Har­vey char­i­ties raise over $350M in less than 3 weeks

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - OPINION -

HOUS­TON » More than 50 lo­cal and na­tional char­i­ties have raised more than $350 mil­lion in the nearly three weeks since Hur­ri­cane Har­vey hit the Texas Gulf Coast, and 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. Hous­ton Tex­ans foot­ball star J.J. Watt has raised over $30 mil­lion for his foun­da­tion, an ef­fort he started with so­cial me­dia ap­peals.

Most of the money raised for Har­vey has gone to the Red Cross, which has raised a least $211 mil­lion. Other or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing 40 groups listed by Char­ity Nav­i­ga­tor, as well as dozens of other groups and fam­i­lies, have raised money on do-it-your­self sites such as Go­FundMe.

More than $50 mil­lion has poured into the lo­cal fund set up by Hous­ton Mayor Sylvester Turner and Har­ris County Judge Ed Em­mett, the county’s chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cial.

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