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Here’s how you can help victims of Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael roared ashore in Florida and continued its path of destruction through parts of Georgia.

With winds exceeding 150 miles per hour, Hurricane Michael caused widespread damage with strong winds, heavy rain and storm surge in coastal areas.

Several organizations, already providing help to victims of Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas, are expanding efforts to help those impacted by Michael as well.

“Georgians are generous, and they want to do everything they can to help after a disaster,” said Ashley Henyan, a spokeswoman for the American Red Cross of Georgia.  “Unfortunately, collecting and sending food, clothing and household items is often not helpful for either the disaster operation or for the intended recipients. Financial donations are the quickest and best way to get help to the people who need it most.”

MAP Volunteers Phyllis Jackson, Elaine Trotter and Byron Trotter helped pack 1,000 MAP International Disaster Health Kits to help people affected by Hurricane Michael.

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Always, experts advise, research the organization before donating to make sure it is reputable and not a scam.

Here’s how you can help:

American Red Cross

 To make a financial donation, go to www.redcross.org,  call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word MICHAEL to 90999 to make a $10 donation.  

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity’s role  kicks in after a natural disaster and focuses on providing shelter and helping in the long-term recovery of a community.

 Donate to Habitat for Humanity at www.habitat.org/donate/?link=972.

MAP International 

MAP International is providing disaster health kits to people affected by Hurricane Michael.  One kit will assist a person living in a shelter for a week. The kits include antiseptic wipes, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other essential items. MAP is accepting donations at www.map.org/michael18 .

GlobalGiving 

GlobalGiving, a nonprofit crowdfunding organization that supports grassroots charity projects, has launched a Hurricane Michael relief fund. The initiative will supply food, water and medicine in the immediate aftermath of the storm and invest in longer-term projects to help communities rebuild. Donate to Global Giving at www.globalgiving.org/projects/hurricane-michael-relief-fund/.

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