Earlier this month, Hurricane Florence became the first major hurricane to hit the United States this season, inflicting havoc on the Carolinas and those who call these states home. The storm has stolen not only infrastructure, business, and housing from the residents of the Carolinas, but for some even their lives, with a death-toll in the double-digits.

Flooding in areas such as Wilmington, North Carolina rendered the area inaccessible to rescue or aid according to CNN. The reality of flooding, due to the many rivers and water sources in these areas, is that Florence’s torment is not yet over. The effects have spread further than anticipated, resulting in major economic distress to the effect of millions to billions of dollars in recovery, as well as other environmental implications as a result of the large-scale flooding.

Now in the early recovery stages of Florence, these communities begin wonder how to regain that sense of normalcy and rebuild their homes. For those of you looking to help the efforts to benefit the Carolinas there a multitude of organizations in need of your help.

The American Red Cross is a non-profit organization that works in the area of disaster-relief. The Red Cross is accepting donations via https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-florence-donations.html/ to fund their efforts for those affected by Florence in the Carolinas. Donations can be made in a minimum of $10 through credit card or PayPal.

All Hands and Hearts is looking for both financial and volunteer contributions to fund their work and also to be on the field providing these resources to residents of the Carolinas. All Hands and Hearts has a mission of leaving each place better than it was before, and of building a relationship with the communities they are in through their volunteers.

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is accepting both monetary and food donations specified on their website www.foodbankcenec.org in response to Florence’s effect on the states. This food bank is doing amazing things for its community, providing over 160,000 meals to the residents in their area as a result of Florence.

A food truck company, World Central Kitchen, has responded to the disaster in the Carolinas by providing meals to the many victims and emergency responders in these areas. They are working locally with the communities to respond to Hurricane Florence, and to continue their work they are in need of monetary donations on https://www.worldcentralkitchen.org/donate to fund their costs.

As students it can be difficult to feel of value in this kind of large-scale event, but every effort you make is both felt and appreciated by the communities in North and South Carolina.  Do what you can with what you have, but do not feel pressured to make financial decisions that are unrealistic to you. Every donation is valuable.

In addition to these few resources, by continuing to share and trend the state of the Carolinas through social media, you are allowing their suffering to stay relevant weeks later. Continue to spread the word and seek ways to help in whatever form you can, and to encourage those around you to do the same.

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