DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - The Better Business Bureau of Dayton offered advice to help donors decide where to give money for Hurricane Sandy relief.
The BBB warned to be cautious when giving online, particularly when giving to unsolicited spam messages, e-mails, and social media posts claiming to link to relief organizations. The BBB also said be cautious of relying on third-party recommendations, such as bloggers or other websites, as they may not have fully researched organizations they list.
Be wary of claims 100% of donations will assist relief victims, said the BBB. Despite what organizations may claim, charities have fund raising and administrative costs, such as credit car processing fee.
The BBB also cautioned against gifts of clothing, food or other in-kind donations saying they may not be the best. in-kind drives for food and clothing is not the quickest way to help, unless the organization has the staff and resources to distribute such aid properly.
To find or research charities, check out http://dayton.bbb.org/.
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