HelpMeDonate News

STORM NEWS

SUPPLIES BEING SENT

Donations of directed help to Florida, Puerto Rico, and Texas are providing the funds for us to send immediate help to those areas.  HelpMeDonate is sending generators, clothing, kids items, personal items, toiletries and more.  


We just sent a dozen generators and have ordered 200 more generators to help our friends, families, and those in need to have power.  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 

American Red Cross Information

American Red Cross Response

  Preliminary estimates indicate that at least 6,000 people sought refuge in dozens of shelters in Texas Sunday night. We believe this number to be much higher, and will share additional information as it becomes available.    Shelters are also open in Louisiana as bands from the storm move to the east.More than 80 tractor-trailer loads of cots, blankets, ready-to-eat meals, comfort kits, kitchen supplies and cleaning supplies are now on the ground in Texas.  We have shelter supplies for more than 34,000 people, with additional supplies for 18,000 people en route.  More than half of our emergency response fleet – 200 vehicles – have been mobilized.At the end of last week, the Red Cross prepositioned additional blood products in Houston ahead of the storm to help ensure an adequate blood supply would be available for hospital patients.  We also staged more blood product inventory in Dallas. We are closely working with local and federal authorities to continue the distribution of blood products to our hospital partners.  Nearly 11 million hurricane and flood alerts were issued through Red Cross mobile apps since Thursday. The alerts provide people with real-time information so they can help protect themselves and their loved-ones.The Red Cross is working closely with the entire response community – government agencies, other non-profit groups, faith-based organizations, area businesses and others – to coordinate emergency relief efforts and get help to people as quickly as possible.  

Assistance For Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

 

As we continue to provide food, shelter and comfort for those affected by Hurricane Harvey, the American Red Cross is delivering financial assistance to people who need it most.

The Red Cross is fully committed to providing financial support to help meet the needs of those most impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Right now, we are working to strengthen our IT infrastructure so that when we reopen the application system, the process is as smooth as possible.

On the first day of this effort on September 11, we provided $45 million in financial assistance to more than 100,000 qualified households who needed immediate help. This unprecedented demand challenged our IT infrastructure and caused us to temporarily suspend service. We understand this has been frustrating and we apologize for the problems these issues have caused.

The Red Cross plans to restart the application process on Thursday, September 21. Registration will remain open through October 10.

There will be a single website where qualified households from 39 Texas counties that were severely impacted by Harvey can apply for $400. We expect the website to have sufficient capacity to handle all registrations; applications will not be accepted through any other website or phone number.

Assistance, continued

 

n the meantime, the Red Cross is processing registrations for pending applicants whose registrations were not completed when the system became overloaded. For example, because of the system overload, some applicants did not receive reference codes or were unable to select payment methods. We are working to resolve those registrations within the next few days. Qualified applicants will receive a text or email with instructions for completing the process.

Texas counties include: Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzalez, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller and Wharton.

Host a Blood Drive

There are many ways to volunteer or help out when disasters strike.  One of the easiest is to Donate Blood.  You can take it one step farther and host a blood drive.   What a great way to save a life.  For more information. 

Volunteer

  You can assist with volunteer efforts by registering as a volunteer with the American Red Cross.  

Take Preparedness Quiz

Are you prepared for the next disaster?  You can test your preparation level by taking the the Preparedness Quiz, offered by the American Red Cross. 

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