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Top Disaster Relief Organizations

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When contributing to relief efforts through financial gifts or by donating relief supplies, it's important that you do your own careful research first, and give to reputable, well-established relief organization. This will ensure that your gift makes the best possible impact toward relief. Here are a few trustworthy organizations to consider.

Samaritan's Purse

Samaritan's Purse is a world-wide, nondenominational Christian organization providing both physical and spiritual assistance to victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and hunger. The organization was established in 1970 by Franklin Graham, the eldest son of Billy Graham.

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities USA is one of the largest social service networks in the nation, providing aid and financial support to people in need, regardless of their religious, social, or economic backgrounds. Catholic Charities was founded in 1910 as the National Conference of Catholic Charities.

Operation Blessing

Operation Blessing is an international relief and humanitarian organization providing food, clothing, shelter, medical care and other basic necessities of life. Operation Blessing was established in 1978 and is governed by a national board of directors that includes founder M. G. Robertson.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army assists Americans seeking the basic necessities of life–food, shelter, and warmth. They also have disaster response teams "on call" to serve at all disasters and civil disorders which place a community or its populace at risk. William Booth originally established the The Christian Mission, which became The Salvation Army in 1878.

United Methodist Committee on Relief

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a humanitarian agency providing relief in disaster areas, aid to refugees, food for the hungry, and assistance to the impoverished. UMCOR, established in 1940, maintains a corps of trained disaster specialists who can respond quickly to disasters and also keeps a supply of relief materials for emergency dispatch.

Episcopal Relief and Development

Episcopal Relief and Development provides ongoing emergency relief and assistance after disasters, rebuilds communities, and helps children and families overcome poverty. The organization was established in 1940 by the Episcopal Church in the United States.

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization led by volunteers, providing relief to victims of disasters. The American Red Cross also helps to prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. Clara Barton founded the Red Cross in 1881.

World Vision

World Vision is a Christian relief and development organization dedicated to helping children and their communities worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty. World Vision was founded by Bob Pierce in 1950 to provide long-term care for children in crisis and developed its first child sponsorship program in Korea in 1953.

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