With the recent hurricane that swept across North and South Carolina last week, I wanted to share with you a few ways you can assist in the recovery efforts.
This post does not contain any pretty home decor photos or diy projects as those of us who survived the recent hurricane, we are in survival mode. Pictures of the damage and destruction have been all over the news, it is clear that there is a ton of work to be done.
Fortunately, we have people who have come to our aide from all over the country. The needs of many are great, including the volunteers who are helping people in cleaning up, repairing their homes and trying to get back to the every day of life.
Just this morning at church it was mentioned that county officials, local law enforcement and local firemen have been working around the clock for 17 days straight in addition to those that came to this area to help.
Community is being shown in ways we never could have imagined, people who have suffered are giving of their time and efforts to help others in the community. Coming together in love and community with people we live with in this area and those whom we have never met, it is an amazing thing to watch and restores our faith in humanity.
Below I wanted to share some ways that you too can help with recovery efforts for those affected by hurricane Florence.
Organizations that aide in disaster recovery:
American Red Cross.org – you can make a donation and be sure to designate Florence relief efforts, you can call 1800-Red-Cross or text Florence to 90999, they are also in need of blood donations.
Sbpusa.org – A national disaster resilience and recovery team. Their organization rebuilds, shares, prepares, advises and advocates for better disaster recovery. Example’s of what your donations could provide:
$50.00 buys protective equipment for volunteers
$100.00 buys mucking and getting supplies for 10 volunteers
$500.00 buys new flooring for flooded homes
$1000.00 funds mold treatment for one house
World Hope International – A Christian relief and development organization that has a fund set up to give relief and supplies to those affected by Hurricane Florence.
There are several local organizations that have come to the aide of those suffering in our community.
Share the Table is a local community meal, food pantry and backpack program that has received many donations for those in need of meals and pantry items. They are loacated in Surf City, NC or email at www.sharethetablenc.com
www.allhandsandhearts.org is providing meals to those that are unable to get to supplies due to flooding as that is the most immediate need right now. There are currently 1100 roads closed in North Carolina currently according to CBS News.
Some other ideas would be to donate food to the Humane Society as many pets and farm animals have been displaced, volunteer or donate to the Habitat for Humanity.
There are so many needs in North and South Carolina that any donations given would be greatly appreciated, and if you are not in a position to donate monetarily, possibly you could donate your time in some way.
If you are local and want to help, ask on Facebook, at church or ask anyone you see that is hurting what it is they need. Take a meal, do some laundry, help them box up what belongings they have left or offer to entertain their children, relieving them of some added stresses that they are experiencing right now could make a big difference.
Before you make any donations to help with the recovery efforts, please be sure that you are donating to a reputable organization and that you are not being taken advantage of. Unfortunately, in times like these, scammers tend to prey on those that want to help or need help, so just be cautious.
Until next time.