Hurricane Matthew brings havoc to the Americas

We at The Pacer would like to send our condolences to the victims and their families affected by Hurricane Matthew.

Within the past week Hurricane Matthew has taken approximately 1,027 lives in the Caribbean and the southern United States with 1,000 being from Haiti, according to NBC News. It also left a terrible trail of destruction behind, tearing through at least 800,000 homes and businesses.

Many people from the area are now dealing with the hurricane’s repercussions. If their house was destroyed, to get back anything inside they must come up with a contents list, and that’s only for those who have insurance. Important documents from passports to birth certificates have to be recovered somehow, all while they are trying to repair the rest of their lives. However, the worst part must be hearing about the death of loved ones caused by the wrath of Hurricane Matthew.

As horrible as this is, some victims have developed a sense of community and unity with people who’s lives have also been forever changed by Hurricane Matthew. Members of the communities who weren’t as harshly affected have been reaching out to those in need by offering food and shelter to victims. But, in circumstances as dire as these, the victims of these hurricanes need the help of everyone available.

To contribute and help the victims of Hurricane Matthew, you can contact the following organizations:

American Red Cross: call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word MATTHEW to 90999

International Red Cross: visit www.ifrc.com

Salvation Army: call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or text STORM to 51555

UNICEF: visit www.unicefusa.org/donate/support-hurricane-matthew-relief-efforts/30966

Hope for Haiti: visit www.hopeforhaiti.com

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