Help After Hurricane Matthew…

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As most of you know, the Caribbean and Southeastern part of the United States (primarily Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia) were recently hit by Hurricane Matthew. In addition to killing over 1,000 people, many homes were completely destroyed by massive flooding and wind. As of October 10th, over 1 million home and businesses in the United States were still without power.

I have received quite a few emails from Hip2Save readers who were directly or indirectly affected by this hurricane and are asking that we all come together to provide assistance to those in need.

What can YOU do to help?

Salvation Army

* Make a donation to Salvation Army by visiting this page or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or text STORM to 51555. These donations go to the United States victims. If you want to help the Hurricane Matthew relief effort in Haiti, Bahamas, and other islands in the Caribbean head here or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

* Make a donation to the American Red Cross by visiting, calling 1-800-HELPNOW or texting the word MATTHEW to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Note that Verizon will match customer text-to-donate contributions to American Red Cross relief efforts up to one million dollars. If you want to help the victims in the Caribbean countries affected by this storm, head here.


* Donate blood. The Red Cross is urging immediate blood and platelet donations to support the blood needs of those affected by Hurricane Matthew. Click here to make an appt.

* Make a donation to the Humane Society of the United States to help animals and families who evacuated their homes in the wake of Hurricane Matthew’s destruction.

* Make a donation to a local animal shelter via

Now it’s you turn… what suggestions do you have?

Join The Discussion

Comments 63

  1. ❤️my_lineman

    My husband is a lineman they are sending crews down there like crazy from all over the nation trying to get the power back on for those people… It’s so sad.

    • Daphne

      A huge thank you to your husband and all the other linemen! As I’m typing, I can hear chainsaws all around me still trying to remove trees and get power to people here in NE NC. We were lucky that our power was restored in 2 days…many are still waiting. It was amazing to see the trucks from all over the country coming to our little area and work nonstop to help us! Forever grateful!! God bless them!

    • Gina

      Im First responder and stay on duty for 36 hours when its hit Florida. From my observations all community got together : I saw electric crew people taking nap in truck and working from 6 am to 10 pm. Thanks all this brave and selfless People FOR job they done

    • jason

      Thank you all so much!!!

  2. Gege

    Thank you the post and awareness being spread about the damage caused by hurricane Matthew. I would suggest if people want to make donations for Haiti TO NOT DONATE to RED CROSS. When the earthquake happened in Haiti, with the money that they collected they only built 6 houses. With red Cross not all of your donations is required to go to the victims. If you want to donate for Haiti please look into reputable organization that are on the ground and getting aid to the people directly be weary of these non profits NGO. Thank you!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re very welcome! And thanks so much for the helpful feedback!

    • Just Me

      I agree! Look at all the money Red Cross got for Haiti and little to no permanent homes were built. Red Cross contracted out and they contracted out so on and so on. Money was spent but no results.

    • JA

      Thank you for your comment. Years ago, my house was severely damaged in a flood. The Red Cross brought their truck out with coffee and hot dogs to assist people in the neighborhood, but since our street wasn’t on “the list” we couldn’t get a thing from them. All they had to do was look! Ours was one of the worst hit houses because we sit low, but no coffee for us. They suggested we contact the Red Cross to be added. And when they gave out cleaning supplies two days later, they wouldn’t even drop them off here. Volunteers from our fire department had to drive thirty miles round trip to pick them up. I believe the Salvation Army is a much better organization for helping in times of need and they are at the top of my list when it comes to donations.

      • NicoleC

        I agree with not supporting Red Cross. Last year after our catastrophic flood they came around the neighborhood giving out smoke detectors and fire safety pamphlets. I could only stand there confused, in the swamp that used to be my yard, wondering how any of it would burn and why would that be the priority in the slightest. I would’ve rather had the coffee. Jus wanted to let people know how your money might be spent.

    • Lauren

      If you’re looking for a better organization that has permanent establishments in Haiti and provides ongoing relief (in addition to already having relationships and inroads to help immediately when tragedy strikes), please consider the Mennonite Central Committee. They are committed to keeping overhead as low as possible to funnel as much money as possible toward actual relief efforts.

    • Michelle

      Yes, PLEASE give to smaller groups that are actually using the funds to go to the people! My mom has been going to Jeremie for almost 20 yrs now, has a great team she goes with, they have no corporate sponsors, every penny they receive goes directly to the Haitians needs, sometimes cash, sometimes supplies (and I am sure their are other groups like this as well) . They take what they can’t get there(and pay crazy baggage costs), and buy the rest. She has witnessed first hand the mess that the larger non profits(foundations and crosses come to mind) have made. Tent city is a good example- that was supposed to be temporary- but 6 yrs later these people still have no home, and now so many have even lost that. She was msging with her friend there the other night and he was so sad. He said, oh no, it’s raining again, people have no shelter so they are leaning against trees , but the trees have no leaves :/ It is heartbreaking. My mom and her team are so broken for the area, and donations seem slow in coming in to them. Their fb page is Hearts for Haiti for anyone who wants to see pics.

