Hurricane Harvey continues to take a toll on residents of south Texas, and more than two feet of rainwater now rests in the streets, homes and businesses of the citizens of Houston and surrounding cities. Elsewhere, damaging winds are responsible for further devastation in cities like Rockport and Corpus Christi.

Still, the worst is yet to come.

While trained volunteers and professionals contend with emergencies on the ground, communities around Grayson County can do their part by donating money and supplies to agencies that serve disaster victims.

Many local groups are already stepping up, and relief efforts are in the works among other leading community churches and businesses. Those looking to volunteer their money or time should begin by researching charitable organizations that are working with emergency management services. Agencies like the American Red Cross, Save the Children and the Greater Houston Community Foundation are good places to start.

The Herald Democrat is also working to establish a donation site in our Sherman office at 603 S. Sam Rayburn. If you are a business owner, part of a school or non-profit organization or just a concerned citizen, please consider attending the first meeting of the Grayson County Office of Emergency Management team Thursday at 9 a.m. in the second floor assembly room of the Grayson County Courthouse.

Happy birthday to Hannah Viola Sommers, Patti Tribble and Sandra Clark, all of Sherman; Terrie Farris of Howe; Elizabeth Linwood and Margarigtie Hall, both of Denison; Amelia Walters of Allen; and Ralph Brown of Whitewright.

Happy anniversary to Patricia and Jerry Toliver of Savoy, 48 years; Mike and Nelda Stedman of Savoy, 32 years; Stephen and Maggie White of Pottsboro, 14 years.