In the wake of the ongoing destruction in Texas at the hands of Hurricane Harvey, it's up to those of us who are unaffected and able to contribute to band together and support those in need. Celebrities have mobilized in a more effective fashion than usual thanks to Kevin Hart's positive "challenge" to his fellow stars, requesting that they donate $25,000 to rescue and recovery efforts.
Even the KarJenners, who have often recently found themselves on the wrong side of issues, have done their part with a $500,000 donation. For once, it's nice to see celebs putting their money where their mouths are instead of posting a "prayers up" Instagram.
But you don't have to be an A-list star to make an impact. As evidenced by Bernie Sanders's campaign, small donations on the grassroots level can influence and lead to actual change. The aftermath of a natural disaster undoubtedly has an even greater impact on lower-income individuals and families, as they face greater challenges with regard to evacuation and recovery options.
We've compiled a list of accessible ways in which you can contribute. As our favorite humanitarian, Rihanna, once said, "I know that each and every one of you has the opportunity to help someone else. All you need to do is help one person, expecting nothing in return. To me, that is a humanitarian... My grandmother always used to say if you've got a dollar, there's plenty to share."
For more ways to contribute, please visit the Chronicle's comprehensive list here.
To ensure your donations will benefit a legitimate cause, feel free to cross-reference charitable options with organizations that verify such causes, such as GiveWell, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch or the Better Business Bureau.
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