For many, the holidays are time for giving to family, friends and loved ones. It’s also a time to help those in need. But according to author Sid Kirchheimer, charity scams are most common during this time of year.
Learn how to spot a con, and how to determine if a charity is legitimate before you part with your hard-earned dollars.
Sid’s top tips:
- Unless you previously donated to an organization, and gave your email address, assume all emailed requests for donations are hoaxes.
- Verify the charitable organization through the Better Business Bureau, Charity Navigator, or GuideStar.
- Mail a check. Avoid using a credit card over the phone, unless you initiated the call.
Help the Hungry
Though charitable organizations always welcome monetary donations, there are other ways you can make a difference in your community this holiday season. With the economy still faltering, too many Massachusetts residents struggle to put food on the table, never mind gifts under the tree.
The risk for going hungry is especially high for low-income seniors, and many are unaware that help is available through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP – formerly known as the Food Stamp Program). In fact, just 12.8 percent of seniors living below the poverty level are enrolled in SNAP nationwide.
Project Bread and SNAP
That’s why AARP and Create the Good teamed up with Project Bread, one of the leading anti-hunger organizations in the commonwealth, to reach seniors in need. Project Bread trains and places volunteers at local area emergency food programs.
Learn more about becoming a SNAP enrollment volunteer. Send us an email.
Jeff Gordon Drives to End Hunger
In collaboration with AARP and AARP Foundation, four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jeff Gordon and team owner Rick Hendrick recently launched “Drive to End Hunger” (DTEH) an initiative dedicated to helping solve the problem of hunger in America, particularly among older Americans.
Gordon will drive a car sporting the DTEH logo for 22 races annually over the next three years to raise awareness of and help solve the growing problem of hunger among older Americans. The DTEH initiative includes:
- a text-to-donate program
- activation at racetracks across the country
- further research on the causes and consequences of hunger in older Americans
- an innovative national grant program
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