How You Can Help the 1M Hurricane Florence Evacuees

Here's how you can make Hurricane Florence donations.

As the Carolinas and Virginia bear down and prepare for Hurricane Florence’s expected landfall on Sept. 14, the outpouring of relief aid has already begun. After Hurricanes Maria, Harvey and Irma left swaths of the U.S. and Puerto Rico in ruins, individuals, corporations and nonprofits made charitable donations to help the victims of the natural disasters.

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Before reaching for your own wallet, be wary of donating directly to individuals. Instead, donate to charities and authenticate the charity’s nonprofit status on Charity Navigator or GuideStar to ensure your generous donation finds its way to deserving hands.

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Here are some opportunities to make donations to benefit victims of Hurricane Florence:

  • Donate to Americares. The Connecticut-based nonprofit is collecting tax-deductible funds to be used for emergency medicine, supplies and other humanitarian aid.
  • Donate to the American Red Cross. For more than a century, the American Red Cross has been dedicated to serving those in need. Visit the website to make tax-deductible donations earmarked for Hurricane Florence, or text the word FLORENCE to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
  • Donate to Feed the Hunger. The North Carolina-based food pantry has already been busy emptying out its pantry to make sure no one goes hungry during the storm. The nonprofit is collecting cash donations online and accepting in-person donations of clean water at its headquarters in Graham, N.C.
  • Donate with GoFundMe. You can start your own crowdfunding campaign or surf the website and donate to an existing campaign. In light of recent alleged fraudulent crimes committed on the platform, the company has changed its policy and all donated funds will go directly to the intended recipient instead of the organizer.

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Even if you can’t donate money, you can still provide aid. Here are opportunities for nonmonetary donations:

  • Offer up your home to misplaced individuals or families. If you live in parts of Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia or Maryland, consider listing your sanctuary on Airbnb to shelter the nearly 1 million displaced residents who were forced to evacuate.  
  • Give blood. In anticipation of Southeastern hospitals running low, eligible donors — especially platelet and individuals with type O blood — are encouraged to visit an American Red Cross.
  • Foster or adopt a rescue animal. As a precautionary measure, volunteers and workers at North Carolina-based Brother Wolf Animal Rescue have been transporting animals out of the hurricane’s harmful path. If you’re living near Asheville, N.C., you can apply online to foster or permanently add a four-legged friend to your family. In Greenville, S.C., you can pick up a dog from Greenville County Animal Care Services to house as the facility makes room for huricane victims.

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