Much of the nation is experiencing deadly frigid weather right now, but Texas has been hit especially hard.

The catastrophic effects of the state's worst winter storm in decades are still being felt.

Millions of Texans lost power amid single-digit temperatures and millions more have also had their water service affected because the power outages have brought on water shortages in about half of the state's counties.

The combination of freezing weather and lack of heat and power has led to an increase in 911 calls, hospitalizations, and weather-related deaths.

Texans need our help.

Even if you're halfway across the country (or the world!), there are ways you can help. Read on to find out how.


Mutual aid funds

Consider donating to mutual aid funds, like Mutual Aid Houston , Feed the People Dallas , and Austin Mutual Aid . These organizations provide housing, food, and other support to people in need.

The American Red Cross

Donate to the American Red Cross to help the group supply cots and blankets at warming centers across the state.

Support food banks

Donate to food banks in Texas to make sure that no resident is without food.

World Central Kitchen

Or donate to World Central Kitchen , a not-for-profit group that provides meals in the wake of natural disasters. Founded by Chef José Andrés in 2010, WCK has responded to natural and manmade disasters, like the massive bushfires in Australia, devastating hurricanes in Central America, and now, the deadly winter storms in Texas.

Donate to animal shelters

Help animals in need by donating to groups like Austin Pets Alive! And SPCA of Texas .

The Salvation Army

Donate to the Salvation Army to help keep warming centers open and safe for Texans.

Donate to homeless shelters and organizations.

Organizations like Austin Street Center and The Other Ones Foundation are dedicated to providing shelter and meeting the needs of the homeless population, who are incredibly vulnerable to winter storms.

Support first responders

Help provide food to first responders, including those who are working 24-hour shifts or haven't been home in days.