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 give.org or charitynavigator.org 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:
- American Red Cross
- Church World Service
- Convoy of Hope
- Direct Relief
- Food Bank of Corpus Christi
- GlobalGiving Foundation
- Houston Food Bank
- Houston Humane Society
- Humane Society of the United States
- International Relief Teams
- Islamic Relief USA
- MAP International
- Operation USA
- Salvation Army
- San Antonio Humane Society
- Save the Children
- United Methodist Committee on Relief
- United Way of Greater Houston
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