  3. Amy

    I can confirm that FL and GA At&T customers in counties impacted by Hurricane Matthew will not be charged for any data overaged during 10/6-10/11.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Thanks for sharing Amy!

    • Kitty

      Free data/minutes through Verizon in NC till 10/16

      • Daphne

        Please make sure your area is on the list with Verizon. I’m in NE NC and my zip code was not on the approved list with Verizon – even though the zip code one mile from my house was. They were so helpful and offered the unlimited data to me anyway, however the moment I hung up the phone with Verizon, my power came back on. 🙂

  4. Ailine

    Thank you for the post! I just donated the $10 via my Verizon account. Every penny helps! God bless all affected!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      How sweet! You are so welcome!

  5. Jenn

    DO NOT donate to the Red Cross!! They did nothing for us when louisiana flooded.. They take the do nothing with it to help people!!

  6. Lachelle Jensen

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will take donations to help these people and they do not take any of that money. All the money you donate will go to help those people. You specify on the donation slip and it all goes to help those affected by hurricane Matthew.

    • jen

      Hmm, I dont know about that. If you read the slip all money will be sent first to salt lake city headquarters then redistributed. The church is VERY vague on where money is actually allocated. The members church are very helpful and giving, not so much the church headquarters.

      • Rebecca

        Actually the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is very open about what happens to donations. For instance, when you fill out a donation slip and specify that the money is for humanitarian aid, 100% of your donated money goes to humanitarian aid. The overhead and administrative costs associated with humanitarian aid programs — in addition to the resources needed to build storage facilities, house and deliver humanitarian aid supplies around the world, train volunteers and so on — are privately fronted by the Church. They are a great organization to donate to in situations like these.

        • jen

          The church spends 40 million on humanitarian aid but takes in 3 billion annually. So not even giving back the 10% that they ask their members to give. Actually they give less than 1% back. But the members of the church are beyond giving and willing to help those in need. I would just suggest not to funnel the money through this church. Ref:

          • lachmun

            The members are also asked to donate 10% of their annual income and that is where the money comes from; that is what generates the building of church buildings, temples and maintaining them. I know 100% of the money specified to go to help others goes there. Headquarters isn’t in it for the money. None of the apostles nor the prophet is paid for their work. It is all the work of the Lord, just as the Savior was.

            • lachmun

              *Meaning 100% of the money specified on the donation slip to go to certain humanitarian aid. The 10% “tithing” goes where the church needs it to go.

  7. Cari

    That’s terrible to hear that about the red cross. I am in Raleigh and a local mom who is originally from Lumberton, NC was collecting items for storm victims. I donated toiletries and baby products from my stockpile to help.

  8. Amber White

    I’ve had a couple people tell me to be leery of donating to Red Cross because not enough of the money goes to “where it should”. Another one that is a good choice is Mission of Hope: Haiti! Just another option for those who aren’t sure about the “bigger” ones. I have a couple friends who are tied to them through mission work and say positive things!

  9. Wendy

    My sister-in-law lives in Haiti, and has a suggestion for two organizations which are currently on the ground and helping in Haiti. One is and the other is Agape Flights (which is currently working directly to provide much needed supplies in affected areas). These organizations have long lasting ties to communities in Haiti and have VERY low overhead. Please do NOT give to the Red Cross as the Red Cross did not use money donated after the earthquakes in Haiti effectively at all. Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of food spoiled or was damaged and trashed because the Red Cross didn’t have the means to distribute it. Agape Flights and HHA both have the means to distribute supplies to those who need it as we speak.

    • Tabitha

      It made me so happy to see you say Agape Flights, they are based out of my very small hometown and they really are an amazing group!

  10. Irene

    Thank you so much for reminding us that we all can help. You are such a beautiful and genuine person.

    There are a few places in your post that say Huuricane Sandy instead of Matthew.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Whoops! Thanks for the heads up Irene! Time for more coffee! 😉 Just fixed!

  11. Lisa

    I have had verified OK tornado victims tell me the Red Cross wanted to be repaid later for help they gave. One and only time I have heard that, but it makes me wonder the circumstances where they would want money back.

    • mary

      If it was collected fraudulently

  12. Denise

    Thrivent financial is also matching dollar per dollar on their disaster relief webpage. People of Haiti need disaster relief immediately

  13. jennifer

    I live in nc lost all my food being without power and now have no money to replace starving here any one can help with egift card for food email me

    • stephanie

      If you are starving I would suggest trying the local food banks. I know they are being hit hard right now but even my local Christians united food bank here in central NC is sending extra to the areas impacted in out state. Hope that helps!

