How can we in Rapid City help those affected by Hurricane Harvey?

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It's been one week since Hurricane Harvey first hit Texas, now seven days later many neighborhoods are still underwater, and now parts of Louisiana are experiencing the storm as well.
After many people have read about and seen horrific pictures of the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey they want to help.
But how can we in Rapid City help those in need more than a thousand miles away?

The damage is unexplainable, lives have been lost, and more than a million people have been displaced.
We may find ourselves asking how we can help out.
One way is through the American Red Cross.
They say right now their main focus is getting financial donations.
Officials say that's the quickest and easiest way to help.
You can donate by going to www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-REDCROSS, or by texting Harvey to 90999, which is an automatic $10 donation.
Although the Red Cross is only taking monetary donations at this time, they're also asking for volunteers to deploy to Texas and Louisiana.
Officials say they've already deployed 25 people from the Dakotas region and they can only stay for two weeks, so after their two weeks are up, they need another group to go.
A training will be taking place Saturday at the Red Cross office in Rapid City from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Another way you can help is by shopping at Walgreens.
Walgreens is supporting relief efforts by asking customers to donate money at the register.
In just two days, customers contributed more than $3 million at stores across the United States.
But if you are unable to donate money, another way to help is by giving blood.

Brittany Sigel, UBS Donor Recruitment Manager, says, "We usually see an up tick after some type of tragedy, with people here trying to give back and with Hurricane Harvey specifically, we're so many miles away, so this is the perfect way that you can help and not have to be present down there."

One group in Rapid City has gathered people together to donate blood on Saturday.
Indivisible Rapid City says they are happy to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Lori Miller, Indivisible Rapid City, says, "With everything that's been going on in Texas and now parts of Louisiana, they really need to have help from all over the country and one of the ways that we can help here in Rapid City is to donate blood and then the whole network across the United States makes sure that Texas has what they need during this time they're going to have an increase need for blood and a decrease donation population because of all the people affected."

And eight donations equals one gallon of blood.

Miller says, "With the 25 people we have, we should have about three gallons of blood and 75 people can potentially be helped with that and that's a big deal if you're one of those 75 people."

To donate call 605-646-2625 or go to www.unitedbloodservices.org.