A 6.2-magnitude earthquake that hit central Italy on Wednesday has left at least 241 people dead and demolished several small towns in the region. As the Italian government navigates recovery operations in the areas destroyed by the earthquake, here’s how you can help out:
Several blood donation centers have been set up throughout Rome, and if you are eligible to give blood, here are the locations where you can donate.
For those not currently in Italy, several disaster relief funds are accepting contributions, including the daily Italian newspaper La Stampa‘s emergency fund.
The Save the Children organization is working with Italian Civil Protection from the Lazio Region to set up a response team in Amatrice, a town gravely affected by the earthquake, to establish safe spaces for children. You can donate to the organization here.
The Italian Red Cross is also accepting donations to support those affected by the earthquake. Donate here, or, if you prefer to donate in English, you can give through a fund established by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Eat Italian Food
Italian restaurants around the world are rallying to make donations for every plate sold of a dish called “Pasta Amatriciana,” a pasta from Amatrice. Restaurants across Italy have agreed to donate 2 euros for every dish served, and restaurants in other countries are also donating.