To help with flood relief, Pikes Peak United Way tells us you can text UWFLOOD to 41444.
Wanting to donate to a specific region affected by the catastrophic flooding? Visit unitedwayhouston.com and select a county. "Wherever it will do the most good" is also an option.
To donate to hurricane relief efforts through Salvation Army, just call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, text STORM to 51555 or visit helpsalvationarmy.org. You'll have the option to donate one time or monthly and can choose the amount.
People in the Caribbean suffered the biggest punch by Hurricane Irma, which hit as a Category 5 and left many islands in ruins. Retired basketball star and U.S. Virgin Islands native Tim Duncan has set up a relief fund specifically for USVI victims here. Another way to help the islands directly is through Global Giving's Hurricane Irma Relief Fund. Donate here.
South Texas Blood & Tissue Center says it's in dire need of donors. Hurricane Harvey has forced blood centers in the Texas coastal region to close, so the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center is working to fill the void. The center encourages anyone outside Texas wishing to donate blood to visit their local blood center.
Catholic-based domestic relief agency Catholic Chartities USA is helping with long-term hurricane recovery efforts. Anyone who wishes to donate can visit their website or text CCUSADISASTER to 71777.
Want a way to help our four-legged friends? The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region has verified with 11 News that donations can be made to Houston SPCA. Click here to donate.
For tens of thousands in areas devastated by hurricanes Harvey and Ima, power outages, large amounts of debris and flooded streets have shuttered neighborhood grocery stores. To help get more food to the victims of this storm, our friends at Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado recommend donating to Feeding Texas and Feeding Florida. Click here and here to give.
Honda dealerships in Colorado Springs and Pueblo are collecting school supplies to help the thousands of children affected in the flooded areas. Drop donations off at:
-Freedom Honda, 4955 New Car Drive, Colorado Springs
-Mike Maroone Honda, 1103 Academy Park Loop, Colorado Springs
-Vidmar Honda, 600 N. Albany Ave., Pueblo
IMPORTANT NOTE: Even in times of crisis, criminals are still lurking. Don't let scammers take advantage of your desire to help! 11 News has verified every organization listed on this page. Also keep in mind the following tips from the Colorado secretary of state to protect yourself!
Ask for the registration number of the charity and paid solicitor.
Make a note of the individual caller's first and last name and the name of the telemarketing company that employs the caller.
Ask the solicitor how much of the donation will go to the charity, whether the donation is tax deductible, and what charitable programs it will support.
If solicited in person, ask for the solicitor's identification and registration number.
Resist pressure to give on the spot, whether from a telemarketer or door-to-door solicitor, and beware if they thank you for making a pledge you don't remember making. If you feel uncomfortable, just say, "No, thank you."
Do not pay in cash. Donate by check made payable to the charity or use the charity's website to donate by credit card.
Make sure you are visiting the official website of the charity you wish to support, and beware of lookalike websites, especially if you are asked to provide personal financial information.
Research the charity's disclosure and financial statements on the Secretary of State's website.
Be wary if the charity fails to provide detailed information about its identity, mission, finances and how the donation will be used. Reputable charities will gladly provide the information requested.
Watch out for charities with names that sound similar to well-known organizations. These sound-alike names are intended to confuse.
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