How to help Hurricane Harvey victims

A sign is placed at JB's German Bakery and Cafe in Corpus Christi Texas as Hurricane Harvey approaches the area

Here in McDowell, the storm has inspired many individuals, businesses and churches to help their fellow Americans in the southwest.

But the backlash hasn't stopped several companies and influential people from donating or requesting funds for the Red Cross' efforts after Harvey. Upcoming local blood drives are listed in the events calendar.

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

But the Red Cross said that's no reason to worry.

The courses are free, and the Red Cross encourages people to register before attending. "We are starting to look into the future, understanding and knowing that we are now going to need volunteers to help with the recovery process which is damage assessment and case work". Unfortunately, collecting and sending food, clothing and other household items often does more harm than good.

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Many of our viewers have phoned in to donate, and we appreciate each and every one of you. Donors can designate their donation to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts by choosing that option when donating on redcross.org or on 1-800-RED CROSS.

The Red Cross depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately.

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. They are also accepting new or gently used clothing for adults and children.

Google says it is matching $1 million in donations to the American Red Cross.

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