WKYT to hold 'Kentucky Cares' relief drive for Hurricane Florence victims

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McNamara said while he encouraged people to donate items to other organizations, the Red Cross would not take donated items to areas in need because of the difficulty in collecting, sorting, and transporting items.

Numerous local volunteers now in the disaster zone, have experience in other recent disasters, including Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

All locations of the country's largest grocery chain in the Mid-Atlantic are turning their focus to victims of Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas.

"We are prepared and are projected to serve as many as 100,000 people", said Robertson.

You can also donate to relief efforts by texting "Red Cross" to 90-999. "We learn from every disaster".

More than 1,500 disaster workers from around the country - including more than four dozen from northwest OH - are in route to the region to help.

The volunteers loaded up a vehicle with water and snacks to distribute. More than 890,000 homes were without electricity - majority in North Carolina. These supplies are often forgotten as residents evacuate but are crucial for providing basic hygiene care.

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You can make a monetary donation at ncdiaperbank.networkforgood.com. These supplies include cribsm wipes, toys and more, which are delivered to shelters.

Donations to the state of North Carolina. That phone bank is now closed, but donations are still being accepted online.

Here's the link to volunteer in SC.

Here's how to help those impacted by the storm. Platelet and type O blood donations are especially needed right now. Those interested can visit their website to make an appointment.

Appointments can be made by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Robertson is with the Northwest Region of the American Red Cross.