How to Help Those Affected by Hurricane Matthew in the U.S. And Abroad
In the wake of devastation left by the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew across the Atlantic including Haiti the Bahamas, Cuba and portions of the East Coast of the U.S. there are many needs. How can you help? There are needs for donations of money, blood/platelets and time.
Here are a few ways you can help:
The Salvation Army
In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, your steadfast support allows The Salvation Army to provide food, shelter, emotional and spiritual care, and other forms of emergency assistance to disaster survivors and rescue workers. Your gifts will help bring hope to people in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and other states affected by this terrible storm and provide The Salvation Army with the resources needed to offer comfort to people through their darkest days.
— Salvation Army EDS (@SalArmyEDS) October 11, 2016
The American Red Cross
As Hurricane Matthew continued its path of destruction up the southeast coast, the American Red Cross expanded its massive sheltering effort to span five states. More than 13,400 people in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Virginia woke up Sunday morning in 248 Red Cross and community evacuation shelters.
“Matthew isn’t done with us yet. In North Carolina, the storm is causing deadly flooding and we have safe shelters open where conditions permit,” said Brad Kieserman, vice president, Disaster Operations and Logistics for the Red Cross. “Our first priority is keeping people safe. We anticipate flooding may continue for days in the Carolinas and we are working with the entire response community to make everyone safely gets the help they need.”
Need for Platelets & Blood Donations
The need for platelets is especially critical due to the loss of these donations in affected areas. Platelets, a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, must be transfused within five days of donation and, therefore, are always in demand.
In parts of the country unaffected by the storm, the Red Cross needs eligible individuals to please give blood or platelets now to help ensure we have a readily available blood supply for patients in need. Even before the threat of Hurricane Matthew, there was an urgent need for donors of all blood types, especially type O. Appointments can be made by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
To help people affected by Hurricane Matthew, please text the word MATTHEW to 90999 to make a $10 donation. pic.twitter.com/Y6BifIdg6W
— American Red Cross (@RedCross) October 9, 2016
The Humane Society of the United States
Your Animal Rescue Team is lending a hand to animals affected by Hurricane Matthew and is standing by to assist in more ways in the coming days.
— Humane Society (@HumaneSociety) October 11, 2016
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(Headline Image: American Red Cross)