Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 09/07/2011

Texas wildfires: How you can help


Nathan and Deborah Torkelson embrace outside their home, which was destroyed by fire near Bastrop, Tex. (Jay Janner - AP)
Wildfires that destroyed hundreds of homes and claimed several lives in Bastrop, Tex., are only 30 percent contained after days of firefighters working to control them.

There are a number of ways you can help the wildfire victims, whether you are in Texas or thousands of miles away. Many agencies are suggesting ways to help on Twitter using the hashtags #txfire, #txwildfire or #centraltxfires or you can see our full list, with help from local station KXAN below:

Volunteer

— To help the Red Cross, call 512-928-4271

Donate

— Give to the Austin Disaster Relief Network by calling the Public Hotline at 512-331-2200 or the Fire Victim Relief Hotline at 512-331-2600

— E-mail serve@celebrationchurchtx.com to donate supplies and relief.

— Give money to American Red Cross.

— E-mail faithfamilyhomes@yahoo.com or call 210-334-1708 to donate clothing or food to Faith Family Services in Hutto.

— Give to the Catholic Charities of Central Texas by calling (512) 651-6102.

Help cleanup

— Follow @ACFellowship to learn how you can help clean up. You’ll need large trash bags, work gloves, bottled water, nonperishable snacks and toiletries.

Help animals

— Follow @austinpetsalive to find out to help with displaced pets, e-mail pass@austinpetsalive.org, or call at 512-961-6433

— Visit the animal shelter at the dog park, across from the Bastrop Police Department or call 512-629-3159

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