Hurricane Florence left a devastating path of destruction in its wake over the weekend, and unfortunately there could be more damage yet to come. However, in the midst of this turmoil, many organizations have already stepped up to do what they can to help those affected by this giant storm. So many kind and generous people are asking themselves, "how can I help Hurricane Florence relief efforts?" and we wanted to let you all know that there are numerous ways you can help. We've compiled a list of ways that you can take action right now to help hurricane victims and those who are actively working to aid them.
In the aftermath of a storm, cash is king. It's the easiest way for people far and wide to contribute and it can be turned into any kind of resource that might be needed. Below are just a few of the wonderful organizations that have set up funds to help Hurricane Florence relief efforts.
- The American Red Cross: One of the oldest disaster relief organizations can always be counted on to rise to the occasion when an area is in need. You can make a donation specific to Hurricane Florence relief on their website.
- Salvation Army: Another well-known non-profit that has worked tirelessly for years to help our those in need. You can make a donation on their website, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or text "STORM" to 51555. Or you can tell Amazon's Alexa to "make a donation to the Salvation Army."
- Save The Children: This is an organization dedicated to ensuring that children are protected and in a safe place, not just during times of crises but all the time. To make a Florence-specific donation, visit their website.
- Catholic Charities of USA: The official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church. CCUSA deploys disaster response experts to support local Catholic Charities agencies in their work providing direct assistance to affected communities and identifying long term recovery needs. Donate on their website.
There are other impactful ways to donate in this time of need that doesn't involve direct monetary donations. If you feel called to volunteer, do your research and make sure you'll be more of a help than a hindrance. Below are some options if this is more up your alley.
Samaritan's Purse U.S. Disaster Relief is looking for volunteers to help homeowners recover from Hurricane Florence. Sign up to volunteer here.
American Red Cross has a wide range of volunteer opportunities to match interest and time commitment. Find out how you can help here.
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster has local chapters in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia and they can direct you to specific non-governmental organizations that need volunteers here.
Donation Drives are one of the best ways to volunteer your time and goods. If you are in the Raleigh N.C. area, please consider donating to the donation drive set up by WRAL, GoTriangle, United Way and The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. It is taking place Thursday (Sept. 11) from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Carter Finley Stadium inside Gate A off Trinity Road. Learn more about what they need here.
Corporations Stepping Up
- The Charlotte Hornets and its owner, Michael Jordan (a Wilmington, N.C. native) have partnered with numerous local organizations to provide direct relief to Hurricane Florence victims. You can donate on their platform here.
Lowe's is donating $2 million to support relief and recovery efforts. The company is also deploying over 400 associates to volunteer in the areas most affected by Hurricane Florence. They have also set up a platform to donate to the American Red Cross here.
7-Eleven is donating truckloads of supplies to victims of Hurricane Florence. They are also asking customers to add $1 to their purchases in store nationwide that will support the American Red Cross. If you don't have a 7-Eleven close by, you can donate here.
Zonkd is headquartered in North Carolina and its founders have called the state home for their whole lives. We grew up going to the beautiful beaches along the East Coast and are devastated to see it affected so greatly. Because of this, we are pledging 20% of our proceeds throughout September to the North Carolina Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund. So, when you choose to snooze with Zonkd, you are also helping us help those in need.
In times of crises it's heartening to see people come together and do what they can to help out. We hope this has helped you find a way to contribute to those that have lost so much during the storm.