Red Cross Text Donations Delayed After 'Inundation' of Messages

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"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.

In quieter, anonymous gestures so many Americans shared what they could.

Charities are stepping up their donation requests in the wake of Harvey, a severe, Category 4 hurricane that has devastated South Texas and could still lead to worse flooding in the days ahead. The area could get as much as 50 inches of rain before Harvey leaves the region.

The organization says it is working around the clock to provide safe shelter and comfort for the hundreds of thousands of people impacted by this disaster. In Harvey's aftermath, that might mean the United Way of Greater Houston and the Greater Houston Community Foundation, which both have established relief funds and a long history of service to the local community. The IRS website at has a search feature, Exempt Organizations Select Check, through which people may find qualified charities; donations to these charities may be tax-deductible.

Local businesses are also aiding in relief efforts. I wish I could answer your question, but it's not something I have visibility on in the role that I play in this organization.

A man helps his neighbor down the street after rescuing her in his boat in their Houston neighborhood after flooding from Hurricane Harvey in August 2017.

The relief organisation confirmed the news, "This is an incredible gift". The amount of each tax deductible donation will appear on the customer's receipt as a contribution to the American Red Cross.

It doesn't mean there will never be a time or place for such donations - check with relief agencies as time passes. Better yet, set up a recurring monthly donation to support your chosen charity over time.

The Red Cross also needs financial donations to be able to provide immediate disaster relief.

Mittendorf also cautions that giving through crowdfunding can mean that intermediaries skim fees that might otherwise go to disaster relief or another cause you support.

Donations followed even if the call out seemed a bit aggressive to some.

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