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01 September 2017, 02:09 | Rex Hubbard
Don't fall for Hurricane Harvey charity scams
"We all want to step up to the plate to do everything we can to help out our brothers and sisters and families in need", the action hero said in an Instagram video. These donations can even do more harm than good when they interfere with disaster response efforts.
At least 11 people have died in Texas as a result of the flooding.
"It's been a tragic weekend, and unfortunately, the worst is yet to come", says Brad Kieserman, vice president of Disaster Services and Logistics for the Red Cross. "Giving back to our communities and helping those most in need is a hallmark of the PJM culture of caring".
Bullock has long worked with the Red Cross and owns a home in Austin, Texas.
You can visit sites such as give.org or charitynavigator.org to verify the trustworthiness of a charity. And for the Red Cross, the real efforts are just beginning, as they are now working to provide shelter and supplies for thousands of people uprooted by the disaster.
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GuideStar'swebsite has a database that lets you vet charities. That was the case with the Windows of Hope Family Relief Fund, an organization I advised after 9/11. She gave the same amount to the organization in 2004 after a tsunami in Indonesia and again in 2005, following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
In addition to its $1 million direct contribution, Jefferies clients helped to generate more than $3.2 million in donations from net trading commissions on Wednesday, while the firm's 3,324 employees totaled another $800,000.
It doesn't mean there will never be a time or place for such donations - check with relief agencies as time passes. As the BBB points out, all charities have administrative costs. However, Charity Navigator suggests that instead of boxing up and sending your gently used clothing, you should hold a garage sale and send the proceeds to a group that can help more directly.
If getting your money to Houston or another community fast is your top concern, make online donations with a credit card or a debit card. Credit card companies also usually collect transaction fees.
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