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02 Setiembre 2017, 11:49 | Martinez Canez
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He said scams are going around that may collect money and items that will not go to help those in need in Texas.
As of Tuesday, more than $1 million had been donated. Ask for detailed information about the organization, including name, address, telephone number, licensing information, and percentage of your donation that will go to the charity. Scammers will come up with a name that's very similar or in the URL the name could be one letter off.
She says check their website, www.bbb.org, for tips on how to protect yourself and your pocketbook when it comes to disaster relief. Channel 2 News is teaming up with the Red Cross to collect donations in the west parking lot between 11 A.M. and 7 P.M.
Despite what an organization might claim, charities have fund raising and administrative costs.
Use caution with crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe-do your research to make sure those asking for help are legitimately in need.
"We just wanted to give back, as far as the community is concerned because I know how much they are suffering there", says Laura Seaman.
Hurricane Harvey is an vast disaster, and a huge amount of resources will be necessary to help the citizens of Texas, and the other states affected, to rebuild. Unfortunately, there are some unscrupulous individuals who will seek to personally profit from the generosity of their neighbors.
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From western Massachusetts, Red Cross disaster program manager Mary Nathan said six volunteers will be in place by Wednesday. The Connecticut governor thanked Red Cross volunteers on Friday for their quick response to Hurricane Harvey .
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It doesn't mean there will never be a time or place for such donations - check with relief agencies as time passes. This flood threat is where Harvey and Katrina are similar, but Katrina's floods weren't just because of rainfall.
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