Sandra Bullock donating $1 million to Harvey relief efforts

Ann Santiago
September 1, 2017

Here in McDowell, the storm has inspired many individuals, businesses and churches to help their fellow Americans in the southwest. And for the Red Cross, the real efforts are just beginning, as they are now working to provide shelter and supplies for thousands of people uprooted by the disaster.

Still, a charity watchdog flagged the Red Cross' financials in the past two years.

Marie from the Red Cross said, "This is a wonderful organization!"

The Salvation Army and Samaritan's Purse are all organizations looking for volunteers to help support victims in Texas. Customers will be able to add the amount to their purchase, or donate separately if they are not purchasing groceries. Unfortunately, collecting and sending food, clothing and other household items often does more harm than good.

Donations enable the American Red Cross to prepare for, respond to, and help people from this disaster. It takes time and money to store, sort, clean and distribute donated items, which diverts limited time and resources away from helping those most affected.

The best way to ensure your donation will go to a specific disaster is to write the specific disaster name in the memo line of a check. And the red cross has now launched a massive response effort making it easier for you to donate. The company also matched donations from employees, and said Tuesday it donated $750,000 between its nonprofit arm,, and employee contributions to organizations such as the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children.

Pinnacle Baptist Church on Sunday from 2-4 p.m.

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