Hurricane Matthew, the deadly storm that made its way through the Caribbean last week before reaching the U.S. East Coast, has left nothing but death and devastation in its wake. In Haiti alone, well over 800 people were reported dead after the category 4 hurricane struck, prompting President Obama to declare a federal state of emergency. On Saturday, Matthew made landfall in South Carolina, where it caused severe flooding, albeit being downgraded to category 1. On Sunday morning, the storm was downgraded to a tropical cyclone, after it pulled away from North Carolina, which saw close to 900 flood rescues. Recovery will take months.
As always, the best way you can help the affected areas is by monetary donation, which is the most flexible resource organizations can ask for. Here are several ways you can make immediate monetary donations to hurricane relief:
St. Boniface Haiti Foundation: SBHF operates a full-service hospital in southern Haiti. They are on the ground and have rapid response teams standing by to treat the injured and sick. Donate here.
Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders): MSF currently has 26 staff members deployed in assessment teams in Haiti. More teams are currently en route. To help MSF treat patients for cholera and other ailments, click here.