Here’s how to help victims of Hurricane Irma

1:55 p.m Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 Atlanta Life
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 The historic Fort Pulaski National Monument is surrounded by flood waters after Hurricane Irma  near Savannah on the Georgia coast. The monument preserves Fort Pulaski, where in 1862 during the American Civil War, the Union Army successfully tested rifled cannon in combat, the success of which rendered brick fortifications obsolete. The fort was also used as a prisoner-of-war camp. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

The Atlanta Community Food Bank is collecting donations to help victims of Hurricane Irma.

Supplies will be sent to affiliated food banks in south Georgia and Florida, where tens of  thousands of people were forced to evacuate their homes and many found themselves within electricity and basic items.

Items most in demand are water, non-perishable food, toiletries and cleaning supplies.

Donations will be collected from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday at the Atlanta Community Food Bank, 732 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. N.W.

Other nonprofits and individuals have jumped in to help as well.

Such organizations have faced the challenge of continuing the work they usually do to help people as well as pitch in when disasters such as hurricanes hit. Many, such as the American Red Cross, have deep networks of volunteers and affiliate chapters on the groups to begin helping almost immediately.

MAP International in Brunswick closed its global medicines distribution center and its administrative offices in Atlanta .

The nonprofit is now open for business and helping hurricane victims in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia and the Caribbean.

MAP is supplying its disaster health kits that include antiseptic wipes, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other essential items. Each kit is designed to help meet the needs of one person residing in a shelter for a week.

To donate to MAP, go to the organization’s website   at www.map.org.

Atlantans donated mountains of goods for displaced pets at Atlanta Humane Society's emergency shelter as Hurricane Irma hit Florida Sunday. Georgia Emergency Management Agency officials requested AHS to prepare to house up to 1,000 displaced animals from Florida, Savannah and other affected areas. Volunteers secured a 60,000-square-foot facility in Roswell Friday. The Humane Society took to its Facebook page to ask the public to help fill its urgent need for pet supplies, such as feeding bowls, towels, to

Here are other ways to help and  resources for people who need assistance:

 During the campaign, the Atlanta Track Club will donate $1 for every mile a participant registers to run or walk in three of the Club’s premier events: the Publix Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon, the Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon & 5K and PNC Atlanta 10 Miler & 5K. For example, $26.20 of each registration for the Publix Georgia Marathon will be donated to the American Red Cross. 

 “The need for resources in these hard-hit areas is urgent,” Rich Kenah, Atlanta Track Club’s executive director,” said in a statement.  

 All registrations completed by 11:59 p.m. Monday will be included in the donation amount. For event registration information, go to www.atlantatrackclub.org.

 Patients with a confirmed blood cancer diagnosis, living in the United States and its   territoriesare eligible to receive $500 to help with cancer-related necessities such as transportation to treatment, lost or damaged medications and other needs directly related to the hurricane.  Go to www.lls.org/hurricane-relief-program.

The American Red Cross is also accepting donations for those affected by Hurricane Irma. To donate, go to www.redcross.org. You can also specify whether you want your donation to go to relief efforts for Hurricane Irma or Hurricane Harvey.

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