|8/31/2017 3:19:12 PM||Beware Linda Sarsour's 'Harvey Hurricane Relief Fund'|| |
57, joined Jul. 2012
Controversial activist Linda Sarsour is being called out widely for her efforts to solicit donations for a leftist organizing group under the guise of Hurricane Harvey relief.
In an early Tuesday-morning Tweet, Sarsour asked her followers to donate to the “Harvey Hurricane Relief Fund.”
That link takes potential donors to a donation page that evokes the devastation of Harvey, clearly mentioning the “Hurricane Harvey Community Relief Fund” next to a picture of flooded Houston highways.
But the page’s donation button doesn’t direct funds to any of the actual groups currently involved in Hurricane relief, like the Houston Food Bank, the Greater Houston Community Foundation or the Texas Diaper Bank. Instead, the page funnels money to the “Texas Organizing Project Education Fund,” a nonprofit dedicated to “advancing racial and economic justice through community and electoral organizing.”
Have these advocates of justice decided to help provide food or shelter for the displaced? Not exactly. “All donations made here will only be used to organize in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey,” the group announced on its Facebook page. “Together we will organize and advocate for our devastated communities, shining a spotlight on inequalities that emerge in the restoration of lives, livelihoods, and homes, amplifying the needs of hard-hit communities, and providing legal assistance for residents wrongfully denied government support.”
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|8/31/2017 6:28:15 PM||Beware Linda Sarsour's 'Harvey Hurricane Relief Fund'|| |
62, joined Apr. 2010
|Sar sewer is a fukin idiot.|
|8/31/2017 7:22:53 PM||Beware Linda Sarsour's 'Harvey Hurricane Relief Fund'|| |
84, joined Mar. 2013
|I saw that her tweet redirects you to another page for her terrorism to fight Trump.
It was sent to Trump and Pence to take care of her fraud.
|8/31/2017 7:26:04 PM||Beware Linda Sarsour's 'Harvey Hurricane Relief Fund'|| |
55, joined Aug. 2011
|I have also found out that there are people who are asking for money for Harvey relief, but are instead giving the money to the democrat party!!!|
|8/31/2017 7:28:19 PM||Beware Linda Sarsour's 'Harvey Hurricane Relief Fund'|| |
Bunker Hill, WV
45, joined Jul. 2013
|Is that Hillary in drag???|
|8/31/2017 7:43:33 PM||Beware Linda Sarsour's 'Harvey Hurricane Relief Fund'|| |
Coos Bay, OR
53, joined Aug. 2010
|That's really low.|
|8/31/2017 8:21:16 PM||Beware Linda Sarsour's 'Harvey Hurricane Relief Fund'|| |
84, joined Mar. 2013
|That right there tells me how despicable she is and how low one can sink in the time of people suffering. What a selfish beech.|
|8/31/2017 8:34:16 PM||Beware Linda Sarsour's 'Harvey Hurricane Relief Fund'|| |
Bat Cave, NC
98, joined Jun. 2013
|I like this chick. Something about her really triggers the Russian-nazis.|
|8/31/2017 11:03:48 PM||Beware Linda Sarsour's 'Harvey Hurricane Relief Fund'|| |
33, joined Apr. 2013
|Op just die already.|
|9/2/2017 1:59:36 AM||Beware Linda Sarsour's 'Harvey Hurricane Relief Fund'|| |
39, joined May. 2014
Op just die already.
What do you disagree with?
|9/2/2017 2:06:40 AM||Beware Linda Sarsour's 'Harvey Hurricane Relief Fund'|| |
39, joined May. 2014
I like this chick. Something about her really triggers the Russian-nazis.
So, fake news propaganda is a reason to support scammers.
|9/2/2017 2:07:06 AM||Beware Linda Sarsour's 'Harvey Hurricane Relief Fund'|| |
New York, NY
64, joined Dec. 2010
|Where To Donate To Harvey Victims And How To Avoid Scams
A large and complicated rescue operation is underway in Texas, and so far, there’s no end in sight.
Harvey’s catastrophic flooding will continue in and around Houston and Beaumont/Port Arthur and into southwest Louisiana for the rest of the week, the National Hurricane Center says.