    • Daphne

      I’m sorry Jennifer that you have lost so much. I’ve been through a lot of hurricanes and many days without power. When Rita hit us in Louisiana FEMA gave us x amount to replace food in our home along with any other damages. Definitely reach out to your local churches, food banks and more. There are many, many people coming together here in NC to help!

    • C

      Jennifer I am so sorry to hear that. I would suggest going to your local Homeland Security page on Facebook and finding out where the closest donation centers are to you. I am in Baton Rouge and we just had a 100 year flood. Many churches and businesses were cooking hot meals and distributing food to the affected citizens.

      Good luck!

    • Laura

      Too much fraud happens when people post like this.

  14. Isha

    Does anyone have any feedback about salvation army? I have read mixed reviews about them. Thank you in advance.

    • JA

      Hi, Isha. From personal experience, the Salvation Army was wonderful to us after a devasting flood. Provided vouchers for clothing and toiletries, and offered us help to get emergency food. Others received vouchers for appliances. They even offered us Toys for Tots at Christmas time, but by that point we were back on our feet and declined.

    • JaxJay

      Salvation army is great. They give almost all donations, monetary, food, clothing as soon as they get it. And they don’t pay the CEO 700k plus ridiculous bonuses and hold 80% of donations “for future disasters” like the Red Cross who is horrendous. I have family in West Palm, Cocoa Beach, Merritt island and me plus 5 kids and other family in Jacksonville and surrounding areas. We are all giving donations and help even though we were all affected as well. Thanks to everyone who is lending a hand and to first responders and linemen.

      • Isha

        Thank you JA and JaxJay, so much for the helpful feedbacks. I will definitely choose to donate to Salvation Army.

  15. Selena

    I am in South Carolina and still currently without power…. it breaks my heart to see all that has been lost to so many. So many areas of our areas are still coping with more flooding still to come. Churches that organize food drives clothing etc are probably to best to see that products got to those who need it…. MANY organizations are probably at risk of not putting donations to the best use. I cannot personally speak what the American Red Cross does with monetary donations but blood donations ARE a critical need. Blood products IS a donation that can be assured goes to those who need it! Blood supply in the south was already at an all time low and with the storm , blood drives were cancelled and donors unable to donate. This affects the entire southern region. Thank you Hip2Save for all you do to bring awareness and planting a seed to help everyone see that donation of any kind is important during these times.

  16. data

    Any recommendations for animal shelters that would be good to donate to?

    • mary

      I donated to the ASPCA….they have teams on the ground

    • Momof2

      Are you looking for an organization or to help specifically with the shelters affected by the hurricane?

      • data

        Specifically for the aftermath of Matthew

  17. Laurie

    Thank You for posting!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re welcome!

  18. Lora

    In WV we were hit with 1000 year flood. Biggest help received was from local churches, friends & community leaders: they know were & what help is needed. Finding these individuals & assisting their efforts is the first step.

  19. jamilee85

    If you would like to contribute to hurricane relief in Haiti, please consider a tax deductible gift to Hope for Haiti’s Children (HFHC). They have been working alongside Haitians to empower families there for over twenty years. Disaster relief in Haiti is nothing new to them and Charity Star Navigator has ranked them a top 12 organization to donate to in Haiti because of their transparency and accountability for ever dollar received. Their schools are currently serving as emergency shelters. They are in need of financial contributions to provide water filtration systems, tarps, medical care, high protein food and more. You can read more and donate online at

  20. C

    Samaritan’s Purse is also a wonderful organization.

    • Kristen

      Yes!! One of my favs

  21. Lauren

    Staniel Cay Yacht a club posted on their Facebook page an Amazon link to purchase supplies that will be sent directly to those affected in the Bahamas.

  22. Momof2

    I’m in Savannah GA and I can say that restocking food seems to be the biggest deal around here. FEMA has not approved any individual help at this time and the community is doing all they can to help those affected. Power has been restored to approximately 75% of the homes in and around the local area. Local businesses have provided free meals to those who need it. Our community really has a great support system. Thanks for the post!

    • Lora

      With FEMA this is what occurred in our area also. FYI dont donate clothing to them in our area they threw them in trash. Donate clean clothing to local churchs or Goodwill

      • Momof2

        Thanks for the info! I’ll spread the word!

  23. S

    If you’re looking for a reputable organization in Haiti to donate to (NOT the Red Cross), the Mission of Hope is a wonderful organization that I’ve personally visited and seen how their money is used.

  24. Jean

    Samaritan’s Purse is wonderful. They help here in the US and Haiti.

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