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Hurricane Ida victims needing monetary donations

People look at a car flooded flooded as a result of the remnants of Hurricane Ida in a local...
People look at a car flooded flooded as a result of the remnants of Hurricane Ida in a local street in Somerville, N.J., Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)(Eduardo Munoz Alvarez | AP)
Published: Sep. 4, 2021 at 10:46 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Hurricane Ida had swept through a number of states, leaving its mark on millions of lives. People were left without electricity, food, clean water and homes were in ruins.

There were steps others could take to help out victims of the Category 4 hurricane; including Nebraskans.

Josh Planos, director for humans resources and communications for the Better Business Bureau, said a good way people could help out those affected by Ida was through monetary donations.

Planos said the Better Business Bureau had created a trustworthy, convenient place people could go to donate to various organizations.

“We have an entire website dedicated to best practices and accountability for charitable organizations,” Planos said. “There’s a lot of helpful information there for those who are just kind of starting out in their search and, you know, want to do good and want to help those who are in need.”

Planos added, give.org was created to ensure people were only donating to trustworthy organizations. He said, when considering to give to any charity, it was important to check that they were experienced and reliable. Planos continued to say the reason for doing so was to ensure the funds were headed to where they were said to be.

“You see a lot of, you know, kind of organizations pop up over night and typically, you know, they have a really good purpose, right? ‘They’re going to the victims of this hurricane’ or ‘that natural disaster,’” He said. “And, in theory, that’s all fine and well but, it probably doesn’t have the infrustructure necessary to handle high-volume of money or high-volume of requests.”

To donate to a charity, you can visit the Better Business Bureau website.

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