Chief of Police
110 Loon Hill Road
Dracut, MA 01826
For Immediate Release
Friday, Sept. 1, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Dracut Police Provide Tips for Donating to Storm Harvey Victims
DRACUT — With thousands in Texas affected by the impacts of Tropical Storm Harvey, Chief Peter Bartlett and the Dracut Police Department are advising residents to use caution when donating to relief funds.
“We of course want to help those who are displaced in Texas by donating to the relief efforts,” Chief Bartlett said. “Unfortunately, there will always be scammers. Just like with the common phone scams, remember to never wire money and to always verify that wherever you’re sending money to is a legimate charity.”
While there have been no known incidents of residents falling victim to storm-related scams, Dracut Police are asking residents to be cautious of any solicitations for donations they may receive from unfamiliar organizations.
For those who would like to donate to the relief efforts, the Dracut Police Department has identified multiple charitable organizations:
- The American Red Cross
- United Way of Greater Houston
- Greater Houston Community Foundation Hurricane Relief Fund
- JJ Watt crowdfunding campaign on YouCaring
Though not a complete list, the above-named organizations and fundraising campaigns are run by a combination of nonprofits and public agencies. Dracut Police do not endorse one charity over another, but want residents to confirm that they are only donating to legitimate charities so their donations will be used to help storm victims.