Febrero 20, 2018

Here's how you can help the victims of Hurricane Harvey

01 Setiembre 2017, 02:44 | Dolorita Barahona

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Friends and neighbors need help from time to time. We all want to do good.

When disaster hits, it's human nature to want to help.

"You're going to see very rapid action from Congress - certainly from the President", Trump said on Tuesday.

As Texas continues to attempt managing the destruction from Hurricane Harvey, Congress is due to consider an appropriations package that, as is, would rescind almost $876 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Disaster Relief Fund. Groups that have formed roots here are mobilizing through Twitter and Facebook to enable greater giving.

Portlight specializes in providing aid to the elderly and people with disabilities.

No matter where you live, you can help the people impacted by Hurricane Harvey. "While there may be a sense of urgency, we encourage people to carefully consider who exactly they are giving to and making sure they provide relief to those in need", says Director of the Rockford Regional Office of the Better Business Bureau, Dennis Horton.

People donating food, water and shelter to survivors.

GuideStar's website has a database that lets you vet charities. Are they financially healthy, accountable and transparent?

In addition to avoiding scams, donors should remember that the flooding in southeast Texas presents special challenges even to some legitimate charities when it comes to getting the goods and money to those in need. Even a short conversation can ensure your time and money go to where you hope they will. Just maybe take a couple minutes to make sure you're dealing with a sound charity capable of helping out first.

Don't move on too quickly.

Some charities will say when they have raised enough for a particular disaster and use any extra money for their general fund, Palmer says. You can find links to charity websites at Charity Navigator so you can research what they plan to do with the donations they receive.

A number of sports teams, leagues and players-most notably Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt-have donated money, launched fundraisers or both.

But also, be patient and stay engaged.

If you are called to act today, please do so wholeheartedly with those around who are doing the same.

Long-term donation needs might include construction of permanent housing, job placement help, even programs to help communities be better prepared for future disasters - but every event is different, and can produce unexpected funding gaps months or years later. And nearly 300 online GoFundMe campaigns have raised more than a million dollars so far to help individuals and families affected by the storm.

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