Smart Giving Tips for Disasters

  1. Donate cash to an established disaster relief organization, like the American Red Cross. It’s the fastest way to get help to those who need it most.
  2. If you’d like to donate used or new products, contact an established disaster relief organization that is serving the affected area to determine whether there is a specific need for what you’d like to donate.
  3. If you’d like to donate large amounts of items, work directly with organizations that deal with donating bulk supplies, which can help large numbers of people in the affected community.
  4. Prior to delivering items to an established relief organization, call to determine appropriate location and time for drop-off, as many have specific collection points.
  5. If you would like to organize a food or clothing drive, contact an established disaster relief organization to determine what is most needed in the affected community and how to ensure the donations are properly collected.
  6. Ask if what you’d like to donate is needed, culturally appropriate and if relief organizations can manage the collection effectively. Some well-intentioned yet inappropriate product, food or used clothing donations can actually divert the attention of disaster relief organizations and local governments away from the task at hand by requiring them spend time sorting and storing unneeded items.
  7. Consider selling your items on eBay Giving Works, or another site and donate the proceeds to an established disaster relief organization serving the affected area.
  8. The American Red Cross, as a member of NVOAD (National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters), works with our partner organizations to help assist those that have been affected by a disaster. For more information on NVOAD, see

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