Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by Hurricane Irma in Florida, the Caribbean and the Southeast United States. The devastating storm surge and wind damage in Naples, Miami, Jacksonville, Fort Myers, Tampa and all throughout the large path of this devastating storm has left thousands of people without homes, evacuated or in emergency shelters and even more with severe damage.
Many organizations are already in the area working hard to save lives and help residents recover from this devastating storm. At Arwood Waste, we would like to encourage everyone to do what they can to support these efforts.
Because needs can change over time and there will be a long road to recovery for those affected, cash donations are almost always preferred over material goods. This allows local organizations to assess needs and respond appropriately in real time. Blood supplies also run low with increased medical needs in disaster affected areas. Here are some of the organizations involved in this recovery and how you can donate directly to support their efforts.
Florida Disaster Fund
The Florida Disaster Fund is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster. 100% of funds raised will go toward disaster-related response and recovery; there are no overhead costs. Donations to the Florida Disaster Fund are made to the Volunteer Florida Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and are tax deductible.
The Florida Disaster Fund distributes funds to service organizations that will serve individuals within their communities with disaster response and recovery. To donate visit https://www.volunteerflorida.org/emergency-management/#fdf or Text the word DISASTER to 20222 for a one-time donation of $10.
OneBlood and Blood Assurance
Blood collection agencies around the country are working to meet emergency blood supply needs. Eligible donors across America are encouraged to make donation appointments as soon as possible. In the southeast, OneBlood and Blood Assurance are two of the organizations serving communities in the path of Hurricane Irma. You can make an appointment at one of these agencies or contribute to the national blood supply through a donation center in your area.
American Red Cross
American Red Cross provides emergency relief nationwide. You can find the latest Hurricane Irma Response Information from the American Red Cross here http://www.redcross.org/hurricane-irma-response-information or donate to the Red Cross by visiting https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation or calling 1- 800-RED CROSS. You can also find out how to volunteer at this link http://www.redcross.org/volunteer/become-a-volunteer#step1.
However you choose to give, thank you for your donation.
Arwood Waste is not endorsing any of these organizations but we do encourage you to help in whatever way you can. Whether donating to one of these or any other organization, we recommend doing your own research. A great place to start is Charity Navigator.