If you’re outside the affected area, here are options to help. (If you’re in Texas and displaced by the storm, here’s how to get help.)
The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund of Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, which is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.
If you live in Texas, the City of Houston Emergency Operations Center has posted a list of places where you can drop off donations.
Houston Food Bank and the Food Bank of Corpus Christi are asking for donations.
The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center is reporting a critical shortage, and has extended hours at all of its San Antonio-area donor rooms. To donate, call 210-731-5590 or visit their website for more information.
Carter BloodCare covers hospitals in North, Central and East Texas. To donate, call 877-571-1000 or text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999.
To help animals suffering from the disaster, visit the Houston Humane Society or the San Antonio Humane Society. The Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has set up an animal emergency response hotline (713-861-3010) and is accepting donations on its website.
The Texas Diaper Bank in San Antonio is asking for diapers and wipes, which can be dropped off in person or mailed to 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, Tex., 78238.
The United Way of Greater Houston flood relief fund will be used to help with immediate needs as well as long-term services like minor home repair. Visit their website to donate or text UWFLOOD to 41444.
The L.G.B.T.Q. Disaster Relief Fund will be used to help people “rebuild their lives through counseling, case management, direct assistance with shelf stable food, furniture, housing and more.” It is managed by The Montrose Center, Houston’s longtime community center for the area’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender population.
For more options, the Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends checking with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster for a list of trusted disaster-relief organizations in Texas.
The American Red Cross is accepting donations on its website. You can also text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10.
AmeriCares takes medicine and supplies to survivors.
Catholic Charities provides food, clothing, shelter and support services to those from all religious backgrounds.
Direct Relief is shipping medicine and medical supplies to Texas, and has made its entire medical inventory of more than $100 million available for the Harvey relief effort.
Matthew 25: Ministries is distributing personal care kits, cleaning products, first aid and safety kits, diapers, paper products and tarps.
Donations to the Salvation Army can be made online, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) or texting STORM to 51555.
Save the Children is delivering baby supplies, including cribs and strollers, and setting up child-friendly spaces in shelters.
AABB, which coordinates a task force to manage blood collection efforts during disasters, put out a call on Sunday for blood donations in the aftermath of Harvey. Most in demand: those with type O-positive blood.
Those interested in donating blood may contact the following organizations:
• AABB: 301-907-6977• America’s Blood Centers • American Red Cross: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)• Armed Services Blood Program: 703-681-5979
Airbnb is waiving service fees for those affected by the disaster and checking in between Aug. 23 and Sept. 25, and can guide users in creating a listing where their home is offered to victims free.
GoFundMe has created a page with all of its Harvey-related campaigns, including one started by the country singer Chris Young, who donated $100,000, and another created by the president and chief executive of the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce.
YouCaring has a fund-raising page set up by J. J. Watt of the Houston Texans with a goal of $10 million. By 9:30 p.m. Wednesday it had raised more than $7 million.
GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund supports local organizations by helping to “meet survivors’ immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products and shelter.” It will also assist with longer-term recovery efforts.
How to avoid being scammed
Before giving money to an organization, do your research.
Charity Navigator, which identifies worthy charities, has a handy list of organizations that are responding in the aftermath of the storm. Their extensive database provides a good starting place to research nonprofits.
The Internal Revenue Service can also help you investigate an organization. Its search tool reveals whether or not an organization is eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions.
For advice on avoiding fraudsters, read Charity Navigator’s post on how to protect yourself, and check out these tips from the Federal Trade Commission.
“Be wary of charities that spring up too suddenly in response to current events and natural disasters,” the F.T.C. website says. “Even if they are legitimate, they probably don’t have the infrastructure to get the donations to the affected area or people.”
GoFundMe, the source of many new fund-raisers that popped up after Harvey, offers a way for donors and campaign organizers to communicate directly.
Bobby Whithorne, a spokesman for GoFundMe, said in an email that if a specific campaign is raising questions, “report the campaign directly to GoFundMe by clicking ‘Report Campaign’ on the GoFundMe campaign
|9/2/2017 2:29:52 AM||Beware Linda Sarsour's 'Harvey Hurricane Relief Fund'|| |
52, joined Jul. 2014
|You can bet most if not all the money will be funneled to jihadi groups.|