Here is how you can help Hurricane Michael victims who lost it all

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By Alex Finnie - Reporter, Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor, Andrea Torres - Digital Reporter/Producer

AVENTURA, Fla. - As some Hurricane Michael victims return home to find out they have lost it all and some are running out of money in nearby motels, South Florida residents are doing what they can to help.

There are drop-off locations in both Miami-Dade and Broward counties ready to receive your donations. There are also respected charity teams in action at the Florida Panhandle who are in need of your support. They have websites ready to receive your financial donations. 

Here is a list of the items most wanted:

•    Socks
•    Toiletries
•    Blankets
•    Diapers
•    Canned Goods and Non-perishable food items
•    Hand Sanitizer
•    First Aid Kits/Items
•    Plastic Storage Bins to Store Salvaged Items
•    Water
•    Flashlights and Batteries
•    Bug Spray
•    Toilet Paper
•    Dry Ice
•    Tarps
•    Fuel Containers
•    Coolers
•    Fans
•    Generators
•    Chain Saws
•    Debris Removal Equipment
•    Rubber Gloves
•    Bungee Cords
•    Clorox
•    Face Masks
•    Rope
•    Rubber Boots
•    Work/Latex Gloves
•    Ratchet Straps
•    Lowes/Home Depot Gift Cards
•    Dog Food
•    Safety Goggles
•    Buckets
•    Mops
•    Squeegees

Drop-off locations

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

iHEARTRADIO AND AVENTURA MALL

Aventura Mall and iHeartRadio have a drive going at until 7 p.m. Monday and starting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday at 19501 Biscayne Blvd. They are collecting generators, flashlights, boxed chainsaws, pet food, water and baby items such as wipes and diapers.

"When you look on television, you see those images. There's nothing left of those houses," said Mobile Mike, of iHeartRadio. "I mean, what do you say to those people? They're going back to dirt, poverty, absolutely nothing. So this is the least that we can do."

The trucks filled with your donations will head north to the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday. 

BOY'S AND GIRLS CLUBS

Active from Friday to Oct. 26: The Boy's & Girls Clubs in Miami-Dade will be collecting water, household supplies, bug spray, diapers and baby products, hygiene products, non-perishable food that is easy to open and medicine such as Advil, Tylenol, Motrin and Tums. The items can also be purchased on Amazon and shipped to the Hank Kline Club. 

•   Hank Kline Club,  2805 SW 32nd Ave., Miami, FL 33133.
•   Kendall Club, 9475 N Kendall Drive, Miami, FL 33176.
•   Northwest Club, 10915 NW 14th Ave., Miami, FL 33167.
•   South Beach Club, 1200 Michigan Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139.
•   Gwen Cherry Club at 7090 NW 22 Ave., Miami, FL 33147.

DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department and Corrections Health Services employees are accepting donations from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at 2525 62nd St., in the second floor lobby.

They will only accept items from this list:

  • Garbage bags
  • Roof Tarps
  • Tape
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries (D and C)
  • Buckets
  • Coolers
  • Dry Ice
  • Tents
  • Bedding
  • Toiletries (all sorts especially toilet paper)
  • Non-perishable foods
  • Paper Goods (plates, cups, paper towels, utensils)
  • Over the counter medication (Tylenol, stomach meds, vitamins, cold medicine etc.)
  • First Aid Kits
  • Clothes (all sizes, especially for kids)
  • Baby Food
  • Formula
  • Wipes
  • Diapers
  • Formula

BROWARD COUNTY

The Rotary Club of Weston partnered with State Farm Insurance offices, and other local businesses to set up drop-off locations for your donations. 

  • Frank Walker's Office, 12330 SW 53rd St Ste. 711, in Cooper City
  • Nancy Wolfe-Smith's Office, 1797 N University Dr., in Plantation.
  • Stefanie Bustillo's Office, 4855a Coconut Creek Pkwy., in Coconut Creek

Feeding South Florida also has the following drop-off locations:

  • 4925 Park Ridge Blvd. in Boynton Beach 
  • 2501 SW 32nd Terrace in Pembroke Park  

 

Other ways to help

DONATE BLOOD

All blood types are needed along with platelet and plasma donors. The not-for-profit blood center OneBlood has a big red bus that you can use to hold a blood drive.  There are ongoing blood drives in South Florida. Click here to get the closest location. For more information, call 1-888-936-6283.

Lifesafe, which serves hospitals, provides an online tool to find a donor center or mobile drive near you, or you can call 1-888-795-2707 to make an appointment to donate.

The American Red Cross is also encouraging people to give blood. They report a critical need for both blood and platelet donations. You can make an appointment either online, through their blood donor app or by calling 1-800-733-2767.

ONLINE DONATIONS

CHARITY NAVIGATOR'S PICKS

These highly-rated charities deployed teams to assist the victims of the storm:

Catholic Charities Diocese of St. Petersburg - They are accepting volunteers, cash and goods. 

Matthew 25: Ministries - They welcome financial donations, product donations and volunteering. 

Americares - They welcome financial donations to provide medicine and supplies

Good360 - They are working with private, public and nonprofits to collectively build proactive models.

First Book - They welcome financial donations to help children and teachers.  

Church World Service - The welcome financial donations

Direct Relief - They welcome financial donations

Children's Hunger Fund - They welcome financial donations

World Hope International - They welcome financial donations

United Way Worldwide - They welcome financial donations

Convoy of Hope - They welcome financial donations or assets.

GlobalGiving - They welcome financial donations and have a $2 million goal. 

All Hands and Hearts Smart Response - They welcome financial donations and volunteers. 

Samaritan's Purse - They welcome financial donations. help with rebuilding

Orphan Grain Train - They welcome financial donations and Thrivent Financial is matching up to $1 million. 

 

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