As the flooding from Hurricane Harvey continues to paralyze Houston and San Antonio, rescue workers navigate feet of standing water, freeways turned into rivers, drowned homes, and mayhem and misery, many of us are asking, what can we do?
Those who want to help Hurricane Harvey victims need to be cautious. Some may remember that NPR and ProPublica investigated how the Red Cross screwed up it’s response to the disaster in Haiti – after collecting around half a billion dollars, they only managed to build six permanent homes. So, where can we send our donations and be sure it does some good? Here are five recommended resources that might better use your donation:
1. Houston Food Bank
This top-rated charity is getting food directly to the people who need it in Houston.
2. Food Bank of Corpus Christi
This charity feeds the needy of Corpus Christi and has a 97.50 percent financial accountability rating.
3. San Antonio Humane Society
Pets and animals need help too. The Humane Society of America has an “A” rating on CharityWatch.org.
4. South Texas Blood and Tissue Center
If you are in the neighborhood, please consider going to give blood to help Hurricane Harvey victims.
Even if you aren’t near the devastated region, donate in your town, you could end up saving a life.
5. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas
This organization is also a good one to help animals affected by Hurricane Harvey. The SPCA of Texas helping with the lost, hurt and hungry pets and animals in and around Houston and San Antonio.
All of these organizations have fantastic ratings and are all working hard to help the people and pets of South Texas. Our brothers and sisters in Texas need our help - so, please don’t delay in digging deep and doing what you can. Always do more research into any charity before you give, a simple Google search can help, along with the resources provided by CharityWatch.org and CharityNavigator.org.