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Inspiring Examples of Disaster Relief Efforts by Businesses

Inspiring Examples of Disaster Relief Efforts by Businesses
Hurricane waters / Credit: Eric V Overton/Shuttersock

When hurricanes Irma and Harvey hit Texas, Florida, and Georgia, it displaced families, destroyed homes and left behind billions in damages. While a single small business can't help everyone affected by the natural disasters, many small businesses are pitching in to do their part.

From free hair products to business spaces, these six business are donating products, services or time to people affected by the hurricanes.

Arbonne is supplying residents and aid workers with the company's vegan protein products. The skincare company has a base of roughly 250,000 independent consultants, and a high concentration of consultants living in Texas and Florida. The company is also replenishing inventories for consultants who lost their stock during the hurricanes.

Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale opened his two Houston-based furniture stores to help people who were evacuating for Hurricane Harvey. After the storm hit, he gathered volunteers and used his trucks to rescue people in flooded areas. According to USA Today, there were more than 400 people and pets who took refuge in his furniture stores.

It's a 10 Haircare, based in Coral Springs, Florida, gave away more than 80,000 products to people who signed up for its Miss America Campaign. While her own family was fleeing South Florida, CEO Carolyn Aronson wanted to spread the love because of the hurricanes and news of the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival) repeal. She decided to give away It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Spray. Aronson kept the entry open long past the airing of the Miss America competition so those affected by the hurricanes had the chance to sign up. 

Madame Paulette specializes in restoring personal property, garments, interior textiles, home furnishings and fine art. The company is offering free shipping, and free on-site evaluation and consultation help to people affected by the hurricanes. The company will also be available 24 hours a day to help. Offsite evaluations are also available with the use of digital photos.

Technology platform Pledgeling has launched an online toolkit that's designed to give companies of all sizes a way to quickly set up a donation page. The company has multiple products, such as text-to-donate services, that allow companies help other businesses affected by natural disasters. Pledgeling has partnerships with relief organizations like the American Red Cross and Austin Pets Alive to make it easy to choose a beneficiary for campaigns.

Regus, the world's largest provider of flexible workplaces, is offering free business lounge access to any organization affected by the storms. Individuals whose businesses were interrupted because of the hurricanes can work from any of Regus' 1,000 locations across the country. The locations offer internet access and a place to charge devices.

Saige Driver

Saige received her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Telecommunications from Ball State University. She is the social media strategist for Business.com and Business News Daily. She also writes reviews and articles about social media. She loves reading and her beagle mix, Millie.

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