How to help communities hit by Hurricane Matthew

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Many people are wondering how they can help the families and communities falling in Hurricane Matthew’s path.

The American Red Cross of East Tennessee says there are a number of ways to donate, but the best is to make a financial contribution.

Donations can be made by texting REDCROSS to 90999. They can also be made online, or by sending a check to your local Red Cross chapter.

Right now people are being asked not to collect items like food, water or clothing to send to disaster locations.

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“This is not the time to bring your ‘in kind’ donations because, again, getting things to places is not easy. There’s no place to store it. We don’t know where the disasters are. Wait, watch, listen. We will be working with local partners who have the capacity to collect and travel,” said Michelle Hankes the executive director for the American Red Cross of East Tennessee.

The Red Cross says one more way to help is to volunteer to be deployed. At this point they are holding volunteer training sessions and orientations. Volunteers must be 18 years old and pass a background check and health exam.

For more information on how to donate or volunteer, you can click here.

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