How To Help Hurricane Victims

I had a fun fall post scheduled for today but with Hurricane Irma this weekend and Harvey Harvey a few weeks ago and who knows how many more hurricanes maybe coming our way, I just wasn’t feeling it. It’s hard to be all fluff and happiness sometimes when there are natural disasters going on and it seems like the world is coming to an end. There are people suffering so what I want to buy for the fall just isn’t really all that important right now. Helping hurricane victims is what’s important. 

How To Help Hurricane Victims // The Krystal Diaries

The Caribbean and Florida were just hit by Irma and Harvey victims still have a long road to recovery. Any little bit you can give can help so many. You can donate your time, items or money. I know we can’t all pack up and fly out to the affected areas but donating items and money are just as good and helpful.

Check with your local churches/synagogues/mosques (pick one anyone you don’t have to belong to it or practice) and town municipalities to see what they’re putting together. See if they are collecting goods or money to send. Some may even be looking for volunteers to send to areas to help.

Check your local blood banks and donate blood. You don’t have to be in the damaged areas to donate blood. Find your local blood bank and give blood if you can. You can find your closest accredited American Association of Blood Bank blood bank or find the nearest location on the American Blood Centers site.

We all mostly know by now non-perishable food items are always needed but don’t forget about women’s hygiene products. Ladies still need their tampons, pads, and midol!

Donate cleaning supplies, dog and cat foods, diapers, baby formula, toothpaste.

Think of giving story books or coloring books and crayons. Lots of families and children are staying in shelters and it’s nice to give the kids something to do.

Here are some charities taking collections besides just the Salvation Army and Red Cross if you’re looking for more options.

Best Friends Animal Society 
Catholic Charities
Direct Relief 
North Shore Animal League 
Operation USA 
Project Hope 
Samaritan’s Purse 
Save the Children 
United Methodist Committee on Relief 

I personally donated to North Shore Animal League and Samaritan’s Purse.

Make sure you don’t get scammed! I always believe in doing your own research on charities before you donate to them. It’s really a shame and disgusting but not everyone out there taking donations is doing it for the right reasons. If you think a group or person is running a scam instead of a legit collection you can report them to the National Center for Disaster Fraud.

Did you know not all charities allocate most of our donated funds to the causes they support? Sometimes the bulk of donated monies goes towards salaries, expenses, back into fundraising, THEN what’s left over goes towards helping the cause. You can check on most charities to see where their funds are allocated by visiting Charity Navigator or Charity Watch.

Unfortunately, hurricane season isn’t over yet either. So skip that latte or dinner out this week and donate any little bit you can.

What charities do you know of? Drop it in the comments below. I’d like to keep updating the list!

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  • Reply Marette Flora (@maretteflora)

    Thank you for suggesting so many other charities to give to. Also, I agree it’s important to check Charity Navigator before doing it!

    September 11, 2017 at 10:00 AM
  • Reply AnnMarie John

    Wonderful reminder for people to help out especially since this hurricane has damaged so many homes and possessions. I love thst you listed the charities helping out.

    September 11, 2017 at 12:24 PM
  • Reply Joline

    It has been a pretty awful week. But its shown once again how strong people can be together and how far kindness goes. This is a great reference.

    September 11, 2017 at 6:03 PM
  • Reply Trisha

    Thank you for this post! I have friends and family that live in Houston and Florida and I’ve been so inspired by all of the generosity I’ve seen over the last several days. I live in the midwest, so donating online or via local pickup has been how I’ve been able to donate items.

    September 11, 2017 at 9:27 PM
  • Reply supermillennial

    This is a super helpful post to help these victims. So hard to believe these natural disasters have happened so close together!

    September 11, 2017 at 11:50 PM
  • Reply Joscelyn

    Such great recommendations! We usually give to Samaritan’s Purse, but it’s definitely good to give back to those in need.

    September 12, 2017 at 9:28 AM
  • Reply Mayuri

    I am going to share this post so that people can help people who are suffering from the natural disaster. Thanks for sharing the charities who are extending help to the victims.

    September 12, 2017 at 10:02 AM
    • Reply Krystal

      Thank you for sharing!

      September 14, 2017 at 2:56 PM
  • Reply La Shell

    Thanks for the info. I’m from the islands and even though we didn’t get hit, we all know someone who lives on islands that did. I gave through an organisation that I am a part of that has a contingent in Antigua & Barbuda as well. Hopefully it reaches safely and securely and does some good.

    September 12, 2017 at 10:17 AM
  • Reply Stephanie | You Are My Son Shine

    As someone who has lived on the Gulf Coast my entire life, hurricanes are just a part of summer. That being said, this year has been a rough one. I live in Houston, and got extremely lucky that we did not get flooded while houses just 5 miles of us had 4-5 feet of water in them. Then Irma came and hit my hometown, Fort Myers, where all of my family lives. They just got home yesterday to lots of down trees, minor home damage (thankfully the 8-12 foot storm surge they were predicting didn’t happen), and no power potentially for weeks. But no one was hurt, and besides some food, nothing was lost. I also know others who weren’t as lucky and their houses flooded or are just gone now. As someone who has been through so many of these storms, I can say that any and all donations are greatly appreciated!

