The tragedy that unfolded in Uvalde, Texas has brought many donations towards helping those affected. From money to donations, many residents of Texas have rallied to show love and support. Unfortunately, there are those who will try to take advantage of those trying to help.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released a statement warning the generous people of Texas to be wary of those wishing to scam those who are trying help.
Paxton wrote in a press release:
We caution all charitable givers to be aware and informed, and we warn any would-be scammers that the Texas Attorney General will not tolerate anyone taking advantage of the goodwill and large-heartedness of our fellow Texans.
It doesn't need to be said, but those of you who are attempting to take advantage of families and a community in pain are absolutely one of the worst types of people. I have strong words that I could say, but I refuse to add anymore. In short, berating you wouldn't be worth my time.
But for those who want to help out those in Uvalde and are scared of potential scams, Paxton also released a statement regarding a program to help those through the trying times:
These tragedies can be expensive for everyone involved, and my office stands ready to assist them through our Crime Victims’ Compensation Program. I encourage all victims, their families, and providers to apply for this program to help ease the burden they’re carrying.
To learn more about the program, click here.
If you're not sure if the organization you're donating to is legit, check out CharityWatch or Guidestar. If you think some scumbag has tried to scam you, report them to the Texas Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-621-0508 or their website.
Texans come together at times like these to support each other. Sadly, that flame of hope and generosity attracts insects looking to profit off the tragedy. Don't let them get away with it.
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"Many of you probably remember my post last week about door dashing and coming across an elderly woman in deplorable conditions. When I made the post, I was thinking that I just needed to raise awareness that our elderly right here in our community are often alone, forgotten, and in need of help. I never imagined that through my post, God was going to provide a small but mighty army of volunteers that would jump in and save Jane Doe."
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Shelby was able to spend some time with the woman, who he described as his 'new adopted grandma'. He learned about her background, and how she had struggled throughout her entire life, being reduced to having nothing multiple times. She had developed some hoarding behaviors, and he believed that some of that was due to her fear of losing everything again.
Take a look at the before and after photos of the amazing transformation of her home that changed a Central Texas woman's life and helped her start over in a healthy environment.
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