2012-03-07 / Local News

State Police release tornado disaster volunteer and donation information

Comet staff report

Hoosiers are known for their generosity and willingness to help in time of need. The need is great for Hoosiers in the south and southeast portions of the state that have been devastated by last Friday’s string of tornados.

The Sellersburg State Police Post and other posts have received many calls from people asking how to donate time and financial resources to help those in need. There are numerous legitimate ways to make cash donations. While the Indiana State Police does not endorse or recommend any particular organization, they are providing the contact resources to help reduce the number of inquiries to state police posts asking about giving donations or how to volunteer. This will help keep telephone lines open for emergency calls. • United Way: To make a cash donation or to volunteer as an individual or group, call the United Way Volunteer Service at (812) 287-0519 or visit them in person at 723 Spring St., Jeffersonville. Or visit www.metrounitedway.org/co mm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=9 and click the appropriate tab to volunteer or donate cash. • Red Cross: To make a cash donation or to volunteer with the American Red Cross, call (800) 733-2767 or visit the office at 510 E. Chestnut St. DR384, Louisville, Ky. Or visit http://www.redcross.org/ • Another comprehensive list of legitimate locations to make donations can be found at this Indiana Department of Homeland Security link: http:// www.aidmatrixnetwork.org/CashDonations/Default2. aspx?ST=INDIANA#

The Indiana State Police and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security caution Hoosiers to know who they are donating money to before making a cash donation. While there could be legitimate sources making door-to-door collections, more often than not, money given to door-todoor collectors is often diverted to personal gain and does not go to the stated cause. Know before you donate!

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