Where's Your Donation Going?

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Some people are going online to ask for money this holiday season, but you should be careful before you donate.

Morgan Catlett uses Craigslist to find low-priced furniture to refurbish, but this is the first time she has seen people ask for help online at Christmas.

One post asks for presents for two little boys, "it makes me sad. I think it is really hard during the holiday season seeing people that truly need help," said Catlett.

Julie Wheeler, the president of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) warned that it could be a scam.

"These are very high on emotions, but be pretty short on facts or how the money is going to be used," Wheeler.

Catlett said she may think twice before helping someone like this.

"Things in the internet, you just have to me a little more leery of it," said Catlett.

The BBB recommends donating to local organizations like the Salvation Army.

Cpt. Duane Burleigh rings bells to raise money to help others and said if you are going through a tough time, you don't have to go online in search of help.

"If there is an actual need, if they have fallen through the cracks, we try to do the best we can. I am sure all the agencies involved will try to do the best they can," said Burleigh.

Catlett agrees and likes to know where her money goes.

"Knowing that is going to the right people, it would make me feel more comfortable," said Catlett.

One person who posted one of these ads on Craigslist said that her family had already received help through a local organization, but when asked if she would mind doing an interview, she hung up.

Harrisonburg Police said they have not received any complaints on issues like this but will keep an eye on it.

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