Red Cross sends volunteers to assist Hurricane Harvey relief

Red Cross sends volunteers to assist Hurricane Harvey relief

Kieserman said that as of Wednesday morning the Red Cross had spent $50 million on Harvey relief, mainly on 232 shelters for 66,000 people.

A man helps his neighbor down the street after rescuing her in his boat in their Houston neighborhood after flooding from Hurricane Harvey in August 2017.

The ideal way to show your compassion is to donate money to a charity that you respect, rather than shipping cartons of diapers and cases of canned chili.

Hurricane Harvey has already forced more than 30,000 people to shelters. The IRS website at has a search feature, Exempt Organizations Select Check, through which people may find qualified charities; donations to these charities may be tax-deductible. You can vet the legitimacy of organizations at, or online. They can give money and other aid to the people who need it directly.

NBC CT, Big Y, and the American Red Cross previous partnered together on a relief drive in 2016 to help victims of Hurricane Matthew. 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 Texas Diaper Bank in San Antonio is asking for diapers and wipes, which can be dropped off in person or mailed to 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, Texas 78238. For security and tax record purposes, contribute by check or credit card or another way that provides documentation of the donation.

Disaster relief efforts in the region align with Boeing´s ongoing commitment to the communities where the company has a presence.

Chang: Through donations, how much of every dollar goes to relief? 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.

"This is going to impact thousands of residents down there, so we want to make sure we have the strong infrastructure with both material and human and financial resources to make sure we're able to provide our services as long as they're needed", Salemme said. Even credit card donations have processing fees.

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