Giving Tuesday: How you can help donate to recent weather disasters

An estimated 35 million participated in Giving Tuesday in 2021, with more than $2 billion donated to different causes. After donating, many turn to social media and use #GivingTuesday to raise awareness.

As Americans hit the stores and look for the best cyber deals of the holiday season, millions around the globe will participate in a charitable act on what is known as Giving Tuesday.

GivingTuesday.org estimated 35 million participated in the annual event in 2021, with more than $2 billion going to different causes during the Christmas season.

If trends continue, 2022 will outpace last year’s record-breaking total and will mean many of less fortunate will get the support they need during trying times. 

Here are some groups to consider giving to on Tuesday or any day you are looking to donate to a worthy cause.

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American Red Cross

The Red Cross says they worked 15 billion-dollar disasters during 2022 with shelters, food and care provided by thousands of volunteers.

The non-profit humanitarian organization believes a lack of affordable housing during disasters such as recent hurricanes, flooding and wildfires has caused demand to increase for shelters.

"This year’s crises overwhelmed the most vulnerable, who have relied on generous support to cope with dire needs," American Red Cross President & CEO Gail J. McGovern said in a statement. "It takes all of us to help ensure no one faces an emergency alone, whether it’s felt by millions of people or a single person. Join us during the holidays to give hope to those in need facing future crises by making a financial donation or a lifesaving donation of blood. Your support makes all the difference."

To make a financial donation, register to volunteer or make an appointment to give blood, visit redcross.org.

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Florida Disaster Fund

The State of Florida’s official private fund was established to help communities respond to and recover from disasters.

The impacts from Hurricanes Ian and Nicole to the Sunshine State caused a combined damage estimate that is expected to reach into the billions of dollars.

Visit the Volunteer Florida website or text DISASTER to 20222 to donate.

All administrative and credit card fees for Hurricane Ian donations have been waived.

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Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund

Over the summer, thunderstorms produced a record amount of rainfall, leading to flash flooding and a disaster that claimed the lives of dozens of people in the Bluegrass State.

The State of Kentucky established a relief fund that has raised more than $9 million to help victims.

To make a tax-deductible donation visit the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund website.

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The Salvation Army

The charitable organization estimates more than $24 billion in losses happen every year due to natural disasters.

After a disaster strikes, volunteers provide comfort to victims through food, counseling, care and rebuilding.

To donate to a specific event or the general disaster relief fund, visit: https://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/help-disaster-survivors

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