Boston City Hall kicked off a supply drive Tuesday for those impacted in Texas by the massive flooding caused by Tropical Storm Harvey.
The “Help for Houston” supply drive is accepting new clothing and blankets, toiletries, diapers, baby formula and non-perishable food. It runs through Thursday.
There are multiple drop-off locations, including the third and fifth floor lobbies in City Hall, the fifth floor of 1010 Massachusetts Ave. and the first floor lobby at 26 Court St.
Within the first hour on Tuesday, the first bin was already overflowing with donations.
Pat Wallace of South Boston was one of those who dropped off a donation on Tuesday morning.
"Because I'm an American and they're Americans, right?" Wallace said. "I mean they're my people, they're our people. We gotta take care of everybody, right?"
"When you see these people in such a position, your heart really goes out to them," added Gloria Phillip of Mission Hill. "If it happened here, they would help us."
Carmen Rodriguez of Roslindale said she understands what the people of Houston are going through. She lost everything in a Florida storm years ago.
"I gotta tell you, I spent the day yesterday crying, feeling bad for those people," she said. "I'm glad they're doing something for them."
For any residents looking to volunteer, the American Red Cross will begin offering training this week at its Cambridge office for anyone who has the time an interest in donating their time.
Meanwhile, experts are warning people who wish to donate money to be wary of scams.
The Better Business Bureau recommends donating to the American Red Cross, AmeriCares, Direct Relief, Humane Society of the United States, the United Way of Greater Houston and Save the Children.