All too often, the news is filled with upsetting reports of the devastating effects of tornadoes, hurricanes, typhoons, floods, tsunamis, and other forces of nature. In their aftermath, many people want to know how to aid those who've been displaced or injured. Here are some ways that families can help. Make a Donation When there's a disaster, many worthy local, national, and international organizations will be looking for donations. Before giving, do some homework to be sure the organization is legitimate and learn how they will use your donation. Here are some charitable organizations that help people affected by crises and natural disasters: [Please note: By clicking on these links, you will be leaving our site.] American Red Cross Doctors Without Borders Save the Children International Rescue Committee Mercy Corps Partners in Health It's OK if your family doesn't have a lot to give. Every donation, regardless of size, helps to rebuild when communities are hit by natural disasters. Lend a Hand While monetary donations are always appreciated, they're not the only way that families can get involved. Here are other ways that you and your kids can help out: Donate clothes, food, or other items. Check with your local Red Cross chapter, community center (like the YMCA), or place of worship to find out whether you can drop off donations or if there's another way your family can contribute. You might suggest donating your time to help sort through donations and/or delivering goods to families affected by the disaster. Organize a fundraiser. Perhaps you could help your place of worship or local school organize a fundraiser to collect money or supplies for disaster victims. For a donation drive, ask the organization you'd like to donate to whether it needs the items you plan to send. Sometimes, charities get too many donations and have to spend money storing or handling the excess items. Organize a community event. Talk to your place of worship, child's school, or community center about organizing a walk, run, bake sale, or other activity to raise money. If your family can't help out right now, consider contributing in the coming weeks or months. With the degree of damage in disaster-struck areas, the need for donations and funds will be ongoing and your family's help will be appreciated just as much in the future. Why It Matters Volunteering your time, money, or efforts not only helps the community, but also sets a good example for your kids. And helping others, especially as a family, is one of the most rewarding experiences parents and children can share. Get more tips on how to rally together as a family to really make a difference in the lives of others. Back to Articles Related Articles Community Service: A Family's Guide to Getting Involved One of the most satisfying, fun, and productive ways to unite as a family is volunteering for community service projects. It sets a good example for your kids and helps the community. Read More Disasters Disasters, like earthquakes and tornadoes, are serious problems. Find out more about these difficult situations and how to help people in need. Read More Natural Disasters: How to Help Many people find the best way to deal with the news of a tragedy is to help. Find out what you can do. Read More Volunteering Volunteering gives you an opportunity to change lives, including your own. Get ideas on things you can do and tips on getting started in this article for teens. Read More Helping Kids Handle Worry All kids to worry at times, and some may worry more than others. But parents can help kids manage worry and tackle everyday problems with ease. Find out how. Read More Normal Childhood Fears It's normal for children to feel afraid at times. Parents can help kids feel safe and learn to feel at ease. Read More How Media Use Affects Your Child Technology can be part of a healthy childhood, but it's important for parents to track their kids' screen time and set limits. Read More How to Talk to Your Child About the News News reports are often educational. But when stories are about violence or other disturbing topics, parents can find it hard to explain to kids. Here are some guidelines. Read More Be a Volunteer Volunteering gives you a great feeling because you know you're making a difference. Find out more in this article for kids. Read More Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor. © 1995-2021 KidsHealth®. All rights reserved. Images provided by The Nemours Foundation, iStock, Getty Images, Veer, Shutterstock, and Clipart.com.