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HOW TO HELP: A guide on how to help with Hurricane Michael relief

Helpful links and information for those wanting to help

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) -- In the wake of the devastation left behind by Hurricane Michael, many feel obligated to help the victims of the historic storm in any way that they can. Here is a guide for those wanting to help:

  • WKRG Red Cross Telethon:
    • On Friday, October 12th, WKRG News 5 partnered with the American Red Cross to raise money for relief efforts in the Florida panhandle that was devastated by Hurricane Michael.

      Thanks to those who pledged a donation, together we raised $26,283 to help with relief efforts. 

    • YOU CAN STILL DONATE BY CLICKING ON THIS LINK

  • Cumulus Media and Two Men and a Truck Pensacola, FL 
    Partner to Send Items to Victims of Hurricane Michael

    October 12, 2018 - Cumulus Media in Pensacola, FL and Two Men and a Truck in Pensacola, FL have teamed up to collect items from the community to send to the victims of Hurricane Michael in Panama City, FL. Starting Friday, October 12, all members of the community are able to donate any nonperishable, unopened items to Cumulus Media (6565 North W St. Ste. 270 Pensacola, FL 32505) where they will have a truck from Two Men and a Truck Pensacola to store the items. Items can be donated from 12noon until 7pm on the weekdays and from 10am until 3pm on Saturday and Sunday. On Wednesday, October 17th, Two Men and a Truck will take the truck filled with donated items to Panama City and given to several nonprofit organizations that will distribute the items to those most in need. The items most needed are:

    Bottled water
    Tarps
    Toiletries
    Feminine Hygiene Products
    Phone chargers
    Pet food
    Over the counter medicine
    NEW underwear & socks
    First Aid items
    Non-perishable food items
    NEW pillows & blankets
    Box fans
    Utility knives
    Work gloves
    Hand sanitizer

  • Shoe Station Hurricane Michael Donation Day: Shoe Station is hosting a United Way Day Fundraiser October 21 in its twenty-one locations across the Southeast. On that day, the retail chain is donating one dollar for every pair of shoes, sandals, and boots sold to United Way. 

  • Felix's Fish Camp: Collecting cases of bottled water from October 22-28 from 2pm-6pm for victims of Hurricane Michael

  • Alba Cheer Team collecting supplies for four-legged victims of Hurricane Michael Cheer team collecting pet supplies to be donated to Humane Society of Bay County

  • Krewe of Airship Pirates Supply Drive:
    • The Airship Pirates of Pensacola are collecting tools, cleaning supplies and baby food for the hurricane victims.
    • Drop off locations:
      • Harley Davidson of Pensacola

      • Pensacola Parade People 

      • Sandy & Bubba's Milton Chevrolet

    • Donations are being accepted through Friday, October 19

  • “A Boatload of Help” For Our Friends To The East

    • The Sunrise, a 65-foot workboat, will depart Destin Harbor on Thursday morning with donations from Okaloosa County residents and businesses. Donations can be dropped off during normal business hours at 210 Harbor Blvd, behind Brotulas on Tuesday. October 16th and Wednesday, October 17th.

  • Pensacola Fire Department's "Operation Baby Supplies"

    • Supply drive begins Saturday, October 13, and runs through Friday October 19.

    • PFD is collecting baby supplies such as diapers, clothes, and non-perishable foods, among others.

    • Items can be taken to Pensacola Fire Station 1 at 400 East Cervantes Street from 9 am- 7 pm. 

