Some of Baltimore’s biggest private entities are stepping up with donations to assist more than 30,000 Texans displaced by Hurricane Harvey.
The Baltimore Ravens franchise announced today that it’s donating $1 million to the United Way of Greater Houston. The money will be split between the United Way Relief Fund for Hurricane Harvey, the Salvation Army of Houston and the Red Cross, according to a release.
Other big businesses in the city are also donating. Under Armour announced Monday that it’s sending $50,000 to Team Rubicon, which mobilizes military vets and first responders during disasters, sending them to the most critically affected areas.
“Our hearts go out to all of those impacted by Hurricane Harvey,” said CEO Kevin Plank in a statement. “We must all do our part in helping our communities persevere, recover and come back stronger than ever.”
Energy corporation Exelon, which opened an office at Harbor Point last fall, and its electricity-supplying subsidiary Constellation are donating $150,000 to the Red Cross. A Sugarland, Texas, minor league baseball stadium sporting Constellation’s name has served as a shelter and Red Cross volunteer training center.
Hurricane Harvey ripped through Southeast Texas and western Louisiana last weekend and this week. The storm dropped more than 50 inches of rain, sending at least 32,000 people from their homes into shelters and flooding major metro areas, including Houston and Corpus Christi. So far, 325,000 people have registered for FEMA assistance, ABC News reports. Thirty-nine people have been confirmed dead so far, CNN reports.
Everyone is working to pitch in. Maryland has sent hundreds of Red Cross and Salvation Army volunteers, as well as first responders to assist with rescues and cleanup. Baltimore County deployed five fire department personnel and one health and human services employee to the region.
Local organizations and businesses are also raising funds, including the Archdiocese of Baltimore, La Food Marketa at Quarry Lake and several stores at Green Spring Station.
Harvey’s remnants will move northeast from Louisiana through the end of this week, and could bring some rain to Maryland during Labor Day weekend, forecasters say.