This year, between the hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and more, thousands of people have been impacted by natural disasters. Lives have been turned upside down, towns destroyed, and countless communities will feel the effects of these weather events for years to come. Hear the heart-wrenching stories of three families impacted by storms in 2018 below:
The Morales Family (North Carolina)
The Fain Family (Florida)
The Sebastian Family (Florida)
How You Can Help
This holiday season, if you feel compelled to support the thousands of individuals who have been impacted by weather events this year, consider making a donation to any of the organizations below.
NCCF is the only statewide community foundation in North Carolina. Ever since their inception in 1988, their goal has been to create meaningful change throughout North Carolina. Their network of affiliate foundation partners have allowed them to serve the state with a unique knowledge of local needs and opportunities.
Volunteer Florida leads initiatives throughout the state that use volunteerism as a strategy to meet needs. They are the lead agency for community service across Florida, plus they administer an annual average of $31.7 million in federal, state, and local funding for national service and volunteer programs across the state.
United Way of Northwest Florida acts as a forum to bring people together, coordinate efforts, set goals, and measure progress. It takes a whole community working together to achieve results. United Way of Northwest Florida partners with local agencies, businesses, governments, and volunteers to build initiatives that create lasting change by preventing problems from happening in the first place.
The Red Cross’s network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering all around the world. In fact, the organization responds to an emergency every 8 minutes. They donate time, money, and blood and help communities better prepare for when the need arises.