New Zealand has seen its fair share of natural disasters and national catastrophes. Fortunately, locals have the heart to help each other out when disaster strikes. You could be one of those kind-hearted Kiwis, having had your fair share of experience or witnessing how it devastates the lives of others.
You can do your part in extending a hand to disaster-stricken areas in many different ways. According to Hostservice, a container kitchen helps during disaster relief. On the other hand, you can give out clothes you don’t use anymore or simply donate money to organisations like the New Zealand Red Cross, which are dedicated to helping out people affected by calamities.
Here’s a breakdown of some simple acts of charity you can do during natural disasters.
Organise a Food Drive
One of the simplest ways to reach out during a natural disaster is by providing food. This goes a long way because when a person needs comfort, food is one of the most common sources of it. You can hire a transportable kitchen and station it near evacuation centres. You may also gather some people you know and work together to provide food for disaster victims.
Give Out Clothes and Other Items
People affected by calamities often end up with their belongings destroyed or swept away. If you have ever experienced a flood or a tornado, you would know how devastating it is to lose your things. You can help out during a natural disaster by donating clothes you don’t use to people who have lost theirs. Alternatively, you can pack kits of basic necessities and hand them out to calamity-affected locals.
While the government does its fair share in assisting New Zealanders before, during and after natural disasters, both on the field and through the Web, you may also help out even when you cannot afford to physically be there for disaster-stricken communities. This is by donating money to organisations specifically for humanitarian aid.
It feels warm and satisfying to have helped someone during their time of distress and when they need comfort the most.