Column: Use care when giving to charity

By now, we have all seen the photos of the destruction on the East Coast caused by Hurricane Sandy. Our hearts and prayers go out to all those who have lost loved ones in the disaster. We also pray that those who suffered major damage to their personal property will have that replaced in a timely manner.

As is the American way, we are quite sure that there are already plans afoot by organizations to help raise money and needed supplies for the many who were in the path of superstorm.

And we are also sure that there are those who are out there, coming up with ways to pull on America’s heart strings under the guise of helping the victims, but all the while looking to make a fast buck for themselves. It is exactly those types of individuals we hope residents here don’t fall prey to in their want and need to donate money and goods to help the victims.

There are many reputable charities out there who will work to help raise items in the aftermath of this and other disasters. Local churches and, of course, the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross are all trustworthy organizations that are seeking to help their fellow men and women.

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