Donating to Harvey relief efforts: How, when, what to give

The Associated Press


NEW YORK — Charities are stepping up their donation requests in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

This is not an excuse to clean out your closet, though. Money is the quickest, most effective contribution most people can make during times of disaster.

And donating directly through a website gets money to a charity faster than a text donation, even though the text might seem easier., a website devoted to providing information on nonprofits, has a blog listing legitimate charities that are helping with the relief effort. You can find it at

It's up to you whether to go with a local charity that might know the area better, or a national charity that has wider reach. Experts say both types have a role in times like these.

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Seniors, the disabled, children and even pets are particularly vulnerable during disasters. Consider donating to charities that focus on addressing their needs.
Check GuideStar's website to ensure your charity is legit.

Spc. Garth Parks, left, and Pfc. Taylor Garen, center, chat as Garen packs her alert bag at the Tyler Armed Forces Reserve Center in Tyler, Texas, on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. Unit 136 military police battalion has deployed some members and equipment for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Houston while the headquarters unit waits for their mission instructions. (Chelsea Purgahn/Tyler Morning Telegraph via AP)