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How people can help victims of the Quebec train explosion

A concerned resident waits July 7, 2013 near an aid station set up after a freight train loaded with oil derailed in Lac-Megantic in Canada's Quebec province, sparking explosions that engulfed about 30 buildings in a wall of fire. François Laplante-Delagrave/AFP/Getty Images

MONTREAL – With over 2,000 residents displaced in Lac-Mégantic, Que. after a train explosion destroyed the centre of the town, thousands more across the province and the country are donating their money and their time to help the community.

With reports of suspicious websites asking for donations cropping up online, many are wondering what the safest way is to help the people of Lac-Mégantic.

The Canadian Red Cross has set up a donation page where anyone can donate with PayPal, a credit card or by text.

The Red Cross will use donations to fund its recovery program, which works in tandem with government relief programs.

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Click here to make a donation.

A spokesperson at the Red Cross told Global News that financial donations are the “preferred” way of providing help. Those looking to lend a hand as a volunteer can do so by clicking here.

A Facebook page has been set up by the Quebec provincial police to provide updates here.

More than 6,000 Quebecers in the town have been affected and are trying to process the scope of the devastation. If you can help or know of an organization helping out, please leave the details in the comments below.

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