Where to donate to help victims of Hurricane Harvey

01 September, 2017, 02:07 | Author: Clint Gray
  • Beverly Hamilton founded Austin Diaper Bank in 2013. LAURA SKELDING  AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2014

"Immediately, over the weekend, we had a tremendous outreach from IICF board members, volunteers and supporters asking how they can help those in Houston and along the Texas coast", said Bill Ross, CEO, IICF. These donations can even do more harm than good when they interfere with disaster response efforts. Preliminary estimates indicate that at least 17,000 people sought refuge in more than 45 shelters across Texas Monday night. The area could get as much as 50 inches of rain before Harvey leaves the region.

The Texas Diaper Bank, for example, says diapers (whether for babies or adults) are not provided by disaster relief agencies. "Giving back to our communities and helping those most in need is a hallmark of the PJM culture of caring. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster".

You can visit sites such as give.org or charitynavigator.org to verify the trustworthiness of a charity.

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GuideStar's website has a database that lets you vet charities.

Meanwhile, Beyoncé is working with her local pastor to extend help. On Friday, September 1st, all five Cox Media Group radio stations will join FOX23, My41 and Cox Communications to collect cash donations and aid in relief efforts. I wish I could answer your question, but it's not something I have visibility on in the role that I play in this organization. Fundraising services like the GoFundMe campaigns established to help Harvey victims pose the same risks if they are not tied to established organizations.

Disaster Aid USA is a "global emergency relief" organization whose website's main focus is now hurricane-related news. The amount of each tax deductible donation will appear on the customer's receipt as a contribution to the American Red Cross.

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But gifts to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, which the city of Houston has already established, are.

Avoid charities or fundraisers that refuse to provide detailed information about their identity, mission, costs, or how your donation will be used.

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