American Red Cross: How to help

Paul Carden, regional disaster officer of American Red Cross, National Capital region, explains what the organization is doing to help the victims of Hurricane Matthew.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - After Hurricane Matthew caused destruction in Haiti, Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, The American Red Cross has been helping victims to recover.

The Red Cross has sent emergency response vehicles and 35 trailers filled with items like:

  • water
  • ready-to-eat meals
  • shelter and kitchen supplies
  • cleaning supplies  
  • comfort kits
  • insect repellant  
  • gloves
  • masks
  • shovels
  • rakes
  • coolers

The Red Cross is also working with government officials and community partners to make sure people get the help they need.

If you would like to help, you can send a donation by clicking here.

There is an urgent need for blood.

During Hurricane Matthew about 30 Red Cross blood drives in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina were canceled.

If you are living a region unaffected by the storm and you’re eligible to donate blood, you can make an appointment by visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

For more information, click here.

Our sister station in Seattle, KING, is partnering with the Red Cross to raise money for those affected by Hurricane Matthew. 

Your donation enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from these disasters.

If you want to donate, click here. To learn more about their partnership, click here


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