Sandra Bullock donates $1M for Harvey relief

Kristen Gonzales
September 1, 2017

"Additionally, we encourage those who can to help the real people affected by Hurricane Harvey by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation".

In quieter, anonymous gestures so many Americans shared what they could.

At least 11 people have died in Texas as a result of the flooding. Checks can be made out to "American Red Cross - Hurricane Harvey Relief". When you give, it's important to keep that history in mind. The Red Cross is mobilizing its disaster partners to support feeding, child care, disaster assessment and other disaster services.

Some charities are springing up overnight and looking to take advantage of you. Along with our partners, we have served almost 30,000 meals and snacks since the storm began.

Meanwhile, Beyoncé is working with her local pastor to extend help. I wish I could answer your question, but it's not something I have visibility on in the role that I play in this organization.

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Seeing the suffering caused by Hurricane Harvey, good citizens want to help. While most new organizations are led by people moved to make a difference, some are opportunists committing fraud, like the founders of the Hurricane Sandy Relief Foundation. The amount of each tax deductible donation will appear on the customer's receipt as a contribution to the American Red Cross.

Hello! Because of the overwhelming response to Hurricane Harvey, donations are taking longer than usual to process.

In an interview with Morning Edition host Ailsa Chang, Red Cross executive Brad Kieserman was asked about reports that the charity has unusually high administrative costs. Your donation may matter six months or even years from now as much as it does today. However, Charity Navigator suggests that instead of boxing up and sending your gently used clothing, you should hold a garage sale and send the proceeds to a group that can help more directly.

The quickest way to give is to go to the charity's website and donate directly, using a credit or debit card.

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