Helping in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey

Helping in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey”

However, these donations require transportation and are not the most efficient way to help people in need. If you're considering donating to individual campaigns through a crowdfunding platform such as GoFundMe or YouCaring, keep in mind that it's hard to tell whether an appeal is legitimate and whether your donations will be used for the stated goal.

Your donations should go to established organizations that are prepared for large-scale disasters.

Direct Relief USA is a humanitarian aid nonprofit organization that operates the largest charitable medicine program in the country. They have the infrastructure, expertise and people with experience.

The Better Business Bureau, meantime, urges you to be careful of unsolicited phone calls, emails, or Facebook requests for help (even if it is a post shared by one of your Facebook friends). Do not give personal or financial information to anyone who solicits contributions. You can also see if a charity or fundraiser is registered in your state via the National Association of State Charity Officials. "I have friends and family there and I'm nearly certain my house down there may have to be torn down as it was in one of the areas that was hardest hit by winds and flooding", Young wrote in a statement.

Your generosity in donating with PayPal made a profound difference when Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti, when Ecuador and Nepal were devastated by earthquakes, when Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, after Superstorm Sandy, and in the wake of many other bad natural catastrophes.

Giving is good. But giving to a good charity that knows how to get the help to victims quickly is better still.

Give a monetary donation, not supplies. This trait often indicates a quickly produced web browser a con-artist would use to make their fake charity seem real.

To help prevent donators from being ripped off in the wake of Harvey, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission this week issued a reminder to do research before donating.

To help right now, you can donate to some already checked-out charities listed below. To donate $10 to the Red Cross via text, send a text message saying "REDCROSS" to the number 90999.

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This is an occasional column submitted by Bucks County Consumer Protection.

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