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A hurricane of this magnitude wipes out entire communities. Coastal Texas will be in real need not just for days or weeks, but for months and even years. So if you’re giving, think about giving to local organizations which will be around for the long haul, rather than national or international charities which will parachute in and then leave once the TV cameras have gone.
Remember, too: There are lots of worthy organizations in coastal Texas which do sterling work even when there isn’t a disaster to respond to. The food banks, in particular, are a great place to donate to Texans in need: you might want to start with Galveston, Corpus Christi, and Houston, as well as the Texas Diaper Bank.
If Hurricane Harvey has spurred you to put your hand in your pocket, then, that’s great. Giving generously to people in need is always a good idea. So give today, when a disaster is dominating the news, and give next month, when the need in Texas and around the world will be less well covered. Give whenever you can! Just, please, don’t make your donation to the Red Cross.