To donate, you can call 423-266-5483 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and then from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Hurricane Ian left much of Florida, especially coastal areas, in shambles as the storm roared across the state.
The South Carolina coast was also impacted by the weakened Category 1 storm.
We’ve put together a guide of ways you can help in a meaningful way. Remember that the portability of money is often one of the most useful gifts you can share.
But be aware; if you haven’t heard of an organization before, check before submitting your credit card information, since scammers are opportunists and showed up after the storm.
American Red Cross
Local 3 News has partnered with the American Red Cross to help those in need in Florida. The Red Cross has a long history of helping in disasters, often providing meals and personal items to those who have lost everything.
Local chapters often send volunteers to disaster sites. https://www.redcross.org/donate/cm/wrcb3-pub.html/
Operation BBQ Relief
Started as a grassroots origin, this group of championship barbecue cooks travel and settle to feed emergency crews and people in shelters. Southern Living says the group has already arrived in Florida and expects to serve more than 60,000 meals a day. https://operationbbqrelief.org/volunteer-obr/
The Salvation Army is another grassroots organization with a proven track record of helping people in need. They provide food and shelter, and often have local chapters. The Salvation Army also helps meet the spiritual and emotional needs of those who have experienced the trauma of losing their homes and possessions. https://salvationarmyflorida.org/
World Central Cuisine
The global humanitarian organization is headed by chef Jose Andres, who many foodies know from his TV shows. WCK is already on the ground in Florida, setting up before the storm hits. https://wck.org/