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After Hurricane Michael: Ways to Help

Lexi Mariash, Staff Writer

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Last week, Hurricane Michael tore through the Florida Panhandle scattering debris, damaging homes, destroying buildings, and causing severe water damage. The Category Four hurricane took 32 lives in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia, 15 of whom were from the Florida Bay.

The aftermath of the storm left the East Coast with costly damage and in need of repairs. Multiple organizations across the state have taken part in the restoration and are encouraging the people of Florida to help. Anybody can aid in the relief of the afflicted areas. Donating money online to RedCross.org, HelpMeDonate.org, voaflorida.org and TampaBay.org will directly fund restoration efforts.

There are multiple donation drives located across Tampa. Volunteers of America will be at the Home Depot located at 2495 Gulf to Bay Blvd. in Clearwater now through Thursday, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Feeding Tampa Bay will be collecting food donations at their locations, which you can find online at feedingtampabay.org/disaster-relief.

Multiple businesses are also donating a percentage of their sales to helping the cause. Sonny’s BBQ will be giving 10% of their sales to Operation BBQ Relief, a non-profit organization with a mission to help with the recovery from hurricane damage. Sea Salt St. Pete is also donating a portion of their sales to Red Cross.

One Blood, a blood donation service, was forced to close multiple locations in the Panhandle where the most damage was done. You can go online to oneblood.org to find a truck near you to donate.

There are many ways people can help with the aftermath of the hurricane. If you are interested in more, go online to locate more drives or contributing businesses near you.

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