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****HOW TO HELP HURRICANE FLORENCE VICTIMS****
The following is a list of volunteer and financial support opportunities to help people affected by Hurricane Florence.
North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund activated by Gov. Roy Cooper's office to accept donations to support North Carolina’s response to Hurricane Florence. Click here or text FLORENCE to 20222 to donate.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC has activated a giving page for donations to support their network response efforts, including securing staging and distributing water and food for impacted families. Click here to donate.
Samaritan's Purse U.S. Disaster Relief will be helping homeowners recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Florence. Click here to donate.
American Red Cross is collecting money to help disaster victims. Click here to donate.
The Salvation Army is mobilizing to help those affected by the storm. Click here to donate.
United Way has created the United Way Hurricane Florence Recovery Fund to support local communities in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and the surrounding areas affected by the storm. Click here to donate.
Habitat for Humanity is collecting donations that will be used to respond to Hurricane Florence. Click here to donate.
Americares is collecting donations to provide emergency medicine, supplies and other humanitarian aid. Click here to donate.
American Humane has already evacuated animals from a shelter in the path of the hurricane, transporting them more than 800 miles to safe, dry ground. Click here to donate.
Save the Children is providing resources to children and families in the Carolinas affected by the storm. Click here to donate.
Matthew 25: Ministries is planning a deployment for the organization's fleet of disaster response vehicles for deployment. Click here to donate.
Sprint is offering a text-to-donate for customers to help those impacted by Florence. Customers who want to make a $10 donation can text FLORENCE to:
- 90999 to support American Red Cross
- 80100 to support Global Giving
- 20222 to support United Way of North Carolina
- 501501 to support United Way of South Carolina
The Cajun Navy. Accepting monetary donations and supplies, along with volunteers. Several groups volunteer under the Cajun Navy name, such as United Cajun Navy, Cajun Navy 2016 and Louisiana Cajun Navy. Make sure to do research on individual groups before donating or volunteering. The groups currently have volunteers in North Carolina and South Carolina to assist with search-and-rescue work. More information about how to help their efforts can be found on their respective Facebook pages and websites.
Catholic Charities. Accepting monetary donations online and via phone or text. Catholic Charities says it has staff ready to send to local agencies that may need support. It also has a mobile response unit with room for food as well as health and hygiene kits and pulling trailer with a washer and dryer ready to be sent to affected areas. The organization says it will forward all funds raised for Hurricane Florence to the local Catholic Charities agencies in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia to provide relief to affected communities.
Global Giving – Disaster Recovery Network. Accepting monetary donations online to support the Disaster Recovery Network fund. As of Friday afternoon, Global Giving was only at about $2,600 of its goal to raise $5 million to support relief efforts with emergency supplies like food, water and medicine. The group will also "support longer-term recovery assistance to help residents recover and rebuild" if needed.
Mercy Corps. Accepting donations to its Humanitarian Response Fund online. Mercy Corps, based in Portland, Oregon, says it is one the ground and ready to respond to Hurricane Florence. The organization is working with Team Rubicon, which teams military veterans with first responders to deploy emergency response teams.
Team Rubicon. Accepting monetary donations online. Team Rubicon, which teams military veterans with first responders to deploy emergency response teams, has teams ready to respond in the Carolinas, Virginia and Georgia.
UNICEF. Accepting monetary donations online.
Diaper Bank of North Carolina. Accepting online monetary donations as well as in-person donations of diapers, feminine hygiene products and adult incontinence supplies. It was not clear if the diaper bank was accepting donations via mail. Contact email@example.com for more details.
Harvest Hope Food Bank. Accepting monetary donations online. The food bank has locations across South Carolina, including in Columbia, Lexington, Greenville and Florence.
Loaves & Fishes. Accepting monetary donations online. The Charlotte, North Carolina-based group runs 33 emergency pantries across the state.
North Carolina Community Foundation. Accepting monetary donations to its Disaster Relief Fund online or via mail. The group asks that you designate your gifts for "Disaster Relief" or include a contribution form. Call 919-828-4387 or 800-532-1349 for help making a donation. Donors can:
- Mail checks to NCCF at 3737 Glenwood Ave. Suite 460, Raleigh, NC 27612
- Make a donation online through the NCCF website
- Find the contribution form by clicking here
PETS and ANIMALS
American Humane. Accepting monetary donations online. American Humane says its team helped evacuate 72 cats from a South Carolina shelter ahead of Florence, and will be assisting with search-and-rescue.
ASPCA. Accepting monetary donations online. The ASPCA says its disaster response team is in communications with local emergency responders in the Carolinas and will be available to assist in animal search-and-rescue, sheltering and placement.
Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. Accepting monetary donations to its Rapid Response Fund online. The Asheville, North Carolina-based organization was busy moving animals out of shelters before the storm and sent a team to the coast to assist in response, if needed.
Charleston Animal Society. Accepting monetary donations online to assist with animal rescue efforts as well as food and supplies for dogs, cats and other animals affected by the storm.
You can also make contributions to Army Emergency Relief, Air Force Aid Society, and the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. Those organizations are included on Charity Navigator's list and are providing Florence-related financial relief to current or former members of the military and their immediate family members.
Support GoFundMe Campaigns. You can support the official GoFundMe Hurricane Florence Relief fund here. GoFundMe has also created a hub where you can find verified campaigns or individual fundraisers for victims. The number and type of fundraisers will grow as Florence's damage becomes clear.
DONATE BLOOD. You can also HELP victims of this disaster by Donating Blood. Diseases and Illness will rise due to injuries and floods. Find a HERE your local American Red Cross Blood Drive, donate TODAY and Save a Life!
In addition, Google is matching up to $1 million in donations to the American Red Cross to support Florence relief. Donations can be made through Google.org to take advantage of the matching.