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11Sep

Hurricanes May Have Made Them Homeless, But Not Hopeless

Many people cannot image the stress associated with preparing for, living through and surviving a hurricane. Nor can they imagine losing everything. It’s not the little things, like the vase you bought on your visit to New York; nor is it even the big things, like your house. What hurts most is the loss of baby pictures, diplomas, family jewels, the family Bible – things that cannot be replaced.

While some things may be irreplaceable, what we can do – as humans – is help our neighbors get back on their feet.

There are people who dedicate their lives to helping those who become the victim of natural disasters. Most of them you have heard of. But when it comes to deciding who you should give your financial contribution to for the aid of families affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Katia and Jose, make sure you know who you are giving to and how your contribution will be used.

Having said that, don’t make it hard, just do it.

Here are my top three go-tos when it comes to donating for hurricane, and other natural disaster, relief:

  1. The American Red Cross / The British Red Cross The Red Cross is a volunteer organization that helps people before, during and after a crisis. It provides education; food, shelter and other resources; as well as emergency health services around the world.

    Really, the Red Cross pretty much does everything.

    The American Red Cross –- www.redcross.org -- has a motto of “All day, every day, wherever someone needs us.” According to the agency, 91-cents of every dollar raised for disaster relief goes to that – disaster relief.

    The British Red Cross –- www.redcross.org.uk -- is not only active in the United Kingdom, but in many places in Europe. And last year, the agency reported raising £1.1 million (about $1.3 million) to support emergency response and recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, which impacted millions of people throughout the Caribbean. And for Irma, the U.K. government just announced that for every pound donated, it will match that donation.

  2. UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund) –- www.unicefusa.org -– works in more than 190 countries and is focused largely on helping children. UNICEF is raising funds to help our babies impacted by Hurricane Irma.

  3. The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is accepting donations to help those left homeless in the Caribbean by Hurricane Irma. Go to CDEMA’s site at -- www.cdema.org -- to find out how to send money.

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