Katrina’s had her say. Now comes the payback. We have a chance to show we can withstand anything nature throws at our neighbors and us. If you’ve been watching the nightly news or following reports on the Web with mounting anger, channel some of that concern toward helping any of these worthy relief organizations:
Nashville’s Second Harvest Food Bank (http://www.secondharvestnashville.org/
) needs canned fruit, peanut butter, crackers, granola and protein bars, single-serve cereal boxes, tuna and chicken salad kits, foods with a pop-top lid, baby formula, diapers, and baby wipes. Or you can make a donation online to its disaster relief fund.
Founded in Middle Tennessee, the innovative charity Modest Needs (http://www.modestneeds.org
) offers one-time assistance for immediate needs up to $1,000: it’s founded on the principle that everybody pitching in pocket change is more effective than hunting for huge donations. Modest Needs is offering special help for those who can’t afford emergency supplies such as air mattresses, clothes, and medical costs not covered by insurance.
The American Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org/
), of course, remains our pivotal go-to organization in times of crisis. For others, Instapundit
) has an impressive list of resource agencies suggested by fellow bloggers.
Finally, animal lovers have a means of helping the many pets stranded or displaced by Katrina in Noah’s Wish
), a non-profit that deals strictly with animals in disaster situations. There’s no such thing as too much compassion.