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Safe Ways to Donate to Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

DES MOINES, Iowa — People in texas are still struggling to pick up the pieces Hurricane Harvey left behind.

The Red Cross and the City of Houston still need money to help everyone affected, but it’s important to note, scammers are taking advantage of the situation.

Here are some tips from the Attorney General’s office:

  • Know who you are giving to. Fake organizations may have a name similar to a legitimate organization.
  • Be wary of callers seeking donations. Don’t give to someone who calls you unless you are certain the caller represents an organization you are familiar with. Scammers can spoof caller ID.
  • Be wary of emails and social media posts seeking donations.The links attached to them may contain malicious software.
  • Avoid providing cash to someone who shows up at your door. Ask to see the person’s identification, and don’t let someone pressure you into donating.
  • Be cautious about crowdfunding.
  • There are several ways to verify an organization Places to check include the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, GuideStar, and Charity Navigator. You can check an organization’s tax status through IRS Select Check.

Here are several safe ways to donate:

  • Hop on Amazon and check out the Red Cross Wishlist to send items directly where they need to go
  • Call 1-800-Red-Cross or text HARVEY to 9099
  • Go to NVOAD.ORG to donate to the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.
  • Donate directly to the City of Houston at HoustonTX.gov

ISU Football Community Pushing to Help Hurricane Harvey Victims

AMES, Iowa  --  Cyclone Nation is coming together to support Hurricane Harvey victims, and some are doing more than just donating supplies.

ISU football player Brian Peavy's dream to help those in Texas became a reality on Saturday. Fans flocked to watch the ISU vs. UNI game, wasn't the only thing multiplying at Jack Trice: a donation pile of supplies to send to Hurricane Harvey victims was growing, too.

“Having the opportunity to contribute to the people in Houston and the effort down with Hurricane Harvey is giant," said ISU defensive end Vince Horras. "As a football team, we've got guys from the area, everybody's got family and friends down there, and we know that anything is appreciated."

ISU football partnered with Hy-Vee to carry out junior defensive back Brian Peavy's goal to help.

"We're always helpful, even though, like, they're Texas and we're Iowa and we're far away, we have stuff and we can help, so obviously as an Iowan I want to help people," said Ames resident Tori Swanson.

Kara Schoepfer is a Cyclone fan, and she’s not letting the nearly 1,000 miles between Iowa and Texas get in her way. After Saturday's game, she is headed to Texas to help her sister who lives in Houston, and who lost everything.

"We're going to help out any way we can down there, with the demolition of their house and trying to salvage what didn’t get destroyed," she said.

Schoepfer said helping Harvey victims is a great lesson for her kids, and not just Cyclone Nation but also people everywhere.

"I hope it's teaching them that they have a responsibility to help others in need," Schoepfer said.

Some say helping people in need is already a victory, no matter the outcome on the field.

Iowa Ag Community Helping Texas Livestock Farmers

ATLANTIC, Iowa  --  More and more Iowans are finding ways to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey, and on Saturday part of Iowa’s agriculture industry answered the call.

Kelly Decious was touched after seeing the harrowing images coming out of south Texas.

“We come from a livestock family, we raised our girls showing livestock, and we just put ourselves in their situation and thought if that were us, what would we need? If our farm was flooded, would we need feed, would we need hay?” said Decious.

Kelly and her husband founded the Livestock Family Support Organization. It may be just a Facebook networking page, but it's one that has organized a substantial relief effort for the livestock farmers of Texas.

Over 12 tons of supplies are headed down to Texas on Tuesday, many of which were gathered and donated by local FFA chapters.

“Without feed, they’re not going to make it in the next however many weeks it's going to last before they can go back to where they come from. And I'm sure a lot of them won’t be able to show at their fair and they've worked all summer long just to keep this animal,” said Andrew Schechinger of the Harlan FFA.

The Harlan FFA took the feed they've collected and dropped it off at Renew Ag Supply in Atlantic, where it will stay until being loaded onto a semi and sent to Texas.

“Random people are calling us saying, 'I want to buy ten bags of feed to send down,’ and it's just amazing that people that aren't necessarily tied to that just understand that that's what we're called to do. And it's a neat thing to be a part of that and be able to be a part of that vehicle to do that,” said Renew Ag Supply Owner Jim Skartvedt.

The Harlan FFA received donations from CAM FFA, ACGC FFA, Carroll FFA, Nodaway Valley FFA, Stoney Point FFA, Fremont Mills FFA, Corning FFA, and Griswold FFA.

Renew Ag Supply is accepting donations. Follow this link for more information:

To get in contact with the Livestock Family Support Organization, follow this link:

Livestock Family Support Organization Facebook page