Helping Katrina Victims

We?ve all seen the images on CNN ? communities gone, children separated from their parents, people who have lost everything.

As the Gulf Coast starts to dig out in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, emergency organizations are executing cleanup and rescue plans, seeking donations and setting up outlets to provide information on the storm and its victims. It is a daunting task, and one that will continue for months.

Faced with this kind of need, we all are moved to help in whatever way we can. At this stage, what the relief organizations need most is money. If you would like to contribute Non-Cash Contributions, the items most requested are:

  • blankets
  • shoes
  • clothing
  • bottled water
  • canned goods
  • medical and school supplies
  • If you are interested in helping with other organizations, as well as seek information on your loved ones, here are some links to follow up on

    San Diego:
    Clear Station radio is having a collection point at QualComm Stadium, Wednesday, September 7th from 5 Am to 7 PM to collect monetary donations. www.stormaid.com

    KSWB-TV is also taking donations. Matching program may still be in process at fifty cents to the dollar. www.kswbtc.com

    Los Angeles Area:
    Operation USA in Los Angeles is collecting donations, both monetary and of material goods. If you would like to volunteer with this organization please contact Stan at stan@opusa.org.

    NATIONALLY:
    -Red Cross
    1-800-435-7669
    www.redcross.org

    -Salvation Army
    ***Taking Requests for information on welfare of loved ones at the website***
    www.salvationarmyusa.org

    -Operation USA
    www.opusa.org

    -America?s Second Harvest (the Nation?s Food Bank network)
    www.secondharvest.org

    -Humane Society of United States
    www.hsus.org

    -The Network for Good
    www.networkforgood.org

    -The Baton Rouge Area Foundation
    www.braf.org

    -National Voluntary Organization for Disaster
    www.nvoad.org

    -Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
    www.la-spca.gov

    -Episcopal Relief and Development
    www.er-d.org

    -ICNA
    www.icna.org

    -United Methodist Committee on Relief
    http://gbgm-umc.org/umcor/emergency/hurricanes/2005/

    -Catholic Charities
    www.catholiccharitiesusa.org

    -Islamic Relief
    www.irw.org/katrina

    -United Jewish Communities
    www.ujc.org

    -B?nai B?rith Disaster Relief Fund
    www.bnaibrith.org

    To look for friends or family:
    www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9159961/

    All of us have a way to give, and I?m sure you will contribute in whatever way works best for you.

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