Thank you to all who have reached out regarding how to help those affected by Earthquake in Nepal. Many have asked how they can donate goods to support the families. The American Red Cross does not accept or solicit small quantities of individual donations of items for emergency relief purposes. Items such as collections of food, used clothing, and shoes often must be cleaned, sorted, and repackaged which impedes the valuable resources of money, time, and personnel that are needed for other aspects of our relief operation.
The Red Cross, in partnership with other organizations, suggests that the best use for those types of donations is to support needy organizations within donors’ local communities.
The best way to help those affected by disasters is through a financial donation to the Red Cross. Financial contributions allow the Red Cross to purchase exactly what is needed for the disaster relief operation. Monetary donations to charity also enable the Red Cross to purchase relief supplies close to the disaster site which avoids delays and transportation costs in getting basic necessities to disaster victims. Because the affected area has generally experienced significant economic loss, purchasing relief supplies in or close to the disaster site also helps to stimulate the weakened local economy.
For more information about Red Cross response to this disaster, please visit redcross.org.
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