Hurricane Relief

How You Can Help in the Aftermath of Hurricane Florence

A list of on-the-ground relief efforts for those affected by the storm in the Carolinas

Photo: AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

A home is surrounded by floodwaters from Hurricane Florence in Lumberton, North Carolina, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018.

Updated on September 20

“Catch the Food Truck”

Chef Keith Rhodes of Wilmington, North Carolina, has already collected more than $30,000 to support his mission of sending local food trucks into coastal North Carolina counties with food to give away. To donate, visit the fundraiser’s Facebook page.


Fish Hippie

The apparel company based in Mount Airy, North Carolina, has created a “storm relief tee” in various colors and is donating proceeds to provide drinking water for storm victims.


Diaper Bank of North Carolina

Families with babies who were affected by Hurricane Florence are in need of diapers, which this organization works to provide, along with other hygiene necessities. Donate through their website or their Amazon Wish List.



Visit North Carolina and Discover South Carolina, the states’ tourism agencies, have joined forces to create a T-shirt that raises funds for relief efforts. The $20 shirt is made from recycled materials and reads, “We Share More Than a State Line #CAREolinas.”


Palmetto Shirt Company and Habitat for Humanity

The Columbia, South Carolina-based firm is producing a special “One Carolina” T-shirt and will give proceeds to relief efforts through Habitat for Humanity.


Faith-Based Organizations

Various groups are helping disaster relief efforts, including these based in the South: United Methodist Committee on Relief, Samaritan’s Purse, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, Episcopal Relief and Development, and Convoy of Hope.


World Central Kitchen

By September 17, D.C.-based chef and philanthropist José Andrés had already served 80,000 meals to those in need in the Carolinas. Donations are needed for ingredients, fuel, and other essentials to keep feeding evacuees and first responders.


Mercy Chefs

This Virginia-based organization has been serving thousands of free meals in the North Carolina towns of Wilmington, Fayetteville, and Lumberton since the storm struck.


The Carolina Cavalry

Based in Raleigh and modeled after the Cajun Navy, the Carolina Cavalry is collecting, transporting, and delivering important supplies to New Bern, North Carolina, one of the towns hit hardest by the storm. You can help through their Amazon Wish List and Go Fund Me campaign. Members of the Louisiana-based Cajun Navy Relief are also helping out in the Carolinas, and they accept both fiscal and supply donations.


Foundation for the Carolinas

The Charlotte-based group is collecting donations for North and South Carolina storm relief nonprofits, directing grants to areas with the greatest need.


Direct Relief

The organization, which is in all fifty states and has received top ratings from Charity Navigator, is working with healthcare providers to get medicines and supplies to people in need.


Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina

This Charlotte-based organization is dispatching food and water to towns hit by the storm.


North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund

Donate to the fund through Governor Roy Cooper’s office, or text “Florence” to 20222. All contributions will go to immediate needs of Hurricane Florence victims.


Local Humane and Animal Societies

Dogs and cats living in shelters where the storm hit had to be evacuated to shelters in other parts of the Southeast, which spend thousands of dollars to transport and care for these animals. Help by giving to organizations like the Humane Society of Charlotte,  the Charleston Animal Society, and the Atlanta Humane Society, which will match all donations through the end of the month.

To learn more about a charity before donating, consult Charity Navigator.

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