In late September, Category 4 Hurricane Ian struck Southwest Florida, devastating the city of Ft. Myers and its surrounding area before sweeping across the state and up the East Coast. In addition to causing massive property damage, Ian killed more than 110 people – including at least 105 in Florida, making it the state’s deadliest hurricane since 1935.
As victims in Florida and other states begin to recover, we’ve compiled a list of organizations and charities that you can consider donating to support the communities affected by Hurricane Ian.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is helping those affected by Hurricane Ian by sending comfort kits and relief supplies, sheltering many of those displaced from their homes across Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia, and aiding in family reunification efforts.
To provide financial support, you can visit the Red Cross website or text ‘IAN’ to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Direct Relief provides humanitarian aid and assistance nationwide. Helping Florida recover from hurricanes since 2007, Direct Relief has been assisting hospitals with backup power systems, emergency medicines and delivering Hurricane Prep Packs, containing more than 200 medical provisions.
To donate and learn more about Direct Relief’s efforts, visit its website.
Save the Children
For those wishing to help families in need, Save the Children is asking for donations that will directly go to children and their families who were impacted by Hurricane Ian.
Deliveries of critical family supplies, such as diapers, wipes, hygiene kits, portable cribs, and more are sent to families in need – along with setting up “child-friendly spaces” in evacuation centers for children and their families to recover and cope. The organization is also communicating with local education partners and stands ready to restore child care and early learning centers that were impacted by Hurricane Ian.
To donate, visit Save the Children’s website.
GlobalGiving has been responding to disasters and supporting emergency aid since 2004. Donations for the Hurricane Ian Relief Fund will support immediate and long term relief and recovery efforts – such as providing food, water, hygiene products, and emergency medical supplies for Florida and other communities affected by the hurricane.
The fund’s mission is to raise $1 million. To help, you can visit the GlobalGiving website to donate and learn more.