UPDATE: If your family is in need of assistance, you can contact any of these organizations. Also refer to FEMA to determine if you are eligible for government disaster assistance:
I have encountered several recommendations for hurricane relief organizations. For what it’s worth, here they are.
From iVoter Guide:
According to a recent article in the Daily Caller, Christians are providing as much (or more) relief to hurricane victims than FEMA. What a testament and opportunity to glorify God!
As you pray and decide where to give to touch lives affected by these disasters, we’d like to pass on information we know about organizations doing the most with your donor dollars. The following organizations have been vetted and can be recommended by our team:
From the Caribbean to Texas and Florida, Samaritan’s Purse has been one of the first on the ground to minister to those in need. Founded by Billy Graham, their mission is to meet the needs of those who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease or famine — and to do so in the name of Jesus.
Inspired by the people who helped them after their father was killed by a drunk driver, the Donaldson family founded Convoy of Hope with the mission to bring faith-based, international, humanitarian relief to those who are impoverished, hungry and hurting.
Finally, with supplies and contractors headed to help disaster victims, some of the organizations helping our veterans, service members, and their families are seeing increased cost as they strive to serve those who served us. Operation Homefront and Fisher House are both reputable organizations whose programs depend on building and material costs and who will be seeing increased need in the months ahead. Please consider them as you make donations, as well.
All of the organizations listed above have been given a 4-star rating by Charity Navigator. We highly recommend using their tool before giving to any 501(c)(3) organization, as (much like us!) they sift through millions of financial records to evaluate charities and equip people to be better stewards.
(If you are in the Baton Rouge, LA area this weekend)
A list of charitable organizations offering services to those in the hurricane zones:
The Red Cross
Reach Out America
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Habitat for Humanity
The Humane Society
Operation Blessing International
Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategies
Do your homework about potential recipients for your donations. Charity Navigator is a good place to start. I do not personally recommend any national organizations other than Samaritan’s Purse and Salvation Army. Many worthy local organizations exist, I know, and if you can donate to one of these, I am sure your money will be used well.