Businesses, groups and schools collecting donations for Harvey victims

DOVER — Delaware businesses, schools and nonprofits continue to work to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

The hurricane dumped more than 4 feet of rain on Texas and Louisiana, and killed at least 48 people.

Dover International Speedway and Dover Downs Hotel & Casino are collecting supplies to aid relief efforts. Items can be dropped off at the Dover International Speedway ticket office at 1131 N. Dupont Highway between 8 and 5 today and Wednesday.

The company urges individuals to donate baby items, personal hygiene items, non-perishable foods, pet supplies and cleaning materials. Clothing and perishable items are not recommended.

Donations will be taken to Harbor Transport in Federalsburg, Md., where they will be placed on a tractor trailer bound for the Gulf Coast.

Dover Downs has pledged boxes of gently used items to the cause, including washcloths, hand towels, bath towels, toiletries and bottled water.

Meanwhile, Caesar Rodney School District will be running “Hats for Houston” and “Trousers for Texas” campaigns at all 12 of its schools Sept. 8. Students can donate $1 to wear a hat to school and staff can donate $1 to wear jeans. The district is still deciding which charity to distribute the funds to, but Star Hill Elementary staff is working to “adopt” an elementary school in Texas.

The Delaware Association of Realtors and the Sussex County Association of Realtors have each contributed $5,000 to National Association of Realtor’s Realtor Relief Foundation. Home Builders Association of Delaware is working with Two Men and a Truck to collect with supplies for hurricane victims. Drop-off locations in Dover, Lewes, Middletown and Bear. For information on requested items and drop-off locations, email or call 678-1520.

The Blood Bank of Delmarva is seeking donors to help collect more than 2,000 units of blood due to a shortage along the Gulf Coast. The Blood Bank is specifically looking for individuals with blood types O Positive, O Negative, A Negative and B Negative blood types, as well as platelet donors. To make an appointment, call 1-888-8-BLOOD-8 or visit

CHEER Inc., along with Joshua House Ministries of Dagsboro, is offering its activity centers in Sussex County as drop-off points for donations to be sent to Texas and Louisiana for hurricane victims. For the next few weeks, people can take donations to centers in Georgetown, Greenwood, Lewes, Long Neck, Milton, Ocean View and Roxana. Joshua House Ministries will transport the items to the disaster areas.

Requested items include non-perishable canned goods, Boost, Ensure, water, tooth brushes, tooth paste, mouth wash, Denture Crème, combs, brushes, deodorant, body wipes, Depends, Pampers, baby powder and baby wipes. No more clothing is needed, and no money or gift cards will be collected. For more information or directions, call your local CHEER center.

Individuals can contribute monetarily to the Salvation Army, the Red Cross or United Way. To help the Salvation Army, visit, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, texting STORM to 51555 or send a check to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1959, Atlanta, Ga., 30301 (designate “Hurricane Harvey” on all checks). Donations to the Red Cross can be made online at or over the phone at 1-800-RED CROSS. A $10 contribution can be made by texting HARVEY to 90999. Text UWFLOOD to 41444 to donate to the United Way Relief Fund.

Visit to donate or volunteer for Hurricane Harvey relief, and go to to help animals displaced by the hurricane.

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