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Donating During Disasters: How to Help Effectively

Photo: Lt. Zachary West, Texas National Guard
Texas National Guardsmen assist residents affected by flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Monstrous rains from Hurricane Harvey, fresh from dumping more than 50 inches of rain across east Texas and displacing thousands, are now menacing Louisiana. In Southwest Florida, local flooding from a weekend of record rainfall saw hundreds evacuated from their homes. As disasters big and small continue to unfold, those looking to help often face a simple question: what can I do that does the most good?

Greg Luberecki with the Gulf Coast Community Foundation joins Gulf Coast Live to talk about how people in Florida can make effective donations to those recovery from Hurricane Harvey, what items are most in need during such disasters, how to avoid scams, and ways donors can give responsibly and effectively when disasters strike. 

Matthew Smith is a reporter and producer of WGCU’s Gulf Coast Live.
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