Send a Money, Not Goods
best way to help is by sending a check or donating securely by credit
card or PayPal. Such cash donations enable charities to buy the most
needed types of food, medicine, clothing, shelter materials, and other
supplies. And, by buying relief products locally or regionally,
charities can reduce shipping costs and deliver assistance more rapidly.
It also helps rebuild the disaster area's economy, helping more local
and regional suppliers get back on their feet faster.
If You Do Send Goods —
sending any goods, first contact the charity to find out if they are
appropriate and if it will be cost effective to distribute them. For
example, after a tsunami in the Pacific, boxes of donated winter coats,
scarves and fuzzy hats, completely useless items in tsunami-stricken
nations with tropical climates, were sent. Also, the longer the distance
from donation point to the target location, the more the transportation
and distribution cost.
The following charities had been recommended by
officials involved with the disaster relief effort in the Bahamas: