HelpMeDonate News

WE DELIVERED SUPPLIES TO PUERTO RICO

Donations of directed help to Florida, Puerto Rico, and Texas provided the funds for us to send immediate help to those areas.  HelpMeDonate took part in the "Flight of Hope", a 12 hour mission to AguaDilla, Puerto Rico.  We  delivered generators, clothing, kids items, personal items, and water filtration.  Included were medical teams that met with patience and delivered medical supplies.  We also brought back families and sick people from Puerto Rico to Tampa.


These generators will act as MINI POWER STATIONS to help as many as 10,000 people to charge their phones and devices so they can contact loved one's. 


If you would like to help, you can click the donate button or you can have items shipped to us at the address at the bottom left of every page on this site.  You can order supplies online and use our shipping address.  We will get the items to wherever you select.  From all of us at HelpMeDonate, THANK YOU for your support..

DONATING PERSONAL ITEMS

HelpMeDonate has been receiving hundreds of calls daily asking where to donate personal items, such as clothes, diapers, food, cosmetics, furniture, and more.   Disaster Relief organizations such as the American Red Cross and Salvation Army do not accept personal items.  Why is that?  We'll tell you:  

  1. In many cases, the cost to ship exceeds the value of the items being shipped. 
  2. Warehousing these items can be a huge undertaking.
  3. Getting the items distributed can be an even bigger challenge.  

HelpMeDonate can help.  We are located in Florida, just west of where the Eye of Irma passed through.  We will accept personal items at our location, with those items either being sent directly to  those in need, or sold with the proceeds going to storm victims.


Send your items to our processing facility:

 HelpMeDonate.org

709 S. Missouri Ave.

Clearwater, FL 33756 

HelpMeDonate's Storm Response

HURRICANE HARVEY

HelpMeDonate.org provided monetary donations to the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, and Humane Society of the Untied States, to help those impacted by the storms.  In addition, we collected personal items and working with grass-roots organizations, provided tons of personal items to help those in immediate need.

PUERTO RICO

Working with Groups dedicated to assisting Puerto Rico, Hel;pMeDonate.org provided funds, personal items and over 200 new generators and cables to Puerto Rico (see picture at left).  The generators are to be used as charging stations to assist up to 25,000 residents or more to charge their devices.  Many residents have yet to contact loved ones since the storm.  

HURRICANE IRMA - FLORIDA

HelpMeDonate.org is located in Tampa Bay, FL.  We went through Hurricane Irma, along with much of Florida and suffered power outages.  We helped provide many supplies to Floridians, including requested Baby Formula to areas where it could not be found.  

HARLEY DAVIDSON - FUNDRAISER

Thank You to Harley Davidson dealerships located in St. Paul, MN for donating a pallet of Harley Davidson clothing to be used to raise money for Puerto Rico.  Their generosity assisted many in need.

SALVATION ARMY / AMERICAN RED CROSS / HUMANE SOCIETY

We collected online donations for The American Red Cross, Salvation Army, and Humane Society of the United States.  These funds were provided to the disaster relief organizations.

Humane Society Information

How Your Donation is Used

 The Disaster Relief Fund is a continuing, dedicated fund that enables The Humane Society of the United States to help animals impacted by natural disasters. The fund supports The HSUS’s rescue and relief efforts for past, present and future natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, wildfires and oil spills.  Donations will be used to:

  • Rescue and provide temporary shelter to animals in need
  • Rent and outfit animal-sheltering facilities and rescue vehicles, including trucks and boats
  • Help lost and displaced animals reunite with their homes and families
  • Hire and train disaster-response staff and volunteer responders
  • Help shelters and other animal-protection facilities in disaster-affected regions
  • Maintain The HSUS’s capacity to respond to disasters
  • Educate the public about the importance of taking pets with them during disaster evacuations
  • Assist private humane organizations and federal, state and local officials in preparing for and responding to disasters that affect pets
  • Increase the infrastructure and capacity of our disaster response efforts through fundraising, education and awareness raising

 The HSUS decides how to use donations to the Disaster Relief Fund based on immediate and long-term needs in the localities affected by the disaster(s), The HSUS’s standard plans for responding to disasters and the level of funding available. 

Adopt A Pet

Are you looking to add a new family member?  If so, consider a pet adoption.  You can enter your zip code and select your feline or canine friend.  The process is simple and you can do it right online.

South Florida Wildlife Center

The South Florida Wildlife Center, the ONLY wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center in South Florida, sustained damage in excess of $300,000.   Here is a letter from Executive Director, Debra Parsons-Drake.


"Dear friends, 

 

This has been a devastating week for Florida. All of us at South Florida Wildlife Center send you our thoughts and very best wishes that you and yours have safely weathered the storm and its subsequent challenges.  

 

Although we are counting our blessings that South Florida Wildlife Center’s people and patients made it through safely, repairing the property damage and returning to full operation will take time, determination, and community support. As a friend of wildlife and a major investor in their well-being, we wanted to provide you with an update on the steps we are taking for imperiled wildlife and for our storm-battered community.   As Hurricane Irma loomed, we safely evacuated our hundreds of patients to foster homes and did everything possible to protect our buildings, habitats and supplies. The storm struck us with force, uprooting trees, knocking out power lines and burying most of the facility in debris. Staff returned to the center as soon as the roads reopened and we have been working together, in blistering heat, with limited electricity and water and no landline telephones, to clear brush and downed trees, repair habitats and provide life-saving care to the storm-battered wildlife who began arriving almost immediately after we did.    A temporary patient intake and triage center has been set up in the Nursery, one of the few buildings with power. Traffic has been diverted to a side entrance, because downed power lines and limbs have made the main entrance impassable. Staff and volunteers are working together, in cramped quarters and under significant duress, to provide immediate assistance and to prepare for what we expect will be historic numbers of wildlife in need of our unique and specialized care.  

 

Many of you have reached out to ask how you can help. The recovery costs continue to mount, here are the some of the known recovery estimates to date:    Repairing/replacing 15 severely-damaged wildlife habitats – $150,000  Removing trees and debris - $12,000  Replacing defunct emergency hospital generator - $25,000-$35,000  Replacing freezer units inoperable after the storm - $12,000  Replacing perishable animal food -  $3,000  Replacing inoperable phone and internet base units - $18,000  Repairing roofs, gutters and soffits - $24,000 

 

We know you are dealing with your own hurricane recovery – thank you so much for thinking of us in the wake of this crisis. Anything you can contribute will be gratefully accepted and immediately put to use. " 

 

With warmest wishes and deepest gratitude, 

 

Debra Parsons-Drake Executive Director