Hurricane Florence is on her way to the southeast United States. 

Thousands of families, many with pets, could be displaced and may have no home to return to, or one that is severly damaged.

What is the best way to help?

Most charities are asking for cash donations as for the present. The majority do not have the resources to go through donations and can offer help quicker if they purchase needed items locally. Plus, as the situation evolves over the next week or two, they can adjust what they purchase to suit the needs of those they are serving.

How do you gauge where your cash donations will do the most good? Perhaps the most important query – how do you avoid scammers?

There is an online resource called Charity Navigator, a non-profit itself, that has established a rating system which examines a charity’s financial health as well as their accountability. Simply enter the charity’s name on the website and you can find out how efficiently a charity will use your donations, how it has sustained its programs and services over time, their level of commitment to good governance and best practices and transparency with information.

The following charities have “boots on the ground” in areas hit by Hurricane Florence and the surrounding communities. This is by no means an all-encompasing list and we encourage you to investigate any charity before making donations to ensure your genosity is going where it is most needed.

American Red Cross – To give simply text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10. The charges will appear on your next phone billing cycle.

Feed the HungerFeed the Hunger 

Harvest Hope Food BankHarvest Hope Food Bank

Central Carolina Community Foundation One Fund SCCentral Carolina Community Foundation One Fund SC

Charleston Animal Society

Humane Society of the United States