UNICEF on the ground at many disasters

- Back-to-back tragedies have left people across the world now struggling just to survive. With so many different areas in desperate need of help, how can we make sure no one is forgotten?

Fortunately, UNICEF already had help on the ground in the Caribbean, prior to the hurricanes hitting and the earthquakes in Mexico, according to Michelle Centeno, the senior officer for humanitarian emergencies for UNICEF. But the need for donations is now urgent.

Long after the camera crews are gone, UNICEF remains in disaster areas making sure a long-term response helps sustain those affected.

While it is a challenge to help all of the areas affected by recent disasters, UNICEF's main priority is and will always be children, Centeno said.

With so many charities to choose from make sure you do your research before donating. Often the organizations with strong local ties can be your best option.

If you want to verify a charity, you can go to the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, give.org, or you can check Charity Navigator or GuideStar. These are all comprehensive sites that vet national and local charities.

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