In the days following the devastation of Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean, Virgin Islands, & Florida Keys, many people may be wondering how they can offer a helping hand to the impacted areas. Although we did not take as much impact from the storm as we thought, our friends and family in the places that were have been faced with unimaginable devastation. This is why it is our duty to do as much as possible to help these residents during this difficult time as they try to rebuild their lives and homes. Here are some ways you can help the victims of Hurricane Irma:
- Volunteer Florida: Volunteer Florida is the state’s leading agency for volunteers and donations before, during, and after disasters. https://www.volunteerflorida.org/irma/
- OneBlood: Local not-for-profit blood center serving Florida and the majority of the Southeast. https://www.oneblood.org/Hurricane-Irma/
- AirBNB: Many people have made their homes free and available to evacuees. To make your home a lisiting, visit https://www.oneblood.org/Hurricane-Irma/
- ASPCA: You can also help the animals affected by Irma as well by donating to the ASPCA. https://secure.aspca.org/donate/2017-web-irm-res-fir-T1-P1
- Adopt Locally: Check your local pet shelters to see if you can adopt or foster a displaced animal.
- Big Dog Ranch Rescue
- Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League
- Furry Friends Adoption Clinic & Ranch
- Feeding South Florida: Visit the Feeding South Florida website to find a food bank open for donations near you or create a fundraiser and register your drive to collect items in your area. https://feedingsouthflorida.org/?ncid=edlinkushpmg00000313
- GoFundMe: Donate to the Direct Impact fund or create your own fundraiser to benefit someone affected by the hurricane. https://www.gofundme.com/Irma
Some residents of the Keys ignored evacuation warnings and stayed behind, witnessing the hurricane firsthand.
Posted by The New York Times on Tuesday, September 12, 2017