Bronx churches are one way to avoid scams and help hurricane relief

Hurricane Katrina depleted most of the Gulf Coast?s resources and now scam artists are trying to deplete good Samaritans of their wallets.

Relief organizers say some ways for Bronx residents to avoid being conned is to donate supplies instead of monetary contributions. The Red Cross and Salvation Army say they need specific items such as baby diapers, baby food, socks and t-shirts.

To give financial contributions that will go towards the hurricane relief, residents should donate to faith-based organizations or universally recognized relief efforts like the Red Cross. Some Bronx residents say they are writing checks or giving cash donations through their local churches.

City officials advise contributing residents to make sure they use a licensed money transmitting service and to ask for a receipt for their donation.Related Story:

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