Wednesday, October 11, 2023 3:06PM
Amid the war between Israel and the militant group Hamas, a humanitarian crisis is developing and many people are wondering how they can help.
There is a short-term immediate need as well as long-term welfare to consider with the sheer numbers of victims, and families affected.
Hundreds of ways to purportedly help have popped up online, from realtors claiming to donate a percentage of their home sales to GoFundMe campaigns filled with heartwrenching stories, but which are legitimate?
7 On Your Side’s Nina Pineda says one way to ensure your support is actually going to the people who need it is to use a site like Charity Navigator which vets and rates charities.
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The site shows you how much of your money is going to the organization’s administrative costs versus the people it’s intended to support.
Charity Navigator also offers a ‘Giving Basket,’ which will distribute your donation to many different trusted non-profits.
Additionally, make sure wherever you are sending your donation are using a secure platform before providing your credit card information.
Pineda says to be skeptical of strangers reaching out to you directly by email, calling, texting, or direct messages on social media.
Be especially leery of anyone posing as a victim.
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