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Geoff Rutland (L), a local volunteer from Crossing Jordan Church, helps other residents get ice from a vending machine in Tampa, Florida, on September 10, 2017, where residents are fleeing the evacuation zones ahead of Hurricane Irma's landfall. Hurricane Irma regained strength to a Category 4 storm early Sunday as it began pummeling Florida and threatening landfall within hours. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

Though downgraded to a tropical storm Monday, Irma is continuing to hammer much of Florida with fierce winds and flooding as it forges a path of destruction that has left millions stranded and without power.

If you'd like to help the countless people affected by the massive storm, here are a few ways:

Unicef, which is focusing on the well-being of children affected by the storm, is accepting donations. To donate to Unicef, visit Unicefusa.org.

Airbnb is looking for hosts to open their homes to those displaced by Irma. To learn more about its disaster program, visit Airbnb.com.

The American Red Cross is providing shelters, sending food and other supplies and resources to the disaster areas. Donations can be made online or by texting "IRMA" to 90999. To also learn how to become a volunteer, visit Redcross.org.

The Salvation Army, a faith-based charity, is providing food, water and other supplies to regions impacted by Irma. To donate, visit the group's website at SalvationArmyUSA.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

Many groups are accepting donations to ensure that animals are kept safe throughout the storm.

People can donate through the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Best Friends Animal Society and the South Florida Wildlife Center.

To ensure you are giving to a legitimate charity, you can visit sites like Charity Navigator, Charity Watch and the Better Business Bureau, which will tell you whether the group or charity has been rated or accredited.

Spencer Kent may be reached at skent@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @SpencerMKent. Find the Find NJ.com on Facebook.