Sandra Bullock donates Dollars 1 mn to Hurricane Harvey victims

Toni Houston
September 1, 2017

Several other organizations in the Chicago area and nationwide are accepting donations to help with the relief efforts. Fundraising services like the GoFundMe campaigns established to help Harvey victims pose the same risks if they are not tied to established organizations.

Research the charity before you donate.

"While Cheniere has been lucky to avoid any major impacts from Harvey, many in our communities have a long road ahead to assess the damage and recover from this storm", CEO Jack Fusco said. If you want to give online, go directly to a charity's website. After Superstorm Sandy in 2012, for example, reports cited relief agencies not knowing what to do with the piles of clothing and other unsolicited items pouring in. Fresno County residents can donate new, unopened goods that include underwear, socks, warmups for adults and children, toiletries, hygiene products, baby items such as formula, wipes, bottles, diapers and Graco Pack 'n Plays for babies to sleep in. 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. While most new organizations are led by people moved to make a difference, some are opportunists committing fraud, like the founders of the Hurricane Sandy Relief Foundation.

All donations are tax deductible.

Chang: Through donations, how much of every dollar goes to relief? Better yet, set up a recurring monthly donation to support your chosen charity over time.

According to Combs' social media posts, he was sent to Houston but has stayed in Dallas as flooded roads made it hard for volunteers to get in or out of Houston, the nation's fourth largest city.

"These donations are paramount to us being able to provide those lifesaving needs to the Houston community".

Chang: You don't know what portion of that total amount is for relief.

- Don't give out personal financial information - such as Social Security numbers or credit card and bank account numbers and passwords - to anyone who solicits a contribution.

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