Hurricane Ida has affected the lives of countless victims, causing severe damage to several states. The hurricane has displaced thousands of people from their homes and has left many others without electricity, food or other basic necessities.

Though hurricanes could be considered a common occurrence, Hurricane Ida has proven to be a true force of nature. On the sixteenth anniversary of when Hurricane Katrina first made landfall in Louisiana, August 29th, 2021, Hurricane Ida began causing mass amounts of damage throughout the Southern United States.

It can be easy for students to feel overwhelmed by all of this news, especially when considering how to possibly help. The options to help the victims of Hurricane Ida are plentiful, but all of these ways to help can be confusing if you do not know where to start.

If you find yourself able to, donating money to a charity focusing on disaster relief can be an excellent way to help the victims of Hurricane Ida. Donating is a quick and easy way that students can help people while maintaining their busy schedules.

While there are many wonderful national charities you could donate to, including The Salvation Army and The American Red Cross Association, there are also some local options that Springfield students should consider helping.

Convoy of Hope is a local charity located at 330 S. Patterson Ave. in Springfield. You can donate directly to their disaster relief services online through their disaster relief donation page. However, if you are unable to donate for any reason, there are many other ways you can help Convoy of Hope assist those affected by Hurricane Ida.

Another way that students can help Convoy of Hope is by making care packages. Convoy of Hope accepts kits anyone can build to donate to those affected by disasters such as Hurricane Ida. 

There are many types of kits you could make, including personal hygiene kits, baby care kits, clean-up kits and family hygiene kits. Once you have chosen the type of kit you or your group would like to make, you can register online to make your kits.

Another way Springfield students can help disaster relief locally is by donating blood or plasma. This is a free, easy way of helping those in need, and some organizations, such as BioLife Plasma Services, will even compensate you for your time.

Of course, not everyone will be able to help the victims of Hurricane Ida at this time. If this is the case for you, there is no reason to be ashamed. There will always be people in need, and perhaps you can keep these methods in mind for the future.

Donating to people in need can form bonds that will last a lifetime. We only get so many chances to help others and make a difference, so why not start today? 

The time for action is now. Whether you choose to donate your money, time, or anything else, helping the victims of Hurricane Ida as a student is entirely possible.

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