  • Pensacola

    • Starting Friday, October 12, all members of the community are able to donate any nonperishable, unopened items to Cumulus Media (6565 North W St. Ste. 270 Pensacola, FL 32505) where they will have a truck from Two Men and a Truck Pensacola to store the items. Items can be donated from 12noon until 7pm on the weekdays and from 10am until 3pm on Saturday and Sunday. On Wednesday, October 17th, Two Men and a Truck will take the truck filled with donated items to Panama City and given to several nonprofit organizations that will distribute the items to those most in need. The items most needed are: Bottled water, Tarps, Toiletries, Feminine Hygiene Products, Phone chargers, Pet food, Over the counter medicine, NEW underwear & socks, First Aid items, Non-perishable food items, NEW pillows & blankets, Box fans, Utility knives, Work gloves, Hand sanitizer

  • The Salvation Army is taking donations via 1-800-SALARM

  • Ride For Relief For Victims Of Hurricane Michael

  • City of Daphne

    • Donate hurricane relief supplies at any City of Daphne Fire Station

  • Baldwin County:

    • Stuff the Bus: Daphne Middle School is holding a Stuff the Bus event to gather items needed by our neighbors to the east in the wake of Hurricane Michael. If you would like to contribute, drop items off by no later than the start of school this Friday (10/19).

       

  • Mobile

    • Drop off items at Nexus Cinema at 7070 Bruns Drive, in West Mobile. They are collecting until Wednesday, October 17, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Anyone is welcome to donate. If you donate something when going to a movie, you can get a free popcorn. They’re collecting non-perishable food, water, non-carbonated drinks, diapers, formula, cleaning supplies, buckets, brooms, shovels, rags, paper towels, napkins, and first aid supplies. 

  • LifeSouth asks for blood donors

    • Blood donations are needed for victims in the Panhandle

    • Locations around Mobile:

      • Hillcrest Road in Mobile

      • Capital Drive in Daphne

    • From LifeSouth: Donors must be at least 17 or 16 with parental permission, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is also required.

    • For more information or to find a blood drive or donor center near you, call 1-888-795-2707 or visit lifesouth.org.

  • Swift Supply

    • Swift Supply locations in Alabama and Florida are collecting supplies to help Hurricane Michael victims.

    • Supplies will be collected until Wednesday, October 24.

    • For a list of supplies, click here.

  • City of D'Iberville Supply Drive

    • Drop off location: D’Iberville Fire Station #1 11288 Lamey Bridge Rd.

    • Hours of operation: 8:00 am- 7:00 pm

    • The drive is accepting donations such as cleaning supplies, baby supplies, cat and dog food among others. Food is not accepted.

  • Hank's Furniture Supply Drive

    • Hank's locations in Mobile, Pensacola, and Destin are accepting supplies

    • Cleaning supplies, baby supplies, water, and non-perishable goods can be dropped off at Hank's Furniture stores

    • Supplies will be taken to Panama City

    • The Panama City Hank's location is not accepting donations

Officials say the fastest way you help is to donate money. 

"Don't send stuff, send money," said Director of the Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives Kevin Smith. "The best way to help survivors is to donate time and money to trusted organizations.”

Monetary donations through trusted voluntary, faith and community-based charitable organizations are the most effective means to support recovery within communities.

Organizations are then able to get survivors what they need right now. Goods and local service purchased with the funds, in turn, go back into the local economy, aiding with faster recovery.

The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster list trusted organizations receiving donations, many of which are already coordinating relief and response efforts in the impacted areas.

If you need help determining who to give to, the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster has a list of major non-profits, many who are already coordinating relief and response efforts in the affected areas.

If you want to volunteer, a list of volunteer website is available at www.nvoad.org

Florida and Georgia ask volunteers to not just show up as unexpected arrival in affected areas, as that can create more burden for first responders.

FLORIDA:
Florida asks that people consider donating to the Florida Disaster Fund by visiting www.FloridaDisasterFund.org, or texting DISASTER to 20222 to make a one-time donation of $10. Those interested in volunteering, or looking for more ways to donate can visit www.volunteerflorida.org.

GEORGIA:
Georgia reminds those looking to help that cash donations are the most effective way to provide assistance to those in need. Find a list of trusted voluntary organizations in Georgia at https://gavoad.communityos.org. If you would like to volunteer, visit the Georgia volunteer registration page on NVOAD’s site or contact an organization directly to offer your service.


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