If you’ve watched any news, been on any social media, or haven’t been living under a rock for the past week, you know that Hurricane Florence tore through the Carolinas and wreaked havoc among the coast and the eastern parts of the state. I know for my hometown of Goldsboro, NC, hurricanes more times than not will cause the Neuse River to rise and flood many parts of the county. Throughout North Carolina there are so many people who have lost their homes and their belongings, and are pretty much having to start over.
For those of us lucky enough to not have been severely affected by the hurricane there are sooooo many ways we can help those who were. I’ve linked a few below, but there are also so many more options to chose from if you do a quick Google search.
When a disaster strikes, many people will pack obvious things such as clothes & medication, but not even think about things such as diapers, feminine hygiene products, and adult incontinence supplies. As the only statewide diaper bank in North Carolina, The Diaper Bank of North Carolina‘s mission to distribute dignity by providing basic hygiene needs during times of disaster. They take monetary donations, or you can drop off new & unused diapers, wipes, and sanitary pads to their headquarters (1311 East Club Blvd. Durham NC 27704.) If Amazon is more your speed, you can also donate items through their Amazon wishlist.
Per the Red Cross’s press release last week, “The Red Cross has urgent response preparations ongoing in South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. As many as 100,000 people may need emergency shelter, and the Red Cross is working with state and local officials to support these efforts. More than 1,600 people spent Tuesday night in 36 Red Cross and community shelters in South Carolina and North Carolina.” Through the American Red Cross you can donate in two different ways. You can either give blood, or make a monetary donation (make sure to select the Hurricane Florence option).
The United Way created the Hurricane Florence Recovery Fund to support local communities in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and the surrounding areas affected by Hurricane Florence. The fund is set up to, “help local United Ways meet the storm-related needs and support mid- and long-term recovery efforts throughout the affected regions”. The United Way is only accepting monetary donations via Bitcoin (how cool?!), card payments, check, or wire transfers.
Per the Save the Children website, “Save the Children is providing emergency relief to children and families living in shelters during Hurricane Florence.
Our relief experts are distributing cribs and receiving shipments of diapers, wipes, strollers and cribs for rapid distribution. We’ve opened child-friendly spaces in shelters to help children cope with their uncertainty and fears.” Through your monetary donation, they will provide hygiene kits to distribute at hurricane shelters, provide child friendly spaces at certain shelters that incorporate structure play and activities to help children cope with the fear and uncertainty they face. If this is an organization that interests you, you can read their crisis briefing more, here!
Not only were so many humans displaced during Florence, but so many precious animals were as well & we cannot forget about them in our disaster relief efforts. The Humane Society of the United States helps animals in harms way caused my natural disasters (such as Hurricanes), victims in extreme cases of cruelty, and the search, rescue, transport and emergency sheltering efforts after tragic storms. With a monetary donation, you’re able to help the sweet animals that aren’t able to help themselves in situations like these.
For those of us who were fortunate enough to not be in the direct path of Florence, it’s so important to help those that were. Please consider making a donation of any kind to help those who need it!