Nepalese Association of North Alabama rallies community for earthquake aid donations

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - As devastation from the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake continues to mount, the North Alabama Nepalese community is rallying to support their home country. The Nepalese Association of North Alabama (NANA) began mobilizing their more than 200 local members over the weekend to solicit disaster relief donations. The organization is also making sure the money does the most good.

Active NANA member and local businessman Santosh Pokhrel says in just two days his organization has raised more than $6,000.

"Everyone is calling and they send $100 or $200; everything helps and when you put a small drop, you can make an ocean," Pokhrel says.

We know in this area there are many people more than willing to open up their hearts and pocket books to the people of Nepal. But how do you make sure you are donating to a reputable organization? While NANA is collecting money, they encourage people donating independently to stick to the top-tier relief options.

"You can do American Red Cross; they have a special fund for earthquake relief in Nepal. You can use UNICEF -- they are the top two," recommends Pokhrel.

Here are some other reliable organizations you can count on to benefit the people of Nepal: