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How To Avoid Scams While Helping Hurricane Irma Victims

How To Avoid Scams While Helping Hurricane Irma Victims

As hurricane Irma sweeps over Florida and potentially others states, one can only watch the aftermath for so long and be compelled to help in any way. Read this article to get a better understanding of which relief organizations are reputable enough to donate to.

While giving clothes or toys for kids and those who are in need may be a good idea, you might want to think twice. Britt Lake, chief program officer for GlobalGiving said,  “I can’t tell you how many times I have been in disaster situations where I’ve seen, literally, just warehouses filled with stuff that people give, just sitting there” (Jacey Fortin, New York Times).

Here is How to Help:

  • If you would like to volunteer in person : The Red Cross is  coordinating volunteers.
  • Since cash is the way to donate: GoFundMe is a good source to go to. If you visit click on the GoFundMe, you will be directed to the Irma support page. GoFundMe rarely has fraud too, it makes sure that the proceeds go directly to who they say they are going to, but obviously, no one can be too sure.
  • GlobalGiving, Unicef, Oxfam are all reputable charities to donate money too. They are accredited by the BBB, Charity Watch, Charity Navigator and more.
  • If you would like to help our four legged friends, then you can donate to the also accredited organization like Best Friends Animal Society.

Our recommendations are only a few to the many organizations that bring relief to hurricane victims. Finding ones on your own should be easy enough, but make sure they are accredited and be weary of new organizations.

Rainbow International’s corporate team is based in Waco, Texas. They have sent in many additional Rainbow franchises to assist our local franchises with Hurricane Harvey and Irma claims. If you or anyone you know needs assistance, contact Rainbow International Restoration’s claims center at (855) 724-6269.

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