More than a dozen Red Cross volunteers from northern Ohio are in Florida helping set up shelters.

TOLEDO, Ohio — As officials continue to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Ian in Florida, local volunteers are helping those affected by the storm.

right now American Red Cross 16 volunteers from across northern Ohio are assisting in the relief effort. As they help pick up the pieces of this storm, you can also help those who have lost almost everything.

When officials assess what exactly these victims need, much is based on what they were able to bring with them and what they left behind. An easy way to help is to donate to the American Red Cross, they have one Hurricane Jan Foundation specially configured.

Donating physical items is not always a good idea because you don’t know if they will reach the right people as rescue efforts are still ongoing. Also, when you donate, make sure you check the organizations you’re donating to. The American Red Cross takes the donations they receive to buy necessities and other essential items that people in their shelters need.

“These items that people may have left behind, financial donations allow us to quickly replace these items and get these people started on the road to recovery,” said Christy Peters of the American Red Cross.

Another way to help is this blood donation. While the Red Cross has prepared for this hurricane in advance, when it comes to a reliable blood supply in Florida, they continue to encourage those who can to donate.

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