"Right now it's a little too early to tell the extent of the damage and what services may be needed, but once we're notified of a specific type of volunteer that's needed we have a pretty quick response", said Stemen. "Kroger customers and associates have a history of giving during times of disasters".
Nissan, which recently kicked off a Titan pickup truck campaign highlighting its ongoing relationship with the disaster relief nonprofit, also set up a donation page for consumers to participate and is planning a Red Cross fundraiser Sept 20. In addition to financial donation, the Red Cross is also asking for blood donations with almost 150 blood drives cancelled due to Florence. That donation amount will be added to their receipt, and will appear as a contribution to the American Red Cross.
For information about volunteering or making a donation, call 800-RED-CROSS or visit RedCross.org. The kits provide medicine and other essential health items to prevent the spread of disease in the wake of national disasters.
Eli Russ, of Mamaroneck, is overseeing American Red Cross operations from drier land in Virginia. According to the organization, More than 150 blood drives have been canceled through early next week due to the hurricane, resulting in over 4,400 uncollected blood and platelet donations. The best way to help those affected by Florence is by donating to the following organizations.
Another way to help is to text FLORENCE to 90999, which provides a $10 donation to the Red Cross.
In the wake of the storm's aftermath, residents need our help. "I like going to help out people I don't even know".
"You have trained volunteers in the community, we have shelter trailers that are stocked with our supplies, so it's a matter of pulling all of these resources that we have prepared together to make something like this happen", said Capps.