How to make sure your donations actually go to hurricane victims

The winds and sea are whipped up off of the Rickenbacker Causeway as two people cross the street in Miami as Hurricane Irma approaches on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. ( Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

(WKEF/WRGT) - As Floridians take a first look at the damage left behind by Hurricane Irma and Texans continue to clean up Hurricane Harvey, many people are moved to donate time, efforts or money to those impacted.

If you're looking to send money or even supplies, here's a few tips on how to make sure your money gets to the right place.

You should always carefully review donation requests by doing your own research into a company, and evaluate charities using whatever resources that are available. This means you should also keep your eyes peeled for "look-alike" website or accounts, and you should always take some extra time to check out newly formed charities.

Review all claims carefully made on websites or in commercials, and if you're looking to give through a crowdfunding campaign, try to determine if it is legitimate and supported by people who are close to the tragedy.

You can also reach out to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's Office or a charity you're looking to donate before making your donation.

One place you can consider making a donation is through Hand in Hand, a telethon that including the Rebuild Texas Fund, Feeding Florida and Feeding Texas. You can check out more about how to donate on this website.

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