Rep. Richard Smith (R-108) released the following statement, encouraging his constituents to consider donating to accredited relief funds raising money for those affected by Hurricane Harvey:
The images of distress and suffering from the aftermath of flooding in Texas and Louisiana resulting from Hurricane Harvey are powerful…and, if you’re like me, you want to know what you can do to help out.
Just as this catastrophe has brought out the best in some people who have risen to the challenge to show their charity and humanity, so it has also brought out the worst – those who would prey on both the disaster victims and those who want to help them. Unfortunately, there are many scams out there looking to steal from those who wish to donate.
If you want to help, please donate only to trusted and reputable charity organizations. Do not donate over the phone to solicitors who have called you.
Three great organizations you should consider donating to are Americares and the American Red Cross. Stephen Siller’s Tunnel to Towers Foundation, run by a family in New Fairfield, is also collecting donations. Links to each of them are found below.
Lastly, if you want to volunteer to help down in Texas, do not self-deploy. You can contact your town’s emergency services director to coordinate with them. If you need assistance in getting this accomplished, please call my office and I can direct you where to go.
If you are a doctor or a nurse, please coordinate with the State Department of Public Health concerning dispatching emergency medical services to the area.