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How to help Hurricane Idalia victims, or get assistance if you need it

Here are some organizations collecting donations and offering assistance.
 
A severely burned house in Shore Acres which caught fire during flooding as a result of Hurricane Idalia. Here are a few organizations you can reach out to for assistance, or make a donation.
A severely burned house in Shore Acres which caught fire during flooding as a result of Hurricane Idalia. Here are a few organizations you can reach out to for assistance, or make a donation. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
Published Aug. 31, 2023|Updated Sept. 2, 2023

Hurricane Idalia pushed up the west coast of Florida, leaving behind a path of destruction, in particular from storm surge. The following is a list of organizations you can turn to either for assistance or to make donations.

• The Salvation Army has deployed numerous teams to areas affected by Idalia. The public can assist by donating the following ways: Mail checks to P.O. Box 1959, Atlanta, Georgia, 30301; online at helpsalvationarmy.org; by phone at 1-800-725-2769; by texting STORM to 51555; or by sending money via Venmo: @SalvationArmyUSA (use the keywords Hurricane Idalia, Hurricane or Idalia).

• GlobalGiving partners have launched the Hurricane Idalia Relief Fund to meet immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products and shelter. To donate, go to globalgiving.org.

• FEMA announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to those affected by the hurricane in Citrus, Dixie, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Suwannee and Taylor counties. Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated areas can apply for assistance by registering online at DisasterAssistance.gov, or by calling 1-800-621-3362.

Four rooftop bars are “Raising the Roof for Hurricane Idalia Relief” on Sept. 7: EDGE Rooftop Cocktail Lounge (Epicurean Hotel in Tampa); Hi-Fi Rooftop Bar (Fenway Hotel in Dunedin); Vantage Rooftop Bar (The Karol Hotel in St. Pete/Clearwater) and Skybox Rooftop Bar (Residence Inn Tampa Wesley Chapel) all will donate a percentage of sales from that night to the American Red Cross Hurricane Idalia Fund to support communities impacted by the storm.

• Babycycle Diaper Bank will be distributing diapers, wipes, toiletries, feminine products and cleaning supplies to all in need. Lunch will be provided by Pete Boland and The Galley. Lunch and items can be picked up from 10 a.m.-noon on Sept. 2 at 4670 Chancellor St. NE, St. Petersburg.

• Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay is a volunteer organization available to assist people with structural damage after the storm. Anyone needing assistance is encouraged to reach out at rttb.org or via phone at 813-878-9000.

• Feeding Tampa Bay is distributing food to those in need across the Tampa Bay area. For assistance or to make a donation, go to feedingtampabay.org.

• Rosen Hotels & Resorts in Orlando is offering Idalia victims a $69-per-night rate and is waiving pet fees. The offer requires displaced victims to show their proof of residence in storm-affected areas. For more information, call 407-996-9840.

A global response organization supporting underserved communities after crises, CORE is coordinating with local partners and government to support the communities in Florida most impacted by Hurricane Idalia. To donate, go to donate.coreresponse.org.

• All Hands and Hearts is a nonprofit organization committed to tracking and responding to natural hazards, storms and disasters around the world, including earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and more. They work alongside residents of impacted areas to deploy groups of volunteers known as DART (Disaster Assessment Response) teams. To make a donation, go to give.allhandsandhearts.org.

The Florida Disaster Fund is a public-private partnership set up at volunteerflorida.org/donatefdf. For Hurricane Idalia, all administrative and credit card fees have been waived so that 100% of every donation can be used to help Floridians recover. You can also mail a check to the Volunteer Florida Foundation at 1545 Raymond Diehl Road, Suite 250, Tallahassee, FL 32308.

The Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE) has mobilized to help vulnerable Floridians affected by Idalia. They currently are providing families with assistance to address urgent needs such as water, food and emergency shelter. To make a donation, go to care.org.

• 211 Tampa Bay Cares is a volunteer organization that provides financial and emotional assistance to Tampa Bay-area individuals and families suffering from job loss, depression, stress, hunger, homelessness, financial strain, health challenges, seasonal storms and more. To make a donation or learn more, go to 211tampabay.org.

• Direct Relief is a global humanitarian aid organization with a long history of responding to hurricanes in Florida. Teams will assess and respond to medical aid and supplies that are needed to serve the state’s most vulnerable populations. To donate, go to directrelief.org.

• PayPal’s Hurricane Idalia Relief Campaign is raising funds for charities that are providing resources and assistance to affected areas, including American Red Cross, Save The Children, AmeriCares Foundation, GlobalGiving Foundation and Volunteer Florida. To donate, go to paypal.com/fundraiser/hub.

• Project Hope, a global health and humanitarian organization, is providing basic hygiene items to those affected by the hurricane. To donate, go to projecthope.org/hurricane-idalia-how-to-help.

The United Way Suncoast has created a disaster recovery fund to assist nonprofit organizations in delivering aid to impacted areas. To donate, go to uwsuncoast.org.

Throughout the hurricane’s path, Comcast has removed the data threshold for Xfinity Mobile and Comcast Business Mobile customers and removed data overage charges for “By the Gig” Xfinity Mobile and Comcast Business Mobile customers from Aug. 30 to Sept. 12.

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