Give Wisely: Know where your donations go

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Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018
New 12 @ 6 O'clock, NBC 26 at 7

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- We show their faces.

Liz Owens: "What's your name again?"
Terrence: "Terrence."
Liz Owens: “I’m Liz."

We tell their stories.

"He is hungry so I let him eat first and if something is leftover I eat it. If not then I don't eat."

Just take a look around town and you'll see other people in need too.

"We take things so much for granted nice house heating in air plenty of food get what you want and then you got all of these families looking for their next meal."

Tim Nixon's business provides various services to industrial plants in the southeast. His heart and his smoker provide meals to families in North Augusta.

" I feel like the local people don't get much help I really don't. They need a hand up they sure do," Nixon says.

He used to donate to a national non-profit. He gives locally now.

"It got so commercialized I think they get plenty of funds. I think the local people here get left out," he says.

He knows every dollar he gives goes directly to the people he helps. The national non-profit divided his donation between administrative, fundraising and program expenses.

"You have to do your homework."

The better business bureau has done the hard work. All you have to do is to go to  GIVE.ORG. It will verify non-profits and provide a financial breakdown.

"It will give you a report what percentage of your money goes towards what they actually do."

One website shows 90% of the donations made to the Red Cross goes to help people. 91% of the donations to the American childhood cancer society goes to help kids. The American Breast Cancer Foundation would not disclose the information which is a red flag.

"They are so so sweet so gracious and humble to have it."

He and others at the shop will deliver turkeys and Boston butts Christmas Day.

"I enjoy it it's very rewarding."

"For it is in giving that we receive."

Want to check out a local or big named charity? Visit  GIVE.ORG.