The BBB recommends you do your research before you donate to avoid scams

Posted at 5:22 AM, Aug 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-29 06:35:28-04

With tens of thousands of people impacted by the tropical storm Harvey, experts say the recovery will be hugely expensive. Naturally, many are compelled to help those in need.

Some organizations, like the Red Cross, suggest the best way to give is by giving money, instead of food or clothing, because it'll be the quickest way to help those in need.

The Better Business Bureau is advising you to do a bit of research before you donate to an organization in order to avoid scammers. It reports already seeing crowdfunding appeals that don't look legitimate.

The BBB suggests several tips such as seeing if the charity has an on-the-ground presence in the impacted areas, finding out of the charity is providing direct aid or raising money for other groups, understanding crowdfunding sites, and understanding that the need might be long-term.

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

Some of the worthy charities that are raising funds for Harvey relief assistance, according to the BBB and Charity Navigator, include:

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