When tragedy strikes North Texans want to know how they can help, and so far they have been coming through.
The city of Garland has created a clearing house for volunteers and residents. Individuals or groups who want to volunteer in the recovery effort, register online at GarlandTX.Recovers.org. Through the website, residents in need can also connect with volunteers who can help meet their needs.
So many people in Garland have already donated items, the city tweeted it couldn't accept anymore donations at its three school drop-off locations.
Mt. Hebron Baptist Church in Garland will be open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, to pass out donations. The church collected clothing (for men, women and children), blankets, bottled water, toiletries and towels and will give them out those affected by the tornado.
VFW 5076 at 2180 Meridian Way in Garland is collecting donations for storm victims. The group is looking for tarps, work gloves, generators, packaged underwear and socks as well as non-perishable food. For more information, contact Ed Clinebell at email@example.com.
In Rowlett, Cornerstone Assembly of God Church at 8200 Schrade Road canceled Sunday services to help tornado victims. The church is calling for blankets, cots, batteries, phone chargers, snacks, bottled water, ice, food, etc. The church points out that roads are closed Sunday, but hope that roads will be open Monday for donations to be delivered. The church is sending updates through a special page on its website.
First Rowlett United Methodist Church said it stopped collecting donations at 4 p.m. but said via Facebook it will reopen at 9 a.m. Monday.
The town of Flower Mound is collecting gift cards at all fire stations as well as at the police and courts building, library, community activity center and town hall through Jan. 21 at 5 p.m. Flower Mound's police and fire personnel have been helping with search and rescue efforts and staffing the Glenn Heights Emergency Operations Center.
And there have already been stories about businesses stepping up to help. American Airlines pledged $100,000 to the local American Red Cross chapter.
24 Hour Fitness in Rockwall opened its doors to tornado victims.
Legacy ER & Urgent care has set up donation boxes at its seven North Texas locations to collect canned good, bottles water, baby supplies, jackets, winter gloves, hats, toiletries, sanitizers, toys and pet food. Once all donations boxes have been filled they will be delivered to local pantries and charities directly assisting tornado victims.
PepsiCo delivered a truck load of water to Lakeview Centennial High School Sunday.
Terilli's restaurant on Greenville Avenue in Dallas is stepping up to help, accepting donations of canned good, clothing and blankets that will be delivered to the Salvation Army.
Anyone interested in helping the storm victims is asked to make a donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund at http://www.redcross.org or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10.
The Salvation Army is also helping with Texas tornado relief. Donations can be made by texting STORM to 51555 or by visiting the Salvation Army's Texas Flood & Tornado Relief website at Donate.SalvationArmyUSA.org.