Two from county assist in Florence relief

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"Or they can mail a check to one of the Red Cross offices as well", she said.

The Red Cross Relief Doughnut is a strawberry shortcake donut, made with local strawberries from Hurricane Creek Farms, topped with vanilla icing.

Area residents can also assist in the effort as The Red Cross depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately. For mail in donations, fill out this form and send it to American Red Cross PO Box 37839, Boone, Iowa 50037-0839.

After completing training and a background check, volunteers serve in many capacities. It's happening in a region in need of help and crews from Washington that traveled to the area say they are ready.

"I really am always just moved by the resilience in people", Ayers said.

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Resources and volunteers are now being deployed to help with recovery efforts in the Carolinas. "We've been doing this for years and we learned a lot of lessons from last year's hurricane season and they're coming to fruition in this disaster".

"When you get into a natural disaster, it's organized chaos".

To make monetary donations to the Samaritan's Purse, visit their website.

"It's somewhat self-fulfilling going out and helping people who are in great need". Help people affected by Hurricane Florence by visiting redcross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word FLORENCE to 90999 to make a $10 donation. The campaign is being managed by The Direct Impact Fund, which collects and distributes funds to verified campaigns and aid groups created to help those affected. Platelet and type O positive blood donations are critically needed right now. More than 140 blood drives had to be canceled because of the storm.

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