NORTH CAROLINA – Hurricane Matthew paved a path of destruction through the Caribbean and southeastern United States.

The death toll from the hurricane in Haiti has risen to almost 900 people. Some towns were partially destroyed.

Now aid organizations are working to help residents affected by the storm.

If you want to donate, the Better Business Bureau has some tips to help you make sure your money is put to good use.

The BBB recommends looking for charities with an on-the-ground presence in impacted areas. This will ensure aid workers can provide help quickly and efficiently.

It also suggests donating to charities that provide direct aid rather than organizations raising money for other groups.

If you donate food or clothing, the BBB says to make sure charities have the staff and infrastructure to distribute this aid properly.

You can also consider donating blood or volunteering to help collect or organize donations.

Salvation Army, UNICEF USA, Samaritan’s Purse and International Medical Corps all have teams providing relief in Haiti.

Americares, Save the Children, and the American Red Cross are providing aid within the U.S.

Feed the Hunger, an NC group based out of Graham, is sending thousands of meals to Haiti and cities throughout the southeastern U.S. that were impacted by the hurricane. You can help by donating money or volunteering your time to help pack food for shipment.

The organization will hold “packing parties” in Burlington and Greensboro on October 22. CLICK HERE For more information.