Memphis Flooding: How to Help Flood Victims

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Thousands of people from Arkansas to Tennessee are fleeing their homes ahead of recording-breaking flooding. Here's what you can do to help.

The Mississippi River's record crest was 48.7 feet in 1937 and the Army Corp of Engineers expects the river to rise to 48 feet by early Tuesday morning.

More than 1,300 homes are under an evacuation order and another 240 have been warned that they might need to leave. Nearly 400 people are staying in shelters. The damage has been extensive in places like Memphis where entire neighborhoods have been swallowed by the water and vehicles completely submerged.

Find out below how to help and donate to the flood relief effort.

Donate to the Flood Relief Effort

American Red Cross: The Red Cross is providing shelter and supplies to those who have been hardest hit. They have more than 400 volunteers on the ground.

To make a donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief, visit its online donation page.

You can also call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text "REDCROSS" to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

United Way: The United Way is collecting donations to support local nonprofit programs that are working to provide immediate and long-term recovery in the Memphis and Mid-South area.

To donate to the United Way, visit its online donation page.

The Salvation Army: The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services is responding to the floods and has opened three response stations in the Memphis area. The response stations provide hot food, snacks, drinks, hygiene and baby supplies as well as emotional and spiritual support.

To donate to the Salvation Army's flood relief efforts, visit, click on their donation page and designate "May Floods."

You can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and donors can text "GIVE" to 80888 to make a $10 donation. Checks can be made out to the Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 100339, Atlanta, Ga., 30384-0339.

Hope Presbyterian Church: Hope Presbyterian Church will serve as a donation and distribution hub, collecting donations to supply the shelters. Donations are accepted daily 7 a.m.-10 p.m. If you have any questions, please call (901) 755-7721.

To make a donation to Hope Presbyterian Church, visit its online donation section located at the bottom of this page.

All donated items must be new and in original packaging. At the request of the shelters, please only bring items from the list below:

Towels and washcloths BIG NEED FOR WASHCLOTHS

Batteries - sizes: C,D, AA, AAA BIG NEED

Ear Plugs BIG NEED

Socks for kids and adults BIG NEED

Flip Flops (for the showers) BIG NEED

Shaving cream/gel BIG NEED

Wal-Mart or Target gift cards BIG NEED

Deodorant Men's/Women's BIG NEED

Shampoo/conditioner (unopened hotel bottles work great)BIG NEED

Hair Brushes

Combs (Wide & Regular Tooth)

Pony tail holders/Hair clips

Body lotion

Hand Sanitizer


Toothbrushes (individually packaged)


Training/Toddler Toothpaste BIG NEED

Children's toothbrushes BIG NEED


General first-aid (band-aids, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, TUMS, rubbing alcohol) BIG NEED FOR RUBBING ALCOHOL & PEROXIDE


Diapers & Pull-Ups (all sizes) 0-3, 6, 2t, 3t, 4t, 5t

Baby/Child Medicine BIG NEED

Teething Medicine BIG NEED

Diaper Rash Cream BIG NEED

Travel size baby lotion & wash BIG NEED

Baby blankets

Baby food


Baby spoons

Baby bottles

Baby pacifiers

Baby Shampoo/Lotion/Wash

Baby bottle brushes

Baby formula (No generics please: Carnation or Gerber "Good Start Gentle Plus")


Vaseline (generic welcome) BIG NEED

Sanitary Pads/Tampons

Depends (NOT Adult Diapers) BIG NEED