Cindy Laquidara is a lawyer based in Jacksonville, Florida. She is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in City, County & Local Government Law.

3 Ways to Help Victims of Hurricane Irma

Earlier this month, my beautiful home of Florida was impacted by Hurricane Irma. Parts of the state were flooded, homes and business were destroyed. Fortunately, many took precautions and chose to evacuate. But upon returning home, a great deal of Floridians found unimaginable damages. After all the tragedy that has struck America over the past few weeks, people from everywhere have rallied together to support the victims of each natural disaster. Here are some of the ways people are helping so that you can pitch in as well.

 

Donations

 

When it comes to natural disasters, the donation of any goods is something that is always in need. Those who have had their entire homes destroyed need any and everything that they can get their hands on. From blankets to clothing, to furniture and food, each and every item will go to someone who is in need. There are organizations such as The Boys and Girls Club of Miami-Dade, who are collecting donations and distributing them to those in need.

 

Animals

 

Unfortunately, many families left their animals at their homes when they evacuated. Many of these furry friends were rescued and taken to shelters that were already at capacity. This being said, there are so many pets right now that are in need of a loving home. If you have the capability, fostering or adopting from a Florida based shelter is a great way to help animals who were victims of Irma. If you are unable to bring a friend home, the shelters are always seeking donations in the means of food, toys, litter, and other pet supplies. Monetary donations are also, of course, always welcomed.

 

Volunteer

 

For those who like to get their hands dirty and feel as though they are making a physical impact, there are many places to help when it comes to Irma relief. Organizations such as Volunteer Florida are looking for gracious citizens to help with cleanup efforts, running supply drives, and answering phones. There are so many organizations who are in need of manpower and help. Finding one through Volunteer Florida is a great way to support the communities who are trying to rebuild after the devastation brought upon by Irma.