In the aftermath of a disaster, it’s only natural that we all want to lend a hand. However, it’s not always easy to know how to accomplish this goal. With a few simple tips in mind, everyone can discover how they can assist the victims of any type of catastrophe.
1. Give money. This can be the simplest and most effective way to assist in the aftermath of disaster. However, always donate with care. It is a disheartening fact that many fraudulent “charities” spring up after disasters. Donate only to charities you know and trust. You’ll rest easier knowing your money is going where it is needed most.
2. Donate items. After a disaster, the victims need many basic necessities. Food, water, laundry detergent, toothbrushes and other everyday items are in short supply. Although it's easy to imagine what might be needed, resist the temptation to ship anything that is unsolicited. Instead, do some research about what is required by the victims. Many relief efforts are hindered by the constant arrival of unnecessary donations. Find out which organizations are helping out in the disaster area. Visit their websites or call their head offices to find out what’s really needed before (Read more....)