This advice from a friend of the Club who’s daughter talked to the Emergency Management Department at Arkansas Tech.
Monetary donations to either the American Red Cross (ARC) or the Salvation Army are the best way to help.
I know that people sometimes would rather donate clothes or other items such as personal hygiene items, but when donated these actually end up costing more. First of all they will need to be transported to the disaster area and what is not used either goes bad or has to be stored. Therefore causing what we call a “second disaster,” mounds of stuff left over and an added cost of storing the items. Monetary donations can go directly to the area of the disaster and can be used to purchase needed goods.
I spoke directly to the ARC about the amount of donations that actually goes to the disaster victims and this was their response, “Out of every dollar donated, 91 cents goes towards the disaster and 9 cents towards administrative fees.”
I have included some links below for easy donating. I’m sure that the victims of FRANKENSTORM would be very grateful of any donations.
To donate, people can visit http://www.redcross.org/charitable-donations, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Contributions may also be sent to someone’s local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. The ARC is also requesting blood and platelet donations due to the fact that many blood drives in the region had to be cancelled.