Think of the children
“Children’s needs are important during disasters,” says Paul Grattan, Jr., a sergeant and 17-year veteran of the New York City Police Department who has disaster response-and-recovery experience. “As families impacted by a disaster try to shield their children from the effects, they seek to supply them with the entertainment, toys, snacks, juices, candies, and other treats and comfort items they are accustomed to, particularly in less-immediate post-disaster environments.” Turn your dollars into toys and entertainment options for kids of all ages. Shelters can accept these donations and distribute them appropriately.
Host a food drive
You can start the process by organizing a food drive with local businesses or churches in your hometown, says Leah Benavente, philanthropic relations coordinator at Acts of Serve/Lippert Components, Inc. After the drive, package everything and prepare to deliver it to the larger organization who can take over delivery from there. “Ask your local food pantry for guidance. They have a network of people they can reach out to,” she says. “Also, keep an eye out for organizations that react to disasters like World Compassion Network, Team Rubicon, and Feed the Hungry. They will take donations and can give you guidance on what items are most needed.” Find out the one thing natural disaster survivors wish they had done differently to prepare.