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.

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

    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

    -Red Cross

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

    -Operation USA

    -America?s Second Harvest (the Nation?s Food Bank network)

    -Humane Society of United States

    -The Network for Good

    -The Baton Rouge Area Foundation

    -National Voluntary Organization for Disaster

    -Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

    -Episcopal Relief and Development


    -United Methodist Committee on Relief

    -Catholic Charities

    -Islamic Relief

    -United Jewish Communities

    -B?nai B?rith Disaster Relief Fund

    To look for friends or family:

    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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