Charities Learning How to Help
By: CJ Cassidy
rom money to food and shelter
people in the heartland are coming forward with an outpouring of support.
a nationally-recognized charity rating service
, Charity Navigator,
says too many relief organizers could add up to one big mess.
Still some volunteers like Angie Brewer of Matthews, says there's still a lot that needs to be done.
e made a promise
to go back
. We saw
things there that they needed
," Brewer says, as she prepares
for a second trip to disaster ravaged
art and bought diapers and soap
, and a
lot of them bought canned food to take back with us
," she points out going through the dozens of bags stocked up in her church.
ediger with the
ross, admires the effort of folks like
but points out food and other supplies could get lost and misdirected
as volunteers and rescue crews struggle among the chaos in devastated areas.
hey're so many times needs of people don't fit what people have donated
the Red Cross
has a monetary gift they can react to particular needs of evacuees
," he explains.
ediger also points out many of the evacuees needing help are right here in the heartland in places like
ur concern in
ri is to take care of people coming up the highway
," he says.
, Angie Brewer's
determined to stick to her promise.
he says physically volunteering would make her feel a lot better than it would if she simply wrote out a check.
wanted to do
meant a lot to me and
had a lot more gratitude and thanks than we ever had in our lives
," Brewer says.
rewer and other volunteers also point out that because the focus of rescue efforts appears to be on bigger cities
some of the smaller towns are not getting the help and supplies they need
so they hope to help reach out to those people with the donations they've collected.
f you're still
outh to help out
you should make contact with a relief agency in the city you plan to travel to
before you leave