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Make a donation to hurricane recovery efforts.

Want to help those affected by Florence? 💔

While rivers in the Carolinas have finally receded, many areas are still under water from the devastating storm that hit the East Coast mid-September. Many area residents are still in shelters and thousands more are dealing with the massive job of cleaning up their homes.

According to the Red Cross, somewhere between 8,000 to 10,000 homes may have suffered major damage or were completely destroyed by Florence. So while the immediate crisis is over, there are lingering issues that people will have to deal with as they try to rebuild their lives.

Here’s how you can help. ❤️

1. Make a donation.

Hurricane Florence Recovery Efforts

One of the easiest ways to help is to donate money, and there are a lot of ways you can donate!

  • Visit the American Red Cross or you can also call 1-800-REDCROSS or text FLORENCE to 90999 to make a donation for those in need.
  • Donate to the Salvation Army here or by calling 1-800-SALARMY.
  • Give on the Food Bank website or by mailing checks to 1924 Capital Blvd., Raleigh, NC 27604.
  • Contribute to the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund online, by texting FLORENCE to 20222, or mailing a check to the address listed on their website.
  • South Carolina is soliciting donations for the One SC Fund, which supports nonprofits that help state residents recover from natural disasters.
  • Donate to the Hurricane Florence Children’s Relief Fund. Your gift will help Save the Children respond to the unmet needs of children affected by this disaster.
  • Give to the United Way Disaster Relief Funds here – 100% of individual donations given to these disaster recovery funds will be distributed to the affected areas.

Be sure to keep receipts if you intend to claim monetary donations on your tax return.


Be wary of scams.

Before making a donation to a pop-up organization or to a phone solicitor, the Federal Trade Commission suggests referring to sites like the Charity NavigatorBetter Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, and Charity Watch. Other ways to be safe:

  • Avoid making cash donations.
  • Hang up on pushy solicitors asking for money or who promise huge returns on redeveloping hurricane-ravaged areas.
  • Be skeptical of “pop-up” charity organizations, GoFundMe type pages, and websites appearing right after a disaster.
  • If you’re rebuilding after a natural disaster, check with your insurance company and/or your state’s regulator from the North American Securities Administrators Association.

2. Donate diapers and feminine products.

donate baby products to hurricane relief

The Diaper Bank of North Carolina in Durham is collecting donations for diapers and feminine hygiene products for people displaced by the storm. You can also buy items on the group’s Amazon wish list. The organization is also asking for volunteers and donations of diapers, wipes, and sanitary pads.

If you live in Durham or want to mail your own packages to the diaper bank, you can drop off or mail diapers, wipes, and sanitary pads to their headquarters at 1311 East Club Blvd. Durham, NC 27704.


3. Give to food banks.

donate canned goods to a Food Bank

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, which serves an area stretching from the Research Triangle to the coast, including Wilmington and New Bern, is collecting donations.

The most needed items for disaster relief are:

  • High-protein canned meals with pop-top cans (ravioli, soups, spaghetti)
  • Paper goods and products (paper towels/plates/cups/napkins, plastic utensils)
  • Diapers
  • Hygiene products (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand sanitizer, etc.)
  • Single serving meals that do not require refrigeration or cooking/meals ready to eat
  • Single serving snacks such as raisins and granola bars
  • Peanut Butter
  • Cleaning supplies and disinfectant wipes

Food donations are currently accepted at Food Bank distribution centers in Durham, Raleigh, New Bern, Greenville, Sandhills/Southern Pines, and Wilmington – or online via their Virtual Food Drive.


4. Volunteer for recovery efforts.

Volunteer at a shelter to help hurricane recovery efforts

Officials are asking for people to volunteer with established organizations to help with relief, response, and recovery efforts. The response is ongoing and volunteer opportunities will be posted as they become available. Check out the following opportunities to learn more about volunteering:


5. Give blood.

Donate Blood to help Hurricane victimsThe Red Cross urges people in unaffected areas to make an appointment to give platelets or blood – especially type O – to care for patients in the Southeast and throughout the country.

Appointments can be made by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, by visiting redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).


Know of other ways to help? Please share below!


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Comments 15

  1. VickiL

    Thank you for posting this valuable information

  2. Katrina

    I’m so happy to see you included feminine hygiene products! This is something that so often goes forgotten in crisis situations and a lack of access to these necessities can be unhygienic to the point of a health hazard, and debilitating.

    • Holly (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      They can definitely be really important in these types of situations!

  3. Juma

    Thank you for posting this. I am originally from Robeson County North Carolina and it heartbreaking what all of the hurricane victims went through and still are. I was just at Myrtle Beach the previous week for a wedding and I was so excited to be home for a bit to hangout and visit my family. Blessings to all in need and to everyone who said a prayer, lent a helping hand and those who donated to help these victims in the South thank you all.

    • Holly (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      You’re welcome, Juma! It is absolutely heartbreaking!

  4. Shirley Yeo

    Samaritan’s Purse is an awesome organization to volunteer with in disaster areas.

    • Holly (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Shirley! We appreciate the suggestion!

  5. curlygurly

    Thank you for posting all of this information! There are so many people who need help.

    • Holly (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      There sure are! You’re welcome!

  6. Lee

    Christ in Action is another awesome organization to volunteer with in disaster areas. Check out Christinaction.com

    • Holly (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks for the suggestion, Lee!

  7. Jenn

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for sharing this. I live in Wilmington with my husband and four kiddos. This was our first experience with a hurricane – we evacuated for two weeks and coming back had been hard. So many people without their home or belongings. People often forget and move on with their lives if not directly affected by a disaster like this. Thank you for reminding all of us that this is on-going and help is still needed. ❤️

    • Holly (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      You are very welcome Jenn! ❤️

    • VMTX

      Hurricane Harvey flooded my home and the entire area near me. It’s been a very long year and 1 month. Some people’s homes near me are still not rebuilt. I pray for strength for all affected. Losing everything you own and rebuilding a house is one of the hardest things I’ve ever been through. Jenn, did you flood?

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