How to help those affected by Florence

Disaster Relief Starts With Us—Here Are 10 Ways To Give Back In Light Of Hurricane Florence

You have the potential to make a difference, no matter where you are.

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Even days after Hurricane Florence battered the North and South Carolina coast, the worst of the flooding still remains. Power lines are down, people are without clean water, homes have been destroyed and many are still displaced. If you're like most, seeing the footage come out of the Carolina's is merely devastating. Here are 10 creative ways to help victims of Hurricane Florence across the east coast.

1. Donate to the American Red Cross.

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The American Red Cross is known to be one of the most reliable disaster relief agencies. Less than 24 hours after Florence made landfall, The Red Cross agreed to match all donations, up to one million dollars. What better way to make your donation count than to double your power?

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2. Donate to a diaper bank. 

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The Diaper Bank of North Carolina is in dire need of donations of sanitary supplies and diapers. Many families with young children have been forced from their home and therefore are lacking basic supplies for their already vulnerable young children. Making a donation even this small can take a large amount of stress of a young family.

Donate to the Diaper Bank of NC here!

3. Drop off supplies at an N.C. or S.C. police station. 

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Countless police and fire stations across North and South Carolina are collecting supplies for hurricane victims. South Carolina Law Enforcement tweeted a list of drop-off locations. You can access that here. The post also indicates that they are in need of bottled water, non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items.

4. Donate blood.

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Increased injury alongside countless blood drives has caused a major blood shortage across the Carolina's. Click here to be redirected to the Blood Drive appointment page hosted by the American Red Cross.

5. Sign up to donate your time. 

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The state of North Carolina has created a form for those that want to volunteer their time to clean up and relief efforts. The form allows you to choose where you will be volunteering and places you where you will be able to make the most difference. You can access this form here.

6. Donate clothing and supplies to the salvation army. 

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Since landfall of Hurricane Florence, the Salvation Army has provided 128,107 meals, 109,132 drinks, 52,237 snacks, 89 assigned Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens) and 61 in service, emotional and spiritual care to 9,279 individuals, 396 comfort kits, and 36,822 hours of employee and volunteer service (as of Friday, Sept. 21). Donations to support these efforts can be made here.

7. Donate to "One SC Fund." 

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"One SC fund" is an organization that will donate funding to various non-profits that are making the most difference and have the most need. This program is funded by the state and created by governor Nikki Haley in 2015. Donating to this organization guarantees that your funding goes to local communities. Make a donation to "One SC Fund" here.

8. Support a local animal shelter by fostering animals 

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In the case of damaging storms, oftentimes animals are left without any way out. Shelters all over North and South Carolina are overcrowded and working nonstop to limit storm-related euthanizations. These shelters are looking for families to foster and adopt but also are in need of volunteers and donations. While many shelters are in need of assistance, you can access the Coastal Animal Rescue Website here.

9. Become a health and mental health volunteer. 

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For graduate students or those with degrees in the medical field, volunteering to assist with health and mental health related needs is extremely important. The American Red Cross is asking for those that qualify to help as quickly as possible. Information on this program and criteria for eligibility can be found here.

10. Volunteer for Samaritan's Purse and Rebuild Homes. 

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While Samaritan's Purse is also looking for donations, they have split their volunteer resources by town. Use this link to sign up to rebuild homes and assist those affected.

One border, two hearts, three shared professional sports teams. The most famous of artists have been singing about the Carolina's for years, world-renowned movies have personified the Carolinas as one of the most beautiful places in the world, some of our nation's most famous were born within Carolina's borders.

Hurricane Florence was the first major storm to hit the Carolina's in years and it's going to be a quite a while before North and South Carolina are back to normal. If you were fortunate enough to walk away from this storm unscathed, make an effort to make a difference. This is our home.

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A list Of 15 Inspiring Words That Mean So Much

A single word can mean a lot.
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Positivity is so important in life. A lot of times we always go to quotes for empowerment but I have realized that just one word can be just as powerful. Here is a list of inspiring words.

1. Worthy

Realizing your self-worth is important. Self-worth can really make or break a persons personality. Always know that you are worthy of respect. And also, never compare yourself to others.

2. Courage

Be courageous in life. Life has so many opportunities so do not be scared to grasp any opportunity that comes your way. You have the ability to do anything you have your heart and mind set to do, even the things that frighten you.

3. Enough

When you are feeling down and feeling that nothing you do is ever good enough, know that you are more than enough. And yes there is always room for improvement but when it comes to my self-worth I always have to remind myself that I am enough.

4. Blessed

Be thankful. A lot of times we forget how blessed we are. We focus so much on stress and the bad things that are going on in our lives that we tend to forget all of the beautiful things we have in life.

5. Focus

Focus on your goals, focus on positive things, and focus on the ones you love. Do not focus on things that will keep you from not reaching your goals and people that do not have good intentions for your life.

6. Laugh

Laughing is one of the best forms of medicine. Life is truly better with laughter.

7. Warrior

Through the good and the bad you are a warrior. Be strong, soldier.

8. Seek

Seek new things. Allow yourself to grow in life. Do not just be stuck.

9. Faith

During the bad times, no matter the circumstances, have faith that everything will be all right.

10. Live

Start living because life is honestly way too short. Live life the way you want to live. Do not let anyone try to control you.

11. Enjoy

Enjoy everything that life has to offer. Enjoy even the littlest of things because, as I said before, life is short. And plus, there is no time to live life with regrets.

12. Believe

Believe in yourself and never stop. Believing in yourself brings so many blessings and opportunities in your life.

13. Serendipity

A lot of times we look for things to fill an empty void that we have. Usually what we are looking for comes when we are not looking at all. Your serendipity will come.

14. Create

Share your ideas with the world. Creativity brings change to your life. However you chose to use your creativity do not be scared to show your intelligence, talent, and passion.

15. Love

The world is already full of so much hate, so love unconditionally with all your heart.

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Internet outraged at Delhi Aunty for Sl*t Shaming

Public outrage - justified or an overreaction?

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When the topic of sexual violence against women arises, women are often held responsible - because of how they dress, or how they behave, or even if they have a voice. A recent incident in Delhi showed that the mindset of people has not changed. In a video posted by Shivani Gupta, a middle-aged woman is seen defending her claim, "Women wearing short dresses deserve to be raped."

This backward mentality surrounding rape and rape culture is horrifying to see. The middle-aged woman first shamed them for wearing short clothes and when she was confronted, she told them "they deserved to get raped." She made things worse when she told other men in the restaurant to rape such women who wear short clothes.

Shivani and her friends later confronted this woman while taking the video. They wanted a public apology for her statement and followed her around. The older woman stood by her statement. Fair enough. They felt threatened by her statements and wanted an apology for her actions. The older lady, however, was brazen about her ideologies and refused to apologize. In fact, she threatened to call the cops for harassment.

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While the anger and outrage by the women who uploaded this video are justified, several questions are being raised on whether the older woman was later harassed for her statements. Public shaming is not the way to solve this issue.

"We cannot dismantle a culture of shaming by participating in it." - Rega Jha.

Now, I believe that nobody must engage in victim shaming. Nobody has the right to police the outfit one wishes to wear. It is astonishing to believe that even in the 21st century, people still believe that an outfit determines the morality and character of a person. That older woman was wrong to sl*t-shame the girls for wearing what they want. That being said, even though what that woman did was horrible, public shaming will not work. It will not change the mindset behind these ideologies. What that older woman did was akin to bullying. Publicly shaming her, stalking her facebook account or posting comments or by coercing her, you are also behaving in the same manner of bullying.

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