Charities offer relief after tornado hits Kansas, Oklahoma

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Residents in southeast Kansas are moving forward after a tornado swept through a community, injuring at least 25 people and destroying dozens of homes. One person died, but it was not clear whether the death was related to the storm, according to the Associated Press.

After disasters strike, organizations like the American Red Cross offer relief those affected by the storm. Volunteers were meeting early Monday to work on cleanup efforts.

To donate to or help with the American Red Cross, go to

Before you donate, the Better Business Bureau encourages you to check out any charity. The BBB said to be wary of any group not experienced in disaster relief assistance.

"Despite what an organization might claim, charities have fund raising and administrative costs," its website states. "Even a credit card donation will involve, at a minimum, a processing fee. If a charity claims 100 percent of collected funds will be assisting victims, the truth is that the organization is still probably incurring fund raising and administrative expenses."

The public can go to to research charities and relief organizations to verify that they are accredited by BBB and meet the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability, according to its website.

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