Give money, not goods
The ideal way to show your compassion is to donate money to a charity that you respect, rather than shipping goods. Goods given during emergencies often go to waste. These donations can even do more harm than good when they interfere with disaster response efforts.
Donate to organizations operating on the scene
It’s generally a good idea to support groups operating in the midst of the disaster. They can give money and other aid to the people who need it directly.
Support established nonprofits
Sometimes new groups sprout up to respond to catastrophes but they often have shortcomings. It can take time for new groups to get up and running, and in the meantime there’s no track record for donors to check out.
Consider long-term priorities
Be mindful that people will need money long after the disaster stops making headlines. Your donation may matter six months or even years from now as much as it does today.
Maximize the speed and size of your gift
If getting your money to a community fast is your top concern, make online donations with a credit card or a debit card.
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