How to donate to Hurricane Harvey victims; how to avoid scams

How to donate to Hurricane Harvey victims; how to avoid scams”

Beyonce is pledging to do her part to help her hometown of Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, and the star is in good company.

Unfortunately, scammers set up immediately after such a disaster.

"A lot of people are displaced from their homes, and we are trying to send all the help we can", Madrid said.

Fraud isn't the only issue.

While every dollar donated will, of course, be appreciated, there are other things that the impacted area will need in the weeks and months ahead, including blood. They have the infrastructure, expertise and people with experience. Before clicking to give, research precisely who will receive the donation. But many can help without leaving the state. Again, stay away from links in emails.

Verify whether or not the organization is trustworthy.

Make sure the organization is providing direct aid not raising money for other groups. The Center for International Disaster Information recommends checking with a charity monitoring organization like Give Well, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch or the Better Business Bureau before donating.

The Rock, who was caught in the middle of Hurricane Andrew, posted a message on his Instagram to the people affected by Hurricane Harvey to stay strong and stick together. Following these steps will increase the likelihood that your donation will actually reach people in need in Texas.

Texas Diaper Bank: You can provide monetary donations to the organization by clicking here. Her first deployment started Monday as she's going to Texas to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Floyd also said prayers for the victims of the hurricane are also needed, as communities like Rockport, Texas, have been hit particularly hard.

To ensure you don't donate to a fake relief fund, there are warning signs to look for.

If you do donate on a crowdsource funding platform like GoFundMe, oftentimes personal donations are not tax deductible, unlike the American Red Cross and Salvation Army.

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