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Here's what Colorado is doing and how you can help Harvey victims

Posted at 7:31 PM, Aug 28, 2017

DENVER – Several Colorado businesses, agencies and volunteers are taking action and helping the thousands affected by Hurricane Harvey.

The disaster unfolded on an epic scale in one of America's most sprawling metropolitan centers and now many Coloradans have already been deployed to help with relief efforts. But many can help without leaving the state.

The Hornet Restaurant on Broadway in Denver is holding a fundraiser Thursday to help the victims of the storm. The restaurant will be donating 25 percent of its total net sales for the entire day to the American Red Cross. The event will feature live music and food specials.

Miller Coors, which said it has deep roots in Texas, has been shipping drinking water to the area. The company is also matching Red Cross donations made by its employees.

In addition, several agencies have been sending aid to the area, including deploying crews and volunteers. More than 20 firefighters from multiple Colorado fire departments are already in Texas helping with the humanitarian effort.

Local Red Cross officials are sending over 40 personal to help with relief efforts. 

“We are sending all of our folks and vehicles to help support this massive effort,” said Colorado Red Cross Spokesperson, Nigel Holderby.

Broncos players are also getting involved. Several have them have taken to Twitter to push their followers to donate to the Red Cross.

How you can help

According to the Red Cross, it is mobilizing hundreds of trained Red Cross disaster relief workers, truckloads of kitchen supplies and tens of thousands of ready-to-eat meals. The Red Cross has trailers full of shelter supplies including cots and blankets, the Red Cross said.

To donate to the Red Cross, text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. The Red Cross is also accepting contributions to its website

The Salvation Army is accepting donations through its website, or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, of VOAD, is seeking volunteers for future hurricane response. Go here to get more information on helping the National VOAD.

Avoid scams

The Better Business Bureau says it's seeing "crowdfunding appeals of a dubious nature" and warns of "storm chasers" who will try to "make a quick buck off of clean-up efforts" in the days ahead. 

Find out tips to avoid becoming a victim.