Apple Donates $1 Million to the Red Cross for Hurricane Florence Response

"They left this week as part of a pre-deployment ahead of the storm", she said.

"We know from the hurricanes past year that a lot of the well-intended donations ended up in landfills", said Executive Director of Northeast Ohio's American Red Cross Karen Conklin. TD will provide additional donations to support recovery efforts after impact assessments have been conducted to determine needs, according to a news release.

That information can also be found on the Red Cross website.

She recommends that people send money donations to the Red Cross if they would like to help but are not physically able to volunteer. Like I've already seen they ran out of cots in North Carolina.

Melissa Papini, disaster program manager, said 19 trained volunteers from the chapter's five-county area in northeastern OH, as well as supplies, have been sent.

"There's some that don't understand, and you have to explain why they have to stay in the shelter and they want to know how long they've got to be there, and we can't really answer that because we don't know", Anderson said. "We're doing everything we can, including working with partners like the National Guard, to move volunteers and supplies to critical areas". They rescued people in River Bend on Friday. "We learn from every disaster".

As severe flooding and strong winds continue to hit the east coast this weekend, residents and volunteers are in need of our help.

The Red Cross is also asking people to give blood because, through this week, over 140 blood drives have been canceled due to the storm, "resulting in over 4,200 uncollected blood and platelet donations".

Donations can be made online at or by texting "Florence" to 90999, which Breitbach said makes a $10 donation.

The Red Cross recommends blood donations and monetary donations. All volunteers are trained locally, which Stemen said "does take a little time".

Lowe's has committed $2 million to support relief efforts, with the Lowe's Emergency Command Center expediting more than 2,800 truckloads of needed supplies, including generators, bottled water, sand, plywood, chainsaws, trash bags, gas cans and tarps.

  • Joey Payne