Florence Relief: How Chattanooga-area residents can help storm victims
As Florence continues its devastating path inland, many residents of the Carolinas and neighboring states need our help.
We've compiled a list of ways people in our area can do so below:
Hurricane relief experts say that the best way to help victims is with cash, rather than clothes.
For the Red Cross, you can also Text FLORENCE to 90999 to give $10 Or Call 800-RED-CROSS.
For the Salvation Army, please visit HelpSalvationArmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
Americares is a health-focused relief organization that is taking donations for emergency medicine and other supplies for people impacted by Florence.
Our parent company, Sinclair Broadcast Group, is partnering with the Salvation Army. Learn more at the link here.
Another way you can help people is by donating blood.
Blood Assurance says it has already sent donations to North and South Carolina, and is asking for donations.
Blood Assurance will be open extra hours this weekend. Downtown Chattanooga, Gunbarrel Road, Cleveland, Fort Oglethorpe, and Dalton locations will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
The best way to help pets affected by Florence is to donate your love and time. Shelters like McKamey Animal Center and the Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga need people to foster pets already in the shelters so that they can have space for animals rescued from Florence's path. Both shelters are also looking for donations of cat food and dog food, as well as pet toys.
If you are interested in adopting, fostering, or donating: