothes, shoes, towels, sheets, pillows. Do not send breakable items. Drop off supplies at the church office by the right side of the chapel. 5815 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg.
Donation center opened: Patio Lane and Awning Works of Clearwater, 10820 U.S. 19 N, is a designated drop off center for Hurricane Harvey donations between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. today and Friday. A semitrailer truck is scheduled to travel to Houston with all of the donations over the weekend. Items most needed include diapers, baby wipes, baby formula, hand sanitizer, nonperishable food, sweatpants, socks, underwear, towels, bottled water, basic toiletries, travel size toiletries, blankets, pillows, dog food and cat food.
Gaspar's Grotto: Taking donations for the Save the Children Fund to support Hurricane Harvey Relief beginning at 5 p.m. Sept. 8, 1805 E Seventh Ave. (813) 248-5900. Food and drink specials will be available throughout the evening. Cash, check and credit card donations will be accepted.
Blood donors: More than 100 units of blood are on their way to Texas from OneBlood, the local not-for-profit blood center. OneBlood says it will continue to send blood to Texas until further notice. For hours and locations of OneBlood Donor Centers and Big Red Bus drives, visit oneblood.org/donate-now or call toll-free, 1-888-936-6283.
Goodwill Industries-Suncoast stores: Through Sept. 12, shoppers at Goodwill Industries-Suncoast stores will be asked to round up their purchases to the nearest dollar, with the collection donated to the American Red Cross. According to a release, "Goodwill-Suncoast will collect and donate cash to help with relief efforts, since monetary donations are more beneficial than donations of material goods, which are difficult to deliver to the affected areas." Cashiers will also accept hurricane relief donations from people who don't make purchases. For store locations, see goodwill-suncoast.org.
E-gift cards: Tampa Bay synagogues are joining the nationwide JCC Movement by distributing digital gift cards directly to people in need. Go to jewish federations.org for donations. Or purchase e-gift cards online at Walmart, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Lowe's, Home Depot, Visa or Mastercard. Send the e-giftcard to email@example.com. Note: Make sure your purchase is an e-gift card and the delivery type is through email.
Food and water: Tampa Jewish Family Services is leaving Saturday to go to Beaumont, Texas, to deliver food and especially water. TJFS is accepting donations at its website tjfs.org. Users can notate Beaumont when making the donation.
CENTURY 21 CLOTHING DRIVE: The Century 21 Beggins Indian Rocks Beach Office is collecting clothes and shoes until 5 p.m. today at 1511 Gulf Boulevard. The items will be sent to Corpus Christi where they will be distributed.
HABITAT PINELLAS RELIEF EFFORTS: On Sept. 6, Habitat Pinellas, Habitat Hillsborough and Habitat Florida will raise money for the relief efforts in Texas. Celebrity Chef contestant Jeff Philbin, Vice Chair of Habitat Hillsborough, has invited Habitat to participate in his Celebrity Chef watch party at Fodder & Shine, which will support Habitat Texas relief through raffle prizes and silent auction. The event will take place at Fodder and Shine (5910 N Florida Ave, Tampa) at 7:30 p.m.
On Sept. 9, the Habitat Pinellas ReStore locations will be donating proceeds from the store's sales to the Hurricane relief effort at Habitat for Humanity of Texas. Business hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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