Despite everyone saying it’s fall, Summer is still very much alive where I live. If it were up to me, I would just live on the sand all year round. I think Lola would agree with me! Nothing makes us happier. I typically don’t head to the beach all dressed up with my fancy bags etc, but, this day was too beautiful not to snap some photos. While the weather here has been beautiful, it’s only a reminder of how lucky we are to not be affected by the destruction of the storms that are devastating so many peoples lives all over the country. I found this recent article on how you can help those dealign with Irma here. It’s always such a struggle to see how we can help those in need and finding reputable sources to do so. I am going to copy and paste some organizations below from that article on the Miami Herald if you have it in your heart to help in any small way. I have many friends and family in Florida and will be praying for their safety this weekend. Stay safe everyone.
Here are some other organizations raising funds for those affected by Irma:
- UNICEF is raising money that will first be spent distributing emergency supplies to affected areas. After the storm, UNICEF will focus on getting children back to school. Charity Watch gave UNICEF an A.
- Crowdfunding website Global Giving is raising $2 million to first “help any first responders meet survivors’ immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter.” Following the storm, the fund will “support longer-term recovery efforts run by local, vetted organizations responding to this disaster.” The fund has been vetted, according to the website.
- United Way of Miami-Dade is soliciting donations on behalf of the United Way organizations in all hurricane-affected areas. You can choose to have your relief funds go to Hurricane Irma or Hurricane Harvey.
Charity efforts for victims specifically outside mainland U.S. include:
- ConPRmetidos is trying to raise $150,000 for relief and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.
- The Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross is providing support to victims on those islands.
- Convoy of Hope’s disaster team has a million meals staged in Haiti and more en route.
- Oxfam has teams stationed throughout the Caribbean supporting local partners to provide safe water and sanitation.
- Food For The Poor is rushing aid vulnerable areas in northern Haiti. Aid was trucked from the charity’s Port-au-Prince, Haiti, warehouse starting on Thursday, and more containers will be shipped from Food For The Poor’s headquarters in Florida next week after the storm passes.
source for donations: Miami Herald