Hurricane Relief and Ways You Can Help
With the recent natural disaster, Hurricane Michael, and even Hurricane Florence, you may be wondering how you can help. It does not matter if you live in the area or if you live hundreds or thousands of miles away from the affected areas, there are still opportunities to make a difference for those who experienced the devastation.
If you have additional funds available to you, and you would like to donate to disaster relief here are some ways to do so:
- If you have unlimited messaging and would like to donate through text, you can donate $10 to the American Red Cross at 90999
- For additional American Red Cross donations, visit their website: https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation.html/
- You can donate to the “Save the Children” foundation here: https://support.savethechildren.org/site/Donation2;jsessionid=00000000.app334a?df_id=2805&2805.donation=form1&NONCE_TOKEN=2E53579E7B9104FC39B395D92ADFEFB4
At this time, donating supplies is not recommended, but there may still be local churches that are taking up donations if you would like to help in this way.
If you are interested in volunteering for this relief program, check out these links:
- You can volunteer for a Florida sponsored organization here: https://www.volunteerflorida.org/
- If you would like to become a Red Cross volunteer you can apply here: https://volunteerconnection.redcross.org/?nd=rco_opportunity_browse_list&postal_code=32410
- There may be local churches preparing for mission trips or disaster relief trips to these locations, which you may be able to be included in
If you do not have the time or funds to donate to the relief, you can always donate blood. The American Red Cross needs blood daily, so when disaster strikes it becomes even more in demand. There are plenty of local places to donate for the American Red Cross, and here is a link to find one near you: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive
Times like this can be terrifying, but if everyone sticks together and does something, even if it’s small, a difference can be made. I know some retail stores are accepting $1-$10 donations upon check out, so you could even go shopping and still help someone in need.
I remember when the April 27, 2011 tornadoes tore through miles of cities and left homes demolished and people stranded. It was not hard to want to help then, and I do not think it will ever be a tough decision to want to help in any way I can. I will be donating blood soon and hope to catch the rooms full. Please consider how you would like people to respond to your needs in such a time, but if you absolutely cannot do any of the things listed above, just getting the word out there for other people to try and participate is good enough.