    September 12, 2017 at 10:25 AM
  • Reply robin rue

    This is great timing. I was just telling my husband that I wanted to do SOMETHING, but I didn’t know what. Thanks for the help.

    September 12, 2017 at 11:05 AM
  • Reply Zinny

    Thanks for the suggestion, I wasn’t too sure which charity to donate to. It’s such a sad situation and I hope everything is over soon enough. Thanks for sharing!

    September 12, 2017 at 11:12 AM
  • Reply Claudia H. Blanton

    thank you for sharing this list. I was wondering where I could donate to benefit the many animals that have been impacted by these storms. I am glad you included them as well. Thank you again, and I will share it with my friends. Blessings!

    September 12, 2017 at 11:13 AM
  • Reply Befitting Style

    It totally sucks that sometimes these people that claim to provide services are scamming others so it’s great that you provided several ways to help.

    September 12, 2017 at 12:35 PM
  • Reply TheReviewWire

    Thank you for sharing this list. Unfortunately, there are many scams going on so it is important to make sure you find out about the organization you are giving to before hand. Our neighborhood organized a diaper drive to donate to Matthew 25 Ministries.

    September 12, 2017 at 1:01 PM
  • Reply Cara (@StylishGeek)

    Thank you for your very thoughtful post Krystal! It is great that there’s a compilation of sites to donate too…and no doubt those charities will also help the folks in Florida. I will share your post!

    September 12, 2017 at 1:17 PM
  • Reply Jill Fickling-Conyers

    Wonderful way to use your online presence. So very kind and thoughtful.

    September 12, 2017 at 5:46 PM
  • Reply jordyngalan

    Its great to see how many bloggers are trying to help! Thank you for doing your part! A lot of the US doesn’t know how to help and whats to, so this is a great resource.

    September 12, 2017 at 8:54 PM
  • Reply briannemanz

    What a great post and so thoughtful! I’ve sharing this on all my social channels, I know sometimes its hard to figure out which places to give money to.

    September 12, 2017 at 9:53 PM
  • Reply blogthirtyminusone

    Love this post. Irma and Harvey left so much destruction behind that we all need to come together and help however possible.

    September 12, 2017 at 10:50 PM
  • Reply toastycritic

    You should definitely be thinking about giving to your local charities if you can. And the blood bank for the people who will be needing blood to deal with whatever crisis may have come from these horrific storms is important as well.

    September 12, 2017 at 11:37 PM
  • Reply loisaltermark

    Thanks for all this great information. I think we all want to help and don’t always know how to. This will help us help others in so many important ways.

    September 13, 2017 at 12:07 AM
  • Reply Shibani

    God bless those affected by hurricanes. One should do their part to help those stuck there. Thanks for suggesting so many options for donations.

    September 13, 2017 at 12:15 AM
  • Reply thenafranssen

    So important, thank you for sharing this!! Great suggestions as well for those who want to help.

    September 13, 2017 at 7:19 AM
  • Reply terristeffes

    I posted a list yesterday, too, and I am glad to see we have some of the same charities. Good research! I donate to Samaritan’s Purse, too.

    September 13, 2017 at 10:15 AM
  • Reply Elizabeth Neas

    This is a great list. It is so great when you can help others that have been affected by these hurricane’s. Or when anyone has experienced one.

    September 13, 2017 at 7:21 PM
  • Reply Margarette Puno

    I heard a lot about this hurricane irma and it really breaks my heart. Remembering the days when there was a hurricane too here in Philippines. I am glad to those who would hand a help.

    September 14, 2017 at 11:12 AM
  • Reply lucicoo

    Great post. Helping those who have been through a natural disaster like Harvey and Irma is really important. I live on the Gulf Coast and every hurricane season I am on high alert every time they announce there’s a hurricane forming. My family has donated essential products.

    September 15, 2017 at 4:34 PM
    • Reply Krystal

      It must be stressful during hurricane season!

      September 15, 2017 at 4:35 PM
  • Reply Brandi

    Thanks for all the donation ideas! This is such a tragic story. It’s such a shame that’s there so many scams going around. There’s always that one crazy person. But I believe in karma!

    September 16, 2017 at 2:17 AM
    • Reply Krystal

      You’re right I believe in karma too

      September 16, 2017 at 10:43 AM
  • Reply joyfulsource

    Thanks for this helpful post! Great information to make sure help goes to the victims.

    September 16, 2017 at 2:44 AM
  • Reply Ingrid Rizzolo

    It is important to know where to contribute to victims. Sometimes the money does not get to the intended target , however.

    September 17, 2017 at 11:02 PM
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