Those of us who were sparred from the hurricane must gather to help all of those now in distress and needing some help!
Here is a list of confident ways to donate or help people in need.
The Florida Disaster Fund benefits disaster and response in areas affected by natural disasters. Donations can be made online here or you can text DISASTER to 20222 to make a $10 donation or DISASTER25 to 20222 to make a $25 donation. You can also click here for details on how to send a check.
The Red Cross has set up a fund specifically for Hurricane Michael victims.
Click to donate online and find information on how to donate by phone or mail.
OneBlood is urging any who is eligible to donate blood. Find a list of OneBlood location across Florida on their website.
LifeSouth is also looking for blood donors to help the organization maintain blood supply at hospitals in the impacted areas. Click to find a blood drive or donor center in your area.
Volunteer Florida has created a Hurricane Michael Volunteer Database Registration, where users can fill out a form detailing their skills, where they live, what languages they speak and any other pertinent information that will then be distributed to Volunteer Florida's partner organizations that are in need of volunteers. Click to fill out that form.
The Salvation Army has a web page dedicated to collecting donations for victims of Hurricane Michael and Hurricane Florence. Donations can also be made my phone or through mail, click for more information on that. Organization officials said they accept donated items in some disasters, depending on the item. To fill out that donation form.
Second Harvest Food Bank in Orlando is adding more volunteer opportunities to build disaster relief meal boxes. The 15-inch boxes are packed with ready-to-eat foods, toilet paper and paper towels. The goal is to pack 2,000 boxes a day. The organization has volunteer spots open as early as next Thursday. For more information, Call them.
Goodwill is putting out a call to drop off everyday-use items. People can drop off items at any Goodwill donation location; they should let the Goodwill employee know it’s meant for hurricane recovery and it will be designated for distribution to survivors in the Panhandle and Big Bend areas. Items needed include: clothing, shoes, blankets and towels, couches, chairs, tables, dishes, silverware, cups. You can find the nearest donation location by visiting www.goodwillcfl.org.
The Humane Society of the United States has rescue teams responding to the animal shelters in the Panhandle as they continue to move equipment and personnel to the hardest hit areas to assess the needs of animals and shelter staff. Click to donate.
Airbnb hosts in certain areas are opening up their homes for free to displaced Hurricane Michael survivors. Click to sign up your home or to find a shelter.
Save the Children has deployed emergency response teams to make sure children and families have hygiene kits, portable cribs, washbasins, diapers and other essentials after the storm. Click to donate to the agency's Hurricane Michael relief fund.
Clean the World in Orlando has a goal to make 100,000 hygiene kits complete with recycled soaps and shampoos to deliver to those who are homeless or in shelters in the Panhandle. They send out shipments every day and are working with The Red Cross and Salvation Army to distribute them. They have opportunities to volunteer as early as this weekend. To sign up.
Feeding Children Everywhere in Longwood has also set up a Hurricane Relief fund. The non-profit will be packing up boxes of shelf-stable foods to send to Hurricane Michael victims. How many boxes will be sent depends on how many donations they get, both monetary and food donations. For a list of foods that are needed, call them.
Tito's Vodka is asking its fans and followers to donate to Team Rubikon through a Facebook fundraiser. Tito's will match every donation made up to $25,000. Team Rubikon is an organization in which military veterans are paired with first responders to assist in disaster relief. Click here to read more about Team Rubikon or click to donate to the Facebook fundraiser.
GoFundMe has a list of verified campaigns that are raising funds to help with Hurricane Michael relief. Click to see the verified campaigns.
American Kidney Fund is helping dialysis patients get to treatment, replace medication and more. Click to donate to the organization's Hurricane Michael disaster relief fund.
International Medical Corps has sent doctors and nurses to help staff medical facilities and special-needs shelters in the Panhandle.
If anyone is in need of contacting someone. Let me know. I have connections all around Panama City and Mexico Beach areas.
Locally you can drop off items to help at FREEPORT CITY HALL.
I pray for you all who has suffered loss from this hurricane. The strongest recorded to hit landfall in these United States.
Keep those affected in your prayers this will take quite some time to heal and rebuilding is an overwhelming thought to many folks who are stunned in paradise.
Feel free to contact me for help. I will do what I can to ease despair and loneliness.