posted by Matt W on May 24th, 2013

The term hero has been used quite a bit lately. I think that strong words like hero are typically overused, but that certainly isn’t the case recently. Unfortunately, there have just been a lot of opportunities for heroism.  There can be no doubt that any person who throws their body over small children and holds onto them so they aren’t sucked into the sky by an EF5 Tornado is indeed a HERO. Thanks to all the brave people in Oklahoma, you’re just another reason to be proud of our country.

Below I have put a link to a U.S. News article with ways to help Oklahoma tornado victims.

How to help Oklahoma tornado victims

Male Pattern Madness doesn’t recommend any particular charity, just thought we might share some opportunities to help out. At the bottom of the article is a section on being cautious with your donations that I thought was good to remember. Here it is to review.

And a note of caution

Emotions are running high, understandably, in light of the awful news from Oklahoma. Many of us want to help in some way. But this vulnerable time is also rife with and ripe for scammers who want to prey on your emotions and wallet. They may seek you out via email, knock on your door, or even try to get you to give money via Facebook.

The Federal Trade Commission has guidelines about charity donations, including these tips:

  • Donate to charities you know and trust. Be alert for charities that seem to have sprung up overnight in connection with current events, like the tornadoes.
  • Ask if a caller is a paid fundraiser, who they work for, and what percentage of your donation goes to the charity and to the fundraiser. If you don’t get a clear answer — or if you don’t like the answer you get — consider donating to a different organization.
  • Don’t give out personal or financial information — including your credit card or bank account number — unless you know the charity is reputable.
  • Never send cash: you can’t be sure the organization will receive your donation, and you won’t have a record for tax purposes.
  • Check out the charity with the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or GuideStar.
  • Find out if the charity or fundraiser must be registered in your state by contacting the National Association of State Charity Officials.


Have a great weekend!

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