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We should never have to say this
Posted 5/22/2013 6:42:00 AM

... but we do.

Be careful with your donations for tornado-relief.

I wish it never had to be said, but every time there's a need for help, there are always those who will view it as an opportunity to prey on people who are kind, generous and trusting. So if you're planning to make a donation to help the victims of the Oklahoma tornado, here are some ways to be sure your money goes to its intended destination.

1. Make donations only to established organizations:

The Red Cross

United Way of Central Oklahoma

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami 

Greater Miami Jewish Federation

Salvation Army

2. Research any organization you don't already know. A couple of websites that keep track of legitimate charities: Guidestar.org CharityNavigator.org.

3. Don't trust online viral stories from supposed victims. It's one thing to 'like' a Facebook post to help a couple of kids get a puppy. Not real? No harm done. But clicking on a PayPal link to donate money to someone you never heard of - you're likely throwing money away. Unless you have some sort of personal connection to someone, stick with donating to established charities.

 

Posted By: Ellen Jaffe  

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  1. Suzette posted on 05/23/2013 09:16 AM
    So sad, but so true. Thanks for the reminder Ellen. :-\
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