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3rd Kind Customz
14522 Auto Park Way C
HoustonTX 77083
 (281) 495-1352

How to Help the Victims of Hurricane Harvey

How to Help the Victims of Hurricane Harvey

In the weeks following Hurricane Harvey, many individuals have sought to assist with the relief efforts but have been turned away. This isn't because volunteers are unneeded, but rather because they represent their own set of liability and risks. Local police and rescuers don't want these volunteers to be put in harm's way as well, which would expend additional city resources. Rather than helping personally, volunteers are being encouraged to donate their money and their resources instead. This puts the actual recovery efforts into the hands of professionals who can avoid the worst of danger and also prevents an influx of individuals into the area who could be in danger themselves. 

Who Should You Donate to During Hurricane Harvey?

Following Hurricane Harvey, there have been many opportunities to donate. But not all of these opportunities are legitimate; some of them are scams, and some of them may not be putting all of the money towards a useful cause. If you're interested in donating, you have a few options:

Donating blood. Not only can you make a monetary donation, but you can also donate your blood. With many people injured throughout Texas and Florida, blood supply is in high demand. National organizations needing monetary donations include the following: American Red Cross, All Hands Volunteers, and AmeriCares.

Donating to an individual charity. There are many small charities throughout the impacted area that are struggling to provide help, such as animal shelters that needed to evacuate and senior care homes that had to take in additional senior citizens. When donating to an individual charity, your money is more likely to make a measurable difference and go directly towards helping. But at the same time, you also increase your risk that you could fall for a scam, and it's important to make sure that you verify that the charity is real by researching the organization. Charity Navigator is a good place to find the information you need. Local relief efforts include The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, the Houston Food Bank, the Houston Humane Society, and Prodigal Son House.

Charity Navigator is a good place to find the information you need. Local relief efforts include The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, the Houston Food Bank, the Houston Humane Society, and Prodigal Son House.

Donating to individuals. After Harvey, social media lit up with requests from individuals on GoFundMe and through PayPal regarding their own needs. Unfortunately, this can also be a scam. Those who want to donate directly to individuals should refrain from donating except to people that they personally know. 

Donating is an amazing way to help those who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey, but you still need to protect yourself from potentially falling for a scam. By making sure that the organization you're giving to is well-known and reputable, you should be able to put your dollars to work and help the victims of this natural disaster effectively. At 3rd Kind Customz, we're keeping everyone affected by Harvey in our thoughts.