Hurricane Matthew: How to help with food, medicine and financial donations
HOUSTON — Thousands of East Coast residents ravaged by Hurricane Matthew are still suffering as flood waters continue to rise to historic levels in parts of the country.
The American Red Cross has mobilized a massive response effort spanning four states – and this work is just beginning. On Tuesday evening, nearly 4,500 people were still seeking refuge in 77 Red Cross and community shelters across the southeast. Since Hurricane Matthew first threatened the U.S., Red Cross and community partners have served thousands of meals and snacks, and provided more than 70,000 overnight stays in shelters. That’s more overnight stays than after Superstorm Sandy.
Many families have lost everything as a result of Hurricane Matthew and its torrential flooding. The Red Cross is providing food, shelter, comfort, emotional support and health services to help people cope with this devastation.
Hurricane Matthew also forced the cancellation of 95 Red Cross blood drives in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, resulting in nearly 3,000 blood and platelet donations going uncollected. Blood and platelet donations are urgently needed.
There are many resources available for those affected by Hurricane Matthew, and we want to help the communities as much as we can. In addition to the Red Cross, we have listed more sources where you can donate money, food and medicine.
The Red Cross depends on donations to provide immediate relief. More information can be found online at redcross.org. You can also call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word MATTHEW to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
The organization is also asking eligible individuals in parts of the country unaffected by the storm to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets as soon as possible. Appointments can be made by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org.
The International Business Times compiled the following list for more resources:
The Salvation Army is accepting donations for its Caribbean hurricane relief fund online here, via phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY and via mail at Salvation Army World Service Office, Hurricane Matthew Relief, P.O. Box 418558, Boston, MA 02241-8558.
Save the Children, a children’s rights nongovernmental organization, is collecting donations to set up kid-friendly areas at shelters where little ones can play while their parents deal with damage, according to a news release. Check out its Matthew relief fund here.
Global Giving, a crowdfunding site, set up a Matthew relief fund for “locally driven relief and recovery efforts on the ground,” according to its website. Once the first round of cleanup is done, it’s planning to use the money for long-term rebuilding projects. Donate online here, text MATTHEW to 80100 or send checks to GlobalGiving, 1110 Vermont Ave NW, Suite 550, Washington, D.C. 20005.
UNICEF is operating similarly, helping vulnerable children after the storm passes, according to its website. Donate directly to its Matthew relief fund here.
Food for the Poor plans to distribute 30 containers full of rice, meat and blankets to southern Haiti, according to its website. It sent batteries, chainsaws, generators, lights and stoves to Jamaica before the storm hit. Donate money online here or drop off canned food at 6401 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, FL 33073.
Catholic Relief Services is collecting money for water, shelter and hygiene supplies, according to its website. The religious group will also “monitor potential outbreaks of cholera and other diseases.” Check out the organization here.
LiveBeyond, which describes itself as “a faith-based, non-profit on a mission to transform Haiti,” has opened up a hurricane relief fund here. Donations will provide the Thomazeau commune with food, water and medical care.
The Man Dodo Humanitarian Foundation is requesting pain relievers, baby formula, clothes and antibiotics, all of which can be dropped off at 3333 NW 168th St., Miami Gardens, FL 33056, CBS Miami reported.