Members of American Legion Garden Oaks Post 560 in Houston prepare meals for emergency response workers in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Photo by Todd Spoth

Texas posts serving as donation centers and shelters

As disaster relief efforts continue in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, American Legion posts in Texas are supporting their fellow Legion Family members and community.

"It's an absolute joy to see how the Legion in Texas and all over is stepping up. God bless every one of them," said Department of Texas Commander John Hince. "We are going to stay the course to get through this."

Several posts in Texas are collecting donations and providing shelter to hurricane victims. A few are:

The Walton F. Hoffman Memorial Post 179 in New Braunfels. The post is accepting donations to help support the San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders' statewide drive for Hurricane Harvey victims.

The post is looking for non-perishable food items, blankets, clean clothing, shoes, toiletries and any other items one can think of that victims will need as they recover from the devastation.

Donations can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily at Post 179, located at 410 W. Coll St., New Braunfels. Volunteers are also needed to help with the collection and distribution of items.

Garden Oaks, Inc., Post 560 in Houston. The post is acting as a donation center for supplies, such as water, food, clothing, etc. Post 560 address is 3720 Alba Rd., Houston. Hince and others will be delivering supplies on Friday to the post and others in the area.

Post 291 in San Leon. The post is collecting donations and acting as a shelter for those in need. The post is located at 1402 FM 517 South, San Leon.

More Legion posts are helping out and donation deliveries are scheduled. Follow the Texas State Commander Facebook page for more information.

Earl Graham Post 159 in Bryan, which Hince is a member of, has collected financial contrbutions to support those in need, including $500 for Post 72 in Lumberton to help them deliver milk, bread and other supplies to victims. The post members also donated $2,000 to the Legion's National Emergency Fund (NEF). Hince has been fielding hundreds of call from Legionnaires across the country wanting to donate financially. He is directing every one to donate to NEF.

"I love my post," Hince said. "We believe NEF is going to be a big deal for Legion Family members, as well as TFA (Temporary Financial Assistance) for veterans."

To stay informed on how The American Legion in Texas is helping its community or what supplies are needed and where, follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/txlegion.