The flood waters in Texas are finally receding and the full scope of the devastation and damage Harvey has caused is just now becoming fully apparent. Governor Greg Abbott of Texas says that the recovery costs of Harvey could reach well over 100 billion dollars. Homes and lives destroyed and forever changed, families are left without homes, schools and the basic necessities of life like food, clothing and drinking water. US citizens have flocked to Texas, boats in tow to help do something, anything to aid our brothers and sisters from the Lone Star State. A lot of us want to help but are unable to drop everything and go to Houston.

The Nation has seen an outpouring of love for the families in the Houston, Texas area that were and are still seeing the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. I myself spent 15 of the greatest years of my life in Texas, and I can testify to the fact that Texas does come together to help their fellow man.  Unfortunately some people all over the world see natural disasters as opportunities and their victims as marks, a chance to scam and profit from the weak and desperate. A dear friend that lives in the Houston area told me via a phone conversation that he had personally been getting automated phone calls from somewhere and someone claiming to be his insurance provider, and for $500 dollars he could upgrade his insurance plan to cover all damage caused by Harvey. A college educated man, he hung up but I wonder about the less fortunate and elderly that may fall victim to such a scam.

Below I have out together a list of trustworthy organizations that you can make your donations of your time or money if you feel the need to do so.

Local Houston Organizations:

National Organizations:

Online Organizations:

 

Avoid Scammers:

Research is the key to avoiding scams. Charity Navigator identifies worthy charities. Their website has a very good research tool  and is a good place to start. The Internal Revenue Service has search tools that reveal whether an organization is eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions.

If you suspect an organization or individual is engaging in fraud, you can report it to the National Center for Disaster Fraud.

 

 

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