Many Hoosiers may feel prompted to help and donate to disaster relief efforts, as they see news reels from today’s tragic Japanese Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami events. Your Better Business Bureau applauds your generosity, but advices caution and research before donating, to insure your funds reach reputable organization with the true capabilities to help.
“Nothing is more tragic than finding out your generosity was taken advantage of”, says Tom Bozikis, Vice President of Policy and Standards at the Tri-State Better Business Bureau. “With a few simple steps, consumers can insure their safety as well as help those truly in need, if they heed a few tips.”
Tips from your BBB on donating are below:
You can search your BBB’s website for Accredited Charities at http://evansville.bbb.org/Find-Business-Reviews/.
American Red Cross details regarding locating family and friends in affected regions can be found at: http://newsroom.redcross.org/2011/03/11/disaster-alert-earthquake-in-japan-tsunami-warnings/