How You Can Help Victims of Hurricane Matthew
Hurricane Matthew has caused extreme devastation to Haiti, and caused significant damage to the Southeastern United States. Around the Jersey Shore, Hurricane Sandy taught us all how difficult it can be to recover from a storm. So many others helped us in our time of need. So how can you help?
AMERICAN RED CROSS - The American Red Cross has set up shelters and emergency services across the southeast. In fact, more than 18,000 people across four states woke up Saturday morning in 183 Red Cross and community evacuation shelters. Plus, the storm cancelled blood drives this week. This has caused a critical shortage (especially for platelets).
To make a financial donation to the American Red Cross you can call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word MATTHEW to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.
The American Red Cross is hosting several blood drives across Ocean County (and Monmouth County) over the next several weeks. Check for a blood drive near you online or call 1-800-RED CROSS to make an appointment.
THE SALVATION ARMY - The Salvation Army has sent resources and personnel to assist wit the relief efforts in Haiti and Jamaica. They are also working in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. Get details on how to donate to the Salvation Army's relief efforts for Hurricane Matthew here or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769).
WORLD VISION - World Vision serves more than 900,000 people through programs in 200 rural and urban communities in Haiti, according to a press release. Before the storm the organization told weather.com that they were preparing to provide relief to as many as 250,000 people. Donations are being accepted on the World Vision website.
CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL DISASTER ASSISTANCE - The Center for International Disaster Assistance has also compiled a list of organizations that are responding to areas affected by Hurricane Matthew. They also have tips for giving and how you can track your financial donations.
This list is just meant as a starter for organizations that offering support. Experts say do your own research, and they also advise that financial donations are best.
Of course, before donating it is important to check with any charity to confirm how they will use your donation. The White House has linked to the Center for International Disaster Assistance for a complete list of organizations that are providing relief efforts. Some experts also recommend checking with the Better Business Bureau before donating.