Har­vey char­i­ties raise over $350M

Winnipeg Sun - - NEWS - — The As­so­ci­ated Press

HOUS­TON — More than 50 lo­cal and na­tional char­i­ties have raised more than $350 mil­lion US in the nearly three weeks since Hur­ri­cane Har­vey struck the Texas Gulf Coast, and the dis­parate groups are try­ing to de­cide on pri­or­i­ties while some storm vic­tims still await help.

Dis­trust of large char­i­ties, such as the Amer­i­can Red Cross, has driven many donors to smaller, lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions.

For in­stance, Hous­ton Tex­ans foot­ball star J.J. Watt has raised more than $30 mil­lion for his foun­da­tion, an ef­fort he started by post­ing ap­peals on so­cial me­dia.

But most of the money raised for Har­vey has gone to the Red Cross, which has raised a least $211 mil­lion.

The rest went to other or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing 40 groups listed by Char­ity Nav­i­ga­tor, as well as dozens of other groups and in­di­vid­ual fam­i­lies rais­ing money.

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