Like many people sitting at home watching the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, you may be looking for ways in which you could help those who have lost so much overcome this historic flooding and destruction.
Unfortunately, there are those who take advantage of situations like this and try to profit off of the chaos of disaster and the charitable giving it inspires from others.
Bogus charities and fundraising campaigns may pop up online, and even the most well meaning of fundraising campaigns could hinder the work of trained disaster relief organizers.
Donors need to be aware of what to look for in a charity so their generosity is being used for it’s intended purposes and they are not getting caught up in a scam.
For those feeling led to donate, we wanted to share with you a list that the Better Business Bureau and Charity Navigator have compiled of reputable charities to donate to in this time of great need:
•The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center is reporting a critical shortage and has extended hours at it’s San Antonio area donor rooms. To donate please visit their website or call 210-731-5590 for more information.
•Carter BloodCare covers hospitals in North, Central and East Texas. To find out how to donate you can visit the website or you can call 1-877-571-1000 or text DONATELIFE to 444-999
•The Texas Diaper Bank in San Antonio is asking for donations of diapers and baby wipes. They can either be dropped off in person, or they can be mailed to 5415 Bandera Road Suite 504, San Antonio TX 78238
•The United Way of Greater Houston is assisting with immediate needs as well as looking at the long term. Visit the website to see how you can help.
For the Animals:
•Houston Humane Society, San Antonio Humane Society and the Houston SPCA have all teamed up to accept donations on their websites. The Houston SPCA has a hotline set up for animals in danger or needing rescue. That number is 713-861-3010.
•The American Red Cross is accepting online donations OR you can text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10.
•AmeriCares gets medicines and supplies to disaster survivors.
•Direct Relief is shipping needed medicines and medical supplies to Houston
•The Salvation Army is accepting online donations as well as donations over the phone at 1-800-725-2769 or by texting the word STORM to 51555
•Save the Children is gathering baby supplies for those in need. They are also trying to setup kid friendly area in temporary shelters.
If you do not have the means to donate anything now, keep in mind that this will be a long clean up and recovery and Texas will continue to need our help in the weeks and months from now.
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