Hurricane Michael Recovery: Ways to Help

If you are interested in helping with Hurricane Michael recovery efforts, following is a sampling of ways to help.

American Red Cross – Visit, call 800-REDCROSS or text MICHAEL to 90999 to make at least a $10 donation. These donations will help with preparation, relief, and repair.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend – BBBS is collecting supplies for the Red Cross Blountstown. Deliver non-perishable food, gallons of water or any of the following donations to the BBBS office (565 E. Tennessee St) through Friday, October 19, 9am-5pm. Additional items needed include: diapers, wipes, formula, tarps, batteries and bug spray.

The Carlson Law Firm – A team of natural disaster damage attorneys at Carlson Law Firm developed a tool homeowners can use to determine the true value of their damage. Check it out HERE.

Children’s Home Society – Some of the children and families served by Children’s Home Society have lost everything and are among those struggling to cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. Donate HERE to help children and families in the Big Bend area most severely impacted by Hurricane Michael.

Disaster Recovery Network at GlobalGiving – By donating HERE, the organization connects donors to vetted local charities after a disaster. It will meet survivors’ immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products and shelter. Once initial relief work is complete, the fund will transition to support longer-term recovery efforts run by local organizations.

Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS) – Click HERE to assist in raising funds to directly go to the impacted school districts to assist their school communities in rebuilding after this devastating storm. FADSS is a non-profit organization that represents the 67 district school superintendents in Florida serving more than 2.8 million public school students.

FAMU CARES Hurricane Michael Relief Drive – FAMU is collecting donations to support students, alumni, faculty and communities affected by Hurricane Michael. Donations of water, hand sanitizer, deodorant, personal hygiene items, first aid kits, baby wipes, pampers, paper towels, batteries, flashlights, manual can openers and non-perishable canned foods until Friday, October 19 at the FAMU Department of Campus Safety and Security, located at 2400 Wahnish Way. Go HERE for more information.

Florida Disaster Fund – Text DISASTER to 20222 to provide a one-time $10 donation or Disaster25 to 20222 for a $25 donation to Hurricane Michael relief effort.

Gilchrist Elementary School and Chaney, Couch & Associates Family Dentistry – Gilchrist Elementary School’s student council and Chaney, Couch & Associates Family Dentistry are collecting tooth paste, new toothbrushes and toiletries for Hurricane Michael victims in Calhoun and surrounding counties. Drop items off now until October 31 between 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday-Friday to either Gilchrist Elementary School in Tallahassee or Chaney, Couch & Associates Family Dentistry.

NAI TALCOR – NAI TALCOR is collecting needed items. Please deliver off any items you can donate to the red NAI TALCOR tent set-up at Capital Plaza (across from Whole Foods Plaza on Thomasville Road). Click HERE for additional information and donation suggestions.

Second Harvest of the Big Bend – Second Harvest has partnered with Bank of America to collect online donations through the bank’s 2-1 donation match fundraiser HERE. For every $1 you give, Bank of America will give $2 more – and 100 percent of donations will go to Second Harvest. After clicking the link, be sure to enter your zip code and designate your donation to your “local” food bank. Then, email [email protected] to tell Second Harvest how much you donated so that they can keep a running total.