The best way of helping folks in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey now is to make financial contributions to the American Red Cross, reports Community Services Agency Executive Director Kathleen McKirchy. "As we get more info we'll keep folks posted. We have a sister labor agency in Houston and the central labor council and state federation will be letting the AFL-CIO Community Services Network know what is needed." Generally in disasters, McKirchy adds, the best thing to donate is money. "Clothes, food etc take people to sort, clean, transport and distribute, while money helps support local businesses and entities get back on their feet as people buy locally once they can."