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Hurricane Irma: 21 Ways to help with Relief Efforts

Many of us got through Hurricane Irma unscathed and we are ready to help. If you still have hurricane supplies like bottled water, extra canned goods, or would just like to donate funding, we've put together a list where you can help. From ways to volunteer, to how to help our furry friends, scroll down to find local and statewide ways to help with Hurricane Irma relief efforts. Please comment below if you have other ways to help, please comment below and we'll add them to the list to help get the word out!

1. American Red Cross - Helps with disaster response 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. You can donate to hurricane relief efforts, HERE.

2. Celebration Church - Celebration will be a drop off and storage locations for Red Cross relief efforts. You can drop off items 9:00am - 5:00pm five days per week. You can also volunteer to help with relief efforts or register for help on their website. For information and addresses for the three drop off locations HERE.

3. Chet's Creek - This church has ways to volunteer and you can also request assistance.

4. Children's Home Society - They are looking for volunteers to help get their 14 acre campus back up to operating speed. Please contact them to help, HERE.

5. Church of Eleven22 - Now accepting donations of non perishable foods, cleaning supplies, female hygiene products, diapers, wipes in association with the United Way. Locations and contact info HERE.

6. Clay Safety Net Alliance - Provides services within Clay County.

7. Episcopal Relief and Development Fund - Donate funds for disaster relief through St. Johns Cathedral. 

8. Feeding Northeast Florida - Help families recover and rebuild after this devastating storm. Feeding Northeast Florida provides food, water, and critical supplies to families affected by Hurricane Irma.

9. First Coast No More Homeless Pets - Hurricane Irma left a lot of damage at First Coast No More Homeless Pets Norwood Avenue Clinic. They are also helping other shelters that were damaged in the Northeast Florida region. Consider making a special donation to help animals, HERE.

10. Florida Baptist Disaster Relief - Connects Florida Baptist Churches and locations to people and communities impacted by disaster by responding with help, healing, and hope that demonstrates and shares the love of Christ.

11. Hand In Hand - This star studded television benefit raised millions for hurricane relief efforts on September 12. You can still donate by calling 1 (800) 258-6000 or texting GIVE to 80077 to donate $25 on your wireless phone bill. More info, here.

12. Hurricane Irma Recovery Jacksonville Facebook Group - Join this special Facebook group to learn how you can help locally.

13. Jacksonville Humane Society - The Humane Society has decided to cancel their annual toast to the animals that raises $150,000 annually to provide medical care for animals in need. They have cancelled the event, but you can still help. You can purchase raffle tickets to go towards animal medical care where you would win 4 Jaguars club seats, 4 field passes, 4 terrace suites with food and beverage, an autographed football, Jaguars game tickets, club seats, and an Everbank field tour. You can also donate to Jacksonville Humane Society and select, "hurricane relief," HERE.

14. John Paul II Nocatee - This church is setting up a drop-off location at their church in Nocatee to collect any bottled water and food donations to help those that lost everything during Hurricane Irma. Drop off is this Saturday, September 16 from 9:00am - noon. Please no class containers or perishable items. Drop off address, HERE.

15. Missions On Wheels - Helps provide portable trailers and showers to government and non profit organizations to bolster disaster response and community outreach.

16. One Blood - It is always helpful to donate blood. You can find the local locations to donate, HERE.

17. Riverside Avondale Preservation - If you saw the photo of the statue at Memorial Park and the historic flooding, you can get your own print and help the Memorial Park Association and their rebuilding efforts! Mark Krancer, of Mark Kran Photo, has released initial prints of the photo, and other storm photos, with proceeds benefiting rebuilding efforts.

18. Salvation Army Jacksonville - The Salvation Army is now taking donations for Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma relief efforts.

19. Surfrider Foundation International Coastal Cleanup Day - Follow along and RSVP in the Facebook event, HERE.

20. Tijuana Flats - Donating 10% of all proceeds made on Friday, September 15, 2017 through Sunday, September 17, 2017 to Hurricane Irma disaster relief efforts. Info here.

21. United Way Northeast Florida - You can find ways to volunteer, needs, and how to donate on the United Way website. You can also find disaster relief resources, food resources, and other emergency resources, HERE.

22. Cummer Museum Garden Reconstruction Fund - The Cummer Museum historic gardens were completely under water for more than 24 hours. With the need to maintain historical accuracy and integrity per the requirements of the National Register of Historic places, there is much work that needs to be done by professionals. They are offering half price entry to the museum, or of you pay full price, they will donate 50% to reconstruction of the gardens. You can also donate to reconstruction efforts, HERE.

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