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Posted on: September 22, 2017

Want to properly donate to hurricane relief efforts? Here's how.

Virginians witnessing devastation from hurricanes through the media often want to help. Know the best ways to get involved without risking your economic or personal safety, and without causing burden to those areas receiving unsolicited aid.

TO DONATE TO RELIEF EFFORTS

  • The most effective way to support communities impacted by these storms is to donate money and time to trusted, reputable non-profit charitable organizations.
  • Cash donations offer non-profit agencies flexibility to address urgent needs. These organizations can obtain needed resources nearer to the disaster location, not only getting needed supplies to those rebuilding after the storm, but also providing economic aid that helps local businesses from which these emergency supplies are purchased to recover faster.
  • Do not donate unsolicited goods such as used clothing, household items, medicine, or perishable foodstuffs. When used personal items are donated, the helping agencies must redirect their staff away from providing direct services to survivors in order to sort, package, transport, warehouse and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.
  • Donate through a trusted organization. At the national level, many voluntary-, faith- and community-based organizations are active in disasters and are trusted conduits through which you can donate to disaster survivors. Individuals, corporations and volunteers can learn more about how to help on the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) website.
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