Moffat County sends help to people and pets impacted by Hurricane Harvey
- Be wary of brand-new charities and crowdfunding sites, even if legitimate. They may not have the infrastructure to provide relief or services to victims.
- Avoid unsolicited solicitations by phone, email, pop-up messages or someone going door to door.
- Disregard charities or fundraisers that refuse to provide detailed information about their identity, mission, costs or how your donation will be used.
- Not all donations are tax-deductible—donations to specific individuals or families, for example, are not. If someone raising money on behalf of a particular victim or family says your donation is tax-deductible, chances are it’s a scam.
- If in doubt, don’t give money.
Instead of attending a concert in Austin, one Craig couple is headed to Texas to help by bringing goods donated by caring citizens in Moffat and Routt Counties.
Tickets to a concert were a surprise gift from Alisa to her husband Zach Brown.
When the event was canceled in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the couple, who have rescued pets from Houston in the past, decided to make the trip anyway.
“After some thinking and planning, we decided we wanted to drive down there rather than fly, so we’re able to bring donations and possibly help transport animals to Houston’s surrounding cities and volunteer (animal) rescues,” Alisa Brown said.
The pair are leaving right after work on Tuesday and will spend a week traveling first to Austin. From there they will chart a course into smaller communities along the shoreline where assistance is still need before returning home to Craig in time for work next week.
They will travel in a truck while pulling a 22-foot enclosed trailer borrowed from Mark and Melissa Evans to deliver supplies donated during events hosted over the weekend at The Journey at First Baptist church in Craig and the Routt County Humane Society.
Locals have also donated their time and money to the cause.
Sue Neher and Becky Fritz organized a Craig cheerleading team to help with receiving, organizing, and loading the donations.
“A good handful of people have given us gas money. We hadn’t really thought about how expensive it would be to travel down there and back,” Alisa
Cash is another way to give. It might even be preferred by many organizations in the disaster zone.
“We are finding out that there are some places where donations are being turned away,” Alisa said.
Too many things in the wrong places and at the wrong times can be more hindrance than help.
“I say donate funds, because we can use those to purchase exactly the type of disaster relief supplies that are going to be most helpful,” said Derrick Chubbs, president and CEO of the Central Texas Food Bank in Austin in a recent interview with National Public Radio.
Local law enforcement recommends vetting charities carefully before giving a cash donation.
“This is the perfect opportunity for scammers to make money at your behalf in the name of victims,” states a post of the Craig Police Department Facebook page.
Along with thousands of pounds of donations, the Brown family are grateful to carry love from Northwest Colorado to pets and people in Texas.
“We live in a very thoughtful, wonderful community,” Alisa said.
Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.