Here's how to help Hurricane Michael victims in Florida

Find out how to donate, volunteer

Hurricane Michael no doubt had a devastating impact on Florida's Panhandle. Now that the Category 4 storm has passed, donations and other resources are needed to help those who were in its path.

Gov. Rick Scott said Floridians need to stick together and assist each other in the aftermath of the disaster.

"Floridians take care of each other. Floridians are strong. Floridians are resilient. There’s nothing our state cannot recover from, because there is no state that cares, loves, or comes together like Florida," Scott tweeted Wednesday.

Already, funds have been established to donate to Hurricane Michael survivors who are in desperate need of help. Aside from donating, there are also other ways to assist in the recovery.

[WATCH BELOW: Sky 6 flies over post-Michael devastation along Florida's Gulf Coast]

Below is a list of ways you can help Hurricane Michael survivors:

The Florida Disaster Fund benefits disaster and response in areas affected by natural disasters. Donations can be made online here or you can text DISASTER to 20222 to make a $10 donation or DISASTER25 to 20222 to make a $25 donation. You can also click here for details on how to send a check.

The Red Cross has set up a fund specifically for Hurricane Michael victims. Click here to donate online and find information on how to donate by phone or mail.

OneBlood is urging any who is eligible to donate blood. Find a list of OneBlood location across Florida here.

LifeSouth is also looking for blood donors to help the organization maintain blood supply at hospitals in the impacted areas. Click here to find a blood drive or donor center in your area.

Volunteer Florida has created a Hurricane Michael Volunteer Database Registration, where users can fill out a form detailing their skills, where they live, what languages they speak and any other pertinent information that will then be distributed to Volunteer Florida's partner organizations that are in need of volunteers. Click here to fill out that form.

The Salvation Army has a web page dedicated to collecting donations for victims of Hurricane Michael and Hurricane Florence. Donations can also be made my phone or through mail, click here for more information on that. Organization officials said they accept donated items in some disasters, depending on the item. Click here to fill out that donation form.

Second Harvest Food Bank in Orlando is adding more volunteer opportunities to build disaster relief meal boxes. The 15-inch boxes are packed with ready-to-eat foods, toilet paper and paper towels. The goal is to pack 2,000 boxes a day. The organization has volunteer spots open as early as next Thursday. For more information, click here

Goodwill is putting out a call to drop off everyday-use items. People can drop off items at any Goodwill donation location; they should let the Goodwill employee know it’s meant for hurricane recovery and it will be designated for distribution to survivors in the Panhandle and Big Bend areas. Items needed include: clothing, shoes, blankets and towels, couches, chairs, tables, dishes, silverware, cups. You can find the nearest donation location by visiting www.goodwillcfl.org.

The Humane Society of the United States has rescue teams responding to the animal shelters in the Panhandle as they continue to move equipment and personnel to the hardest hit areas to assess the needs of animals and shelter staff. Click here to donate.

Airbnb hosts in certain areas are opening up their homes for free to displaced Hurricane Michael survivors. Click here to sign up your home or to find a shelter.

Save the Children has deployed emergency response teams to make sure children and families have hygiene kits, portable cribs, washbasins, diapers and other essentials after the storm. Click here to donate to the agency's Hurricane Michael relief fund.

Clean the World in Orlando has a goal to make 100,000 hygiene kits complete with recycled soaps and shampoos to deliver to those who are homeless or in shelters in the Panhandle. They send out shipments every day and are working with The Red Cross and Salvation Army to distribute them. They have opportunities to volunteer as early as this weekend. To sign up, click here.  

Feeding Children Everywhere in Longwood has also set up a Hurricane Relief fund. The non-profit will be packing up boxes of shelf-stable foods to send to Hurricane Michael victims. How many boxes will be sent depends on how many donations they get, both monetary and food donations. For a list of foods that are needed, click here.

Tito's Vodka is asking its fans and followers to donate to Team Rubikon through a Facebook fundraiser. Tito's will match every donation made up to $25,000. Team Rubikon is an organization in which military veterans are paired with first responders to assist in disaster relief. Click here to read more about Team Rubikon or click here to donate to the Facebook fundraiser.

GoFundMe has a list of verified campaigns that are raising funds to help with Hurricane Michael relief. Click here to see the verified campaigns.

Habitat for Humanity is gathering donations to help rebuild homes that were destroyed by Hurricane Michael. Click here to donate.

American Kidney Fund is helping dialysis patients get to treatment, replace medication and more. Click here to donate to the organization's Hurricane Michael disaster relief fund.

International Medical Corps has sent doctors and nurses to help staff medical facilities and special-needs shelters in the Panhandle. Click here to donate to the cause.

Rethink Life Church is gathering supplies to send a group of state troopers, including News 6 Traffic Safety Expert Steven Montiero, to the Panhandle Wednesday morning. The church is accepting all donated items, including cleaning supplies, baby diapers and dog food until 5 p.m. Tuesday at 5140 S. Conway Rd. Click here for more information.


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