On August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 storm in Port Aransas, Texas. The storm was devastating for families living on the Texas coast, dumping nearly 50 inches of rain in some parts of the state. As the water rose, over 30,000 individuals were displaced. Many of them now living in shelters or with family members. Even before Harvey hit land, Clean the World began preparations to build and distribute hygiene kits to those individuals in need. The biggest concern, especially with flooding, is the spread of life-threatening diseases that can easily be prevented through proper hygiene. These hygiene kits provide necessities such as soap, body wash, toothbrush, and toothpaste, all items required to stay healthy and clean. Over 500 volunteers came through our doors in Orlando and Vegas to help us prepare 60,000 hygiene kits, and we continue to work with various partners to distribute these to families in Houston and surrounding areas.
On September 10, 2017, we witnessed another devastating blow as Hurricane Irma brought overwhelming damage to the Caribbean Islands and the United States. According to the National Hurricane Center, Irma was the strongest Atlantic basin hurricane ever recorded. With maximum sustained winds of 185 miles per hour, this category 5 storm left millions without power, caused massive flooding, and destroyed homes in the Caribbean including the British Virgin Islands before hitting Florida’s coast as a category 4. Although we are still determining needs, Clean the World is prepared to respond both domestically and internationally to ensure that all those affected will have access to hygiene items as quickly as possible.
We are already communicating with our network of partners throughout the Caribbean and will send critical shipments of soap to the hardest hit areas. Clean the World has a long history of responding to hurricanes in this area and a well-established network that allows us to get items on the ground quickly. On the domestic side, Clean the World is preparing to build and distribute 75,000 hygiene kits to families impacted by the storm in Florida and the East Coast.
We are extremely grateful for the amazing volunteers, partners, and sponsors that have generously donated their time and money to these efforts. We can’t do it alone – please donate to help us get life-saving hygiene supplies to those who need it the most. We also need your time. If you are in the Orlando or Las Vegas area, please consider volunteering to help us with disaster relief.