Seems with any tragedy, donations pick up to help those affected. While this is all good, there are those that will take your good will & pocket it. Email solicitations are an easy way for scammers to go after your pocketbook. Word of advice, check the charity’s EIN number to see who they are before you put some cash out there. One way is searching directly through the IRS for US based charities. For example, Warren’s list of NPOs can be found here (note the search added “Warrendale PA” as well. Shame on you, IRS for not having a Zip Code search!)
If the organization asking for your money isn’t listed as an NPO, or doesn’t have a searchable EIN number, AVOID THEM. Or stick with the major ones, like the Red Cross. Practicing due diligence will serve you well.
You hear that, neighbor? You know who you are.