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8.29.2017

3 Crucial Ways You Can Help in The Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

If MILK.XYZ stands for one thing, it’s creating change—by whatever means necessary. That said, Hurricane Harvey is a disaster we’d be remiss to ignore, even if we are strapped on cash. Much like the events in Charlottesville and Boston, the aftermath of the hurricane in places like Houston and beyond serves as an opportunity to extend a hand—even if that means donating something other than your Benjamins. Luckily, help comes in all different forms, and donating your finances is just one of many options. That said, check our list of crucial ways you can help below. 

Donating Blood

AABB published an immediate release following the hurricane, urging Americans to donate blood to the relief effort. They emphasize specifically that “Individuals with type O blood are critically important at this time and should schedule a blood donation appointment as soon as possible,” because of the fact that Type-O blood is compatible with other blood types.

Use the following contact information to find a local blood drive and schedule an appointment:

AABB: 301-907-6977

America’s Blood Centers

American Red Cross: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

Armed Services Blood Program: 703-681-5979

Donating Time

The National Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster has an entire list of organizations that you can connect to to volunteer. For example, the American Red Cross has an open call of volunteers as well as a zip code tool to help find opportunities near you.

Spreading Info

Remember that, even if you can’t directly donate to people, share the information so that others can be informed. Other people may have the ability to donate the blood, the time, and even the money! Social media is one of our greatest toolsuse it. 

Bonus Info!

If you want to do some research about where to donate, Charity Navigator is an excellent database that lists and rates both local and national charities based on their accountability, transparency, and finances. Pro Publica also offers five great tips for donating after disasters.

A few current campaigns include:

  1. Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner after he received hundreds of inquires from both citizens and companies on how to help. Make your tax deductible donation today.
  2. Global Giving, which promises to initially support “ first responders meet survivors’ immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter.” From there, Global Giving will be supporting long term relief efforts by vetted organizations.
  3. Americares is donating emergency medicine and supplies to Hurricane Harvey Relief.
  4. AirBnb is waiving fees from August 23 to September 27 for those who are affected by the disaster. You can either request for a place to stay or offer your space for free if you’re in Texas. 

For even more info, check out these resource lists from Huffington Post and The New York Times.

Sources: Dosomething.org, New York Times, Huffington Post, ABC News

Featured image via Time.com

Stay tuned to Milk for more ways to stay involved.

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