Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma have left a trail of devastation for thousands in their wake through Texas, Florida and many Caribbean Islands. Our thoughts go out to all of those affected by these natural disasters.
Now looking forward there will be a huge need for disaster relief that will include cleanup, supplies, and donations. Here are some ways you can help:
- Donate Money. The simplest way you can get involved in the relief help is to donate monetarily. Families have lost everything and will have to rebuild their homes and their lives. Look around your local town and you will see companies and businesses all over supporting relief efforts. It might be a dollar at checkout at the grocery store. So give what you can, every little bit will help! If you are looking for the easiest way to get involved, you can text HARVEY or IRMA to 90999 to automatically give $10. You can also look at the Red Cross website to donate.
- Donate Time. Volunteer your time to the relief effort. There are a lot of opportunities, but also a lot of volunteers. If you are thinking or wanting to volunteer, talk with the program you are assisting and make sure that the best way you can help is through volunteering. Sometimes, in these situations, there can be too many volunteers where other donations are needed more. If more volunteers aren’t needed, there are plenty of other ways to help.
- Donate Supplies. What better time than now to clean out your closet? Have good-conditioned clothes that aren’t being worn? Donate them to the Hurricane victims as many have lost everything. This is a great opportunity to gives to the disaster victims. The Salvation Army is a great resource for donating supplies! Affected areas will need water and food to keep displaced victims fed and hydrated. They will need cleaning supplies and anything that will help repair the damage. If you are wanting to get involved and offer aid, check out The Salvation Army donation page to learn how you can best help.
Natural disasters can be completely devastating, but they can also bring together communities. Please give where you can and keep these towns in your thoughts as they begin to rebuild!