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SALT LAKE CITY — KSL TV, KSL Newsradio, FM100.3, and 103.5 The Arrow are offering a way for you to help Texas residents impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
At 5 a.m. Tuesday, the stations began hosting a telethon to raise money for those living in the path of the hurricane.
An anonymous Utah donor promised to give $2 for every $1 donated — up to $100,000 — if the telethon can raise $100,000 Thursday. Following this announcement, Peter Huntsman also agreed to match donations up to $100,000.
The $200,000 donation ceiling was reached early Thursday afternoon thanks to generous viewers. KSL is now trying to get to $1,000,000 in total donations. Phones will stay live until 7 p.m.
You can donate online at bonneville-charitable.secure.force.com/giving/houston.
You can also mail in donations to:
ATTN: Hope for Houston
55 North 300 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Many other organizations are also accepting donations for those affected by Harvey. Some of them include:
- American Red Cross
Donate online, or text "HARVEY" to 90999 to donate $10
- Catholic Charities
- Salvation Army
Donate online, or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769), or text STORM to 51555.
- Humane Society of the United States
- United Way of Greater Houston
- LDS Church Humanitarian Fund
A news release from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said, "Anyone wishing to provide support for our efforts to aid those in Texas is encouraged to make a donation to the Church's Humanitarian Fund."
The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends checking with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster for a list of trusted disaster-relief organizations in Texas.
The Better Business Bureau published a list of BBB Accredited Charities accepting Harvey donations.
The Federal Trade Commission warns citizens to do some research before making a donation, because disasters often spawn scams. Review the FTC's Charity Checklist and Signs of a Charity Scam here.
And Charity Navigator provides a list of charities responding to the disaster in Texas, with information on each reputable organization.