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Watch Out for Charity Scams Claiming to Help Hurricane Harvey Victims

01 September 2017, 02:08 | Lucy Hill

Companies pledge millions in Harvey donations

Amazon, Microsoft, Starbucks donate to American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey relief fund

While the magnitude of the damage has yet to be fully assessed, the Gulf Coast could see more than 50 inches of rain before the storm is through.

The actress pledged $1 million to the American Red Cross' relief efforts in Texas Tuesday, PEOPLE reported. At around 7 p.m. Tuesday he had upped the goal to $5 million and by 11:15 p.m., he had raised almost $4.9 million. More volunteers, including himself, are standing by, waiting to go on deployment. "We all want to step up to the plate to do everything we can to help out our brothers and sisters and families in need", the action hero said in an Instagram video. "There's definitely the need in the weeks to come". The storm's not over yet and they know it's going to be a long haul.

Red Cross has no way to get the items to Texas and, since the Disaster Program Manager in Casper is deployed to Texas, the items can not even be taken inside. The Toyota Center - home of the NBA's Rockets - has been opened as a shelter to help reduce overflow at the nearby George R. Brown Convention Center, which is now sheltering 10,000 people.

Roger Ramseyer, Vice President and Tulsa Market Leader for Cox Communications said, "It's part of our company culture to take care of our neighbors in need".

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According to Combs' social media posts, he was sent to Houston but has stayed in Dallas as flooded roads made it hard for volunteers to get in or out of Houston, the nation's fourth largest city.

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Whole Foods, which the e-commerce giant recently acquired, will match up to $1 million in donations to the Red Cross through Amazon.com. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. "It helps us get volunteers down there".

All 83 Save Mart Supermarkets in California and Northern Nevada stores are collecting monetary donations for the American Red Cross relief efforts in the areas ravaged by Hurricane Harvey. The Greater Chesapeake Region Red Cross expects to send many more volunteers over the next several weeks.



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