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After the storms

How to help victims of the fall hurricanes in Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida

Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey left trails of destruction in their midst, with damage and heartbreak sprawled from Houston to San Juan. In the aftermath of that destruction, Buckeyes have come together to help neighbors and strangers alike.

Brian E. Hall ’82 and wife, Angie Hall, of the Athens County Alumni Club, organized a trip to Houston in early September. Thanks to their coordination with the Athens, Ohio, community, they filled two commercial trucks with supplies such as water, nonperishable food and personal hygiene items. The Alumni Club of Houston didn’t miss a beat after Harvey barreled through their region. Members were quick to organize a series of drives at local hangouts to collect food and funds for neighbors in need.

The Puerto Rican Student Association at Ohio State organized a fundraising and supply drive in early October for the battered island. More than 100 people gathered at the Ohio Union to make donations, drop off supplies and show support for the U.S. commonwealth as well as current students from Puerto Rico still awaiting word from their friends and family.

And Buck-I-SERV — which gives students service opportunities during breaks in the academic calendar — is making its eighth annual trip in December to Immokalee, Florida, to help the migrant farming community, whose members are struggling to connect with stable housing and a reliable food supply.

Soon after Harvey and Irma struck, a staff member in the College of Engineering's Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering shared a list of charities to which people could contribute and lend a hand to hurricane victims all the way from Columbus. We thought that list was worth sharing — and using.

American Red Cross

Blood donations are needed. Just plug in your ZIP code to find a blood drive near you.

Donors Choose

Public school teachers post requests for funding for all manners of projects here. Support a hurricane-affected school district by typing in “hurricane” into the topic search field and entering a city name (Houston, Austin, San Juan, etc.) into the location search field.

Shelter Box

These kits provide temporary shelter to families displaced by natural disaster, war and other crises. The organization has deployed boxes to hurricane-affected areas in the Caribbean, as well as to Bangladesh (Rohingya refugees), Syria and Iraq (war) and Somalia (drought).

Feeding America

Donate to a food bank in a hurricane-affected area.

Global Giving

Crowdfunding campaigns raise money for diapers for babies and feminine hygiene products for women in hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico as well as disaster-affected areas the world over.


This disaster response-and-recovery organization has so far provided $9.7 million in medicine, supplies and money to Harvey-affected communities. One of the first response teams on the ground in Puerto Rico, meanwhile, hand-carried medical supplies and antibiotics, some of which were delivered to a children’s hospital.