Hurricane Florence drenched the Carolinas when it landed in mid-September. Along with damage to homes, buildings, and thousands of square miles of critical infrastructure, a number of people lost their lives in the storm.
The water hasn’t stopped rising, and neither has hope.
A tremendous outpouring of support from you, fans of GreaterGood, has proven invaluable to Hurricane Florence relief. We raised $196,328 in hurricane victim support coming from donations to our disaster response campaign, and gave $185,632.05 in pet products, clothing, and footwear to those who need it most.
These clothes and pet supplies are being distributed to people who have lost their homes, their possessions, even the clothes off their backs in the flooding.
According to Jorge Ortega, President of PetRed and Executive Director of Guildford County Animal Services, and Steven Wray, President and CEO of Restore Global, the assistance is more than just appreciated.
“Thank you GreaterGood.com and GreaterGood.org for your generous provision of critically needed supplies of pet food and clothing to the PedRed/Restore Global Hurricane Florence Response collaboration,” Ortega and Wray wrote. “We are grateful for the opportunity to work together with you and others to improve disaster resilience in the communities affected by this storm. Thanks to GreaterGood, we were able to get much needed pet supplies and clothing to people and their pets in impacted communities. Our willingness to work together demonstrates the practical ways that community organizations can work together with each other, local government and emergency management agencies to improve community-wide disaster resilience.
“It’s been an honor and a privilege to have partnered with GreaterGood in these efforts!”
Thanks to donations from caring supporters around the world, more than $381,960 has been raised by to help people and animals affected by the hurricane. Our nonprofit sister GreaterGood.org’s response teams are using those generous donations to care for and shelter people and animals in peril, giving them the supplies, food, and medicine they so desperately need to recover and thrive.
As shown in the video below, these donations were essential to funding rescue efforts the second Florence hit land.
As flooding continues to impair transportation of important goods and services in and out of the flooded region, the need for help is stronger than ever. Working with Elanco, GreaterGood.org is distributing critically-needed vaccines to hub shelters in North Carolina, while they work diligently to move animals to drier ground.
GGO and partners are assisting hub shelter Greenville County Animal Care with invaluable crates, while Elanco is helping bring two 53-foot trailers to the most affected areas to vaccinate at least 100,000 cats and 150,000 dogs.
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Every animal that comes into these shelters needs to be vaccinated immediately to reduce the risk of communicable diseases. That’s a tough job with millions evacuated, and at least twice as many pets in need of help.
Some people have lost everything to Hurricane Florence, even their lives. With continued financial or in-kind support from people like you, no one else will have to.
Here are some of the materials and grants your donations have been able to help out with so far:
- One full pallet of litter and 100 enrichment toys sent to Fayetteville Animal Protection Society in North Carolina.
- One and a half pallets of litter and 100 enrichment toys shipped to SPCA of Wake County in North Carolina.
- 100 enrichment toys and 16 pallets of dog food sent to Charleston Animal Society in South Carolina.
- 100 enrichment toys sent to Greenville Animal Services in South Carolina.
- 100 enrichment toys shipped to Petred, Inc. in North Carolina.
- ASPCA is receiving 22 pallets of puppy pads and one pallet of litter boxes.
- Half a tractor-trailer full of pet food sent to Brandywine Valley SPCA.
- 250 KONG balls each shipped to Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County and Brandywine Valley SPCA. Both shelters are receiving animals transported from areas affected by the storm.
- Thousands of vaccines sent to Chapman’s Dachshund Rescue in York County, SC, after a fire caused them to lose their shelter building.
- Five pallets of mixed pet products (including leashes, collars, bowls, and more) sent to help hurricane victims in West Virginia and Virginia.
- 15 pallets of human apparel and supplies shipped to Restore Global in Charlotte, NC.
- 22 pallets of pet food sent to Bricko Farm in Augusta, GA, which is a drop off station for animals coming out of North Carolina and South Carolina.
- 28 pallets of pet crates are going to Florence County Emergency Management in South Carolina.
Rescue Bank is proactively contacting partners in North Carolina and South Carolina to offer help, and HALO pet food has donated 20,000 meals on behalf of HSUS, Freekibble, and GreaterGood.org to six receiving shelters transporting animals away from the storm.
Other supplies in transit include:
- One truck of Blue Buffalo pet food going to Louisville, TN, and one Blue Buffalo truck going to Rescue Bank affiliate in Charlotte, NC, for a total of six trucks of pet food sent for disaster response so far.
- Nine full and three partial pallets of Fresh Step litter to be shipped from the Kansas City Rescue Bank affiliate warehouse when needed.
- 3,000 tab bands sent to ASPCA transport and sheltering team in North Carolina. These collars will be critical to identifying animals at temporary shelters.
Four semi trucks of dog and cat food and other supplies have also been shipped for pre-positioning:
- 27 pallets of dog and cat food shipped to Louisville, Tennessee, for pre-positioning to be sent to animal shelters and rescues housing pets displaced by the storm once first responders are allowed into affected areas.
- 20 pallets of dog and cat food and 48 wire crates for pets displaced by the storm shipped to Effingham, South Carolina. The food and crates will go to South Carolina’s Emergency Management Team.
- 750 crates for pets displaced by the storm shipped to the North Carolina State Animal & Agriculture Response Teams for emergency sheltering across the state.
- 200 crates for pets displaced by the storm shipped to Florence County, South Carolina. These crates will go to their emergency shelter and local counties in need.
- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control, SPCA of Wake County, and Greenville Animal Care, SC, were each awarded 500 of each of these vaccinations: rabies (cat and dog), FVRCP, DHLP, and flea and tick and heartworm preventative. These shelters will serve as hubs for veterinary supplies.
- $2,000 grant to Restore Global. Funds will go to rent a forklift so they can more easily distribute supplies to those affected by the storm from their warehouse in Charlotte, NC.
Just look at some of the animals we’ve been able to rescue so far.
See the good your donation will do, and how badly it’s needed, in the video below.
Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.