A lot of our fellow Americans are hurting. In quick succession, a vicious hurricane season taking lives and leaving thousands on our Mainland, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands homeless; close to home, the targeted mass killing in Las Vegas. Now our neighbors to the west in an area beloved for its beauty and industry–Wine Country, have endured mass destruction and loss of life due to wildfires. Over 5,700 homes and businesses have been destroyed.
The rapid timeline of these disasters may seem overwhelming, and indeed the needs of many of those affected is large in nature. As Americans unite to bring relief, there are reports of disreputable fund- raising campaigns and scams posing as charities. If you would like to help in relief efforts, please take care that your donations will be directed to those intended. You’ll find a list of legitimate organizations actively working to provide aid and relief below. There are likely other organizations and legitimate efforts to help, those mentioned below have proven to provide relief when tragedy strikes.
- American Red Cross. To donate visit redcross.org, call 1- 800-RED CROSS (Donations to Red Cross can be earmarked and directed to the donor’s desired area of relief)
- Catholic Charities USA: Visit catholiccharitiesusa.orgto donate.
- GlobalGiving: visit globalgiving.org/harvey. Send a check by writing,”Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund” in the memo line and mailing it to GlobalGiving, 1110 Vermont Ave NW, Suite 550, Washington DC, 20005.
- UNICEF USA: unicefusa.org
- United for Puerto Rico: prfaa.pr.gov/unitedforpuertorico/
- Las Vegas GoFundMe Page: Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak has set up a GoFundMe to help with victims.
The response at United Blood Services offices in Northern Nevada has been so good, that they are now asking that you go to www.bloodhero.com and make an appointment if you wish to donate blood. Remember, donating blood regularly year-round is the best way to help!