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September 14, 2017

Hurricane Irma: How Your Family Can Help with Relief Efforts

By Tampa Bay Parenting

As the pictures and video continue to roll in showing the destruction left behind in the wake of Hurricane Irma, many of you in Tampa Bay have asked…how can I help? How can my family help?

There are several ways you can get involved with your kids and one of the easiest things you can do is take them shopping or donate what you have left from your own disaster kit (make sure you keep enough food and water to last your family for 3-7 days). Pick up or donate a few extra items like non-perishable food, paper products, diapers, wipes, and water to grassroot efforts like Caring for the Keys–started by Jessica Haim, a South Tampa woman from the Keys who has arranged to fly down supplies to the Keys. You can find GoFundMe page here. ABC Action News shared their story on Wednesday–you can read it here.

Feeding Tampa Bay is also collecting donations to bring to those impacted by Irma. They are accepting monetary donations–every $1 that is donated provides 20 meals thanks to a match in donations. They are also taking in donations of canned ready to eat items with pull tops (fruit and vegetables), protein in pouches or pull top cans like tuna, beef stew, chili, canned chicken, snacks like granola bars and breakfast bars, peanut butter, toiletries, paper goods, diapers and cleaning supplies. Your volunteer time is also needed to help pack and prepare items which will be donated. Learn more here. You can also find out how to get help if your family needs assistance.

The American Red Cross and Salvation Army are also taking monetary donations to help those impacted by Irma.

There are also several events happening this weekend from the Rays game, Brad Paisely concert to the Pierce Street Market in Clearwater where donations will be accepted for hurricane relief. Learn more here.

If your family, school or organization has worked to help those in need, we want to feature you in our October issue in pages dedicated to hurricane relief efforts. Email your photo and brief description to community@tbparenting.com by Monday, September 18 and we will try to include as many photos and stories as we can.

FOX 13 is also sharing ways you can donate your extra hurricane supplies. You can read their story here.


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