Published: Wed, August 30, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Chris Brown Answers The Call; Pledges $100000 to Harvey Victims

Chris Brown Answers The Call; Pledges $100000 to Harvey Victims

As rain continues to fall over the Texas Coastal Bend, many are reaching out to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey, but there are people looking to take advantage of the kindhearted donators. If you're dealing with a paid fundraiser, ask for the name of the charity they represent, the percentage of your donation that will go to that charity, how much will go to the actual cause to which you're donating and how much will go to the fundraiser.

Research the charity before you donate. "It's a nationwide situation that we face this summer", said Anthony Tinin, with the local American Red Cross blood donation center.

Of course, average citizens like you and me can hardly afford such large amounts, but every little bit helps. McGovern said the organization will be able to confirm if a charity is legitimate.

The United Way also has a way to text a donation: Text 41444 to UWFLOOD to donate to the United Way Flood Relief Fund.

"It's extremely hard to have to watch the events of Hurricane Harvey unfold on TV and not be able to get back to Houston to help with the recovery efforts". People can donate by going to redcross.org, or by calling 1-800-733-2767 (1-800-RED CROSS). For security and tax record purposes, contribute by check or credit card or another way that provides documentation of the donation.

The SPCA is putting out a call for homes to take in lost pets from the storm at SPCA.org. Charity Navigator helps identify reputable charities and has a list of organizations that are wanting to help out after Hurricane Harvey. GoFundMe has sent up an entire Hurricane Harvey section, but here you need to use caution.

There are so many different ways to get involved.

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). You can also verify charities by checking to see if they're registered in your state through the National Association of State Charity Officials. The office offered the following tips on avoiding fake charities and other donation-related scams.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA says that the most effective way to support disaster survivors in their recovery is to donate money and time to trusted, reputable, voluntary or charitable organizations.

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