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Here's how you can help the victims of Hurricane Harvey

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(AP / MEREDITH) -- Charities are stepping up their donation requests in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Here's what you can do to help:

Money is the quickest, most effective contribution most people can make during times of disaster, and donating directly through a website gets money to a charity faster than a text donation, even though the text might seem easier.

It's up to you whether to go with a local charity that might know the area better, or a national charity that has wider reach. Experts say both types have a role in times like these.

Here are some charities you might consider donating to, but remember to always do your own research to make sure the money goes to a good cause. This is by no means a complete list of charities, but it is a good jumping off point when deciding how to best support those in need.Charity Navigator is a useful decision-making tool to help find out the details of a charity organizations operation. They have more information on Hurricane Harvey relief here.

American Red Cross

The Red Cross is often the first charity that comes to mind during natural disaster relief efforts. It's a well established and experienced organization. You can donate online here. You can also make donations at some Kroger and Publix grocery stores which are partnering with the American Red Cross.

All Hands

All Hands has been working in disaster relief for 12 years. They're currently on the ground at a staging area in Austin, Texas. You can learn more about the organization and donate here.

AmeriCares

AmeriCares focuses on medical aid, providing health care for victims of the hurricane. You can learn more and donate here.

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is another well-established relief organization. Their goal is to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual care to survivors and relief workers, and to provide long-term disaster recovery efforts. You can learn more and donate here.

Portlight

Portlight specializes in providing aid to the elderly and people with disabilities. Click here for more information and instructions on how to donate.

Global Giving

Global Giving says initial funds will be used for immediate needs like food, water, fuel, and shelter, and later funds will be used in conjunction with local organizations for more long-term relief. You can learn more about their efforts and donate here.

Houston Humane Society

The Houston Humane Society is working to handle the wave of misplaced and lost pets in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. You can read more about their efforts and donate here.

Texas Diaper Bank

The Texas Diaper bank is seeking diaper donations. You can mail them to 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, Texas 78238 

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