2017 was the worst hurricane season since 2005 (and the second most devastating on record overall), taking more than 100 lives, and costing over $200 billion in damages to homes, roads and communities. Disasters of all kinds were widespread: in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and elsewhere in the Caribbean where hurricanes struck; in Northern California where wildfires spread beyond control; in Mexico, which felt the impact of powerful earthquakes; and elsewhere from Sierra Leone to Bangladesh, natural disasters left families and individuals without homes or possessions, including fresh water, clothing, bedding and basic home supplies.
Delivering Good responded swiftly and effectively to each of these emergencies, providing relief and needed supplies to those in distress - long after the first responders had left. Over the course of 2017, we provided more than $32 million worth of new clothing, shoes, bedding, emergency supplies, home goods and gift cards to victims of disasters in regions including Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, Northern California and Mexico. Our work included school supplies and clothing for Hurricane Irma victims in Florida, a marketplace for Puerto Rican evacuees in New York City and multiple pop-up shops for those struck by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas.
2018 was no different. Our efforts were dedicated to helping individuals and families affected rebuild their communities and reinstate a sense of normalcy in their lives. Delivering Good revisited many of the impacted areas during the year to provide additional assistance. Delivering Good's ongoing commitment to disaster response that focuses on rebuilding, ensures our community partners and those impacted that we will always be ready and able to provide a helping hand to those in need.
As we enter 2019, we continue our ongoing efforts in disaster-impacted areas. To learn more about our impact and efforts, take a look at our 2017 Impact Report below.