If you are looking to help those affected by Hurricane Irma, the best gift you can give is your time or money, officials say.
Leaders helping with disaster-relief efforts are urging people to either volunteer or make a donation.
“This is the thing: How are they going to send stuff if we are in the middle of a hurricane? Even after a hurricane, we’re in crisis mode. If they can volunteer or give a small donation to a credible organization of their choice, relief will come quicker. We need manpower,” said Robert Baltodano, a spokesman for the American Red Cross South Florida Region.
If you want to volunteer to help those displaced by the storm visit Volunteer Florida. You will be asked to complete a quick application and be contacted within 24 to 48 hours.
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Based on your interests, you will be matched with an organization in your area and will be able to lend a hand.