As we all know, the lower East coast is currently being hit by Hurricane Florence. We have decided to dedicate this week’s blog with some helpful information for those of you who are asking the question, “ how can we help?” Below are some tips and agencies that are working now and will be fully engaged next week to deliver the lifeline of donations and volunteers to help the people and facilities of the Carolina’s and other impacted areas on the south eastern seaboard.
If you’re adamant about sending goods instead of donating money, remember to give non-perishable, canned, and vacuum packed items along with diapers, feminine hygiene products, tooth brushes, paper plates and towels. Many excellent charities are devoted to sending cases of water and boxes of food, but simple items like laundry soap, deodorant, sanitary wipes, garbage bags and sunblock are often overlooked necessities that can be purchased in bulk “travel-size” boxes and sent or dropped at donation centers.
While we understand the deep, compassionate desire to comb through your own home and take from your own cupboards to send non-perishable food items to those in need, we strongly recommend that people work with local and national charities who are prepared, on the ground, and committed to giving help to impacted communities. Everglory has prepared a list of reputable local and national charities that can help. If you have any questions or concerns, we’d like to direct you to Charity Navigator.org, which is a comprehensive list of charitable organizations and their star ratings, donation history and other valuable information. To make it easy, we’ve linked the page regarding assistance during Hurricane Florence. We wish our fellow East Coasters the fastest and safest recovery out of the storm.