Hurricane Katrina donation suggestions

Filed as General on September 1, 2005 10:47 pm

by Duncan

I’ve had a few suggestions that we start running some donation banners across the Weblog Empire network for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, but not being American I’ve got no idea which charity is better that the other. Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit has a comprehensive list but I’m opening it up to Blog Herald readers to make suggestions. The American Red Cross would be the obvious choice, but if they are anything like the Australian Red Cross you can be asured that only half the money will ever get to the victims and the people in need, just like it did for the Bali Bombings Appeal here in Australia.

Suggest away, and by all means provide links to your favorite charaties. I’ll decide in the next 24 hours which charity we’ll be supporting, and recommending this to other readers as well.

Update: thank you everyone for your suggestions. Please click here for details on our choice and how to donate.

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  3. By Marti posted on September 1, 2005 at 10:56 pm
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    I would suggest Noah’s Wish.

    They rescue animals caought in the disaster.

    There is more information in my most recent post.

    Thank you.

  4. By moss posted on September 1, 2005 at 11:31 pm
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    I’ve donated money, but it frustrates me to know that my money will probably go to the restoration of New Orleans several months from now instead of food and water to the people who really need it right NOW. What’s happening to America?

  5. By Duncan posted on September 1, 2005 at 11:48 pm
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    moss
    I hear you loud and clear: readers, give me a charity who is going to give food and water to the needy!

  6. By Art posted on September 1, 2005 at 11:53 pm
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    I would suggest AmeriCares.org. It has been one of top-rated charities for several years – which means nearly all the money donated goes to the programs with very little money going for administration and fund raising.

  7. By Mark Wade posted on September 2, 2005 at 12:08 am
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    Duncan,

    Quote -“give me a charity who is going to give food and water to the needy!”

    Please consider Feed The Children –

    http://www.feedthechildren.org/site/PageServer?pagename=dotorg_homepage

    Their breakdown of expenditures is 92% to Program services (i.e childcare, food, medical, disaster relief, education and community development) and 2% for management and support.

    Thanks,
    Mark

  8. By Pat posted on September 2, 2005 at 1:49 am
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    How about the Salvation Army? I was watching FOX news and they were intereviewing one of the head guys who was right there in the middle of it all. They had people helping everywhere – water, food, clothing, etc. – as the people needed it now.

    http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/www_usn.nsf

  9. By FMF posted on September 2, 2005 at 8:01 am
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    I’m supporting Samaritan’s Purse (www.samaritanspurse.org) and am matching donations (see: http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2005/09/hurricane_katri.html)

  10. By John (SYNTAGMA) posted on September 2, 2005 at 8:53 am
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    The one I’ve heard mentioned actually being on the ground in the immediate aftermath is The Salvation Army.

  11. By Marti posted on September 2, 2005 at 9:24 am
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    Noah’s Wish IS on the ground, in Slidell, Louisiana.

    We are getting fairly regular updates regarding their animal rescue efforts, which I am adding to my original blog post about the organization.

    I was obviously too tired to blog last night when I made my earlier post here, as I misspelled “caught” LOL
    My bad, and apologies to spelling purists.

  12. By Patricia posted on September 2, 2005 at 6:35 pm
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    My I don’t have there shipping addresses, but you may send it to my church who is helping to collect the items for the three shelters. One is located in Livonia High School, Couteableau Baptist Church, and First Baptist Church of New Roads. You can send monetary donations to Faith Baptist Church, P.O. Box 466, Livonia, La. 70755-0466, or anything you want to ship send to Faith Baptist Church 3360 La. Hwy. 78, Livonia, La. 70755. Be sure to put it is for shelter relief.
    friend is helping out at a shelter which has 200 people from New Orleans. They are in need of summer clothing, shoes and toilet articles. If you cannot help with these things please say a prayer.

  13. By Sonja posted on September 2, 2005 at 11:54 pm
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    Any place in the NYC area to bring contributions of clothing, shoes, etc.?

  14. By denison posted on September 3, 2005 at 7:26 am
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    My wife has created an image for the American Red Cross to use as a tshirt design for donations and support for the Katrina victims. We have been granted 3rd party contributor status and use of the Red Cross logo for all advertising. We are also please to announce that most of the moneys raised will be donated except for the manufacturing costs.

    Please come to http://www.katrinafirst.org to donate and get a shirt. More information will willor on the website.

    THANKS,

    Keoni and Barb
    http://WWW.KATRINAFIRST.ORG

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  16. By Sam posted on September 3, 2005 at 11:53 pm
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    http://animaltheory.blogspot.com has good links to the latest news about animal rescue in New Orleans. There are also links to the HSUS, ASPCA, Noah’s Wish, and Best Friends so people can donate to reputable organizations for animals.

  17. By Ed posted on September 4, 2005 at 12:30 pm
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    Where can we send extra clothing and merchandise (such as sunglasses that we sell and have extra to donate) (although a menial after thought , it sure is bright in the south) Want to help where we can

  18. By Gina posted on September 4, 2005 at 2:41 pm
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    I am in Seattle Washington and have started a clothing drive. I see that many sites state that this is not a necessary thing at this time. I have a lot of clothing that I have collected….but will start to collect the necessities at this time (wipes, diapers, toothbrushese, etc). Any suggestions on where to mail this stuff?

    thanks

  19. By Billie posted on September 5, 2005 at 12:54 am
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    why don’t we ask apartment building owners to donate one apartment for a year to the hurricane victims and then they can use it as a tax write off at the end of the year? Both parties would benefit from it.

  20. By Rosalia posted on September 5, 2005 at 1:32 am
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    I am said to say i am an American … The way our President handled this storm and the people in need in our country is absured and apualing … 7 days to help people in need in the united stated is Crazy New Orleans looks like a 3rd world country not the US .. He was so worried about the weapons of mass distrution that were no where to be found and his own people are suffering and dieing because he has not a clue .. other countries and laughing at us right now. and this is so sad …

  21. By Barbra Denison posted on September 5, 2005 at 8:53 am
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    I have designed a TSHIRT for the Red Cross that is has been very successful at raising money that wouldn’t have been donated. Over the weekend the Raleigh, NC chapter rose $10,000 dollars at a booth with the tshirts. There were people who had already donated $1,000 who dropped another $100 down to show their support and wear a tshirt.

    The Red Cross wants everyone to remember this disaster long after the “buzz” is gone to keep donations coming. If you or any organization is interested in using this shirt to raise money for the Red Cross, please visit http://www.katrinafirst.org . ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE RED CROSS.

  22. By Dan McIntyre posted on September 5, 2005 at 12:55 pm
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    For every $15 membership in the Federation of Metro Tenants Assocations $1 is donated to the Hurricane Relief effort.

    Click on http://www.torontotenants.org/applicat.htm

  23. By HALEE posted on September 5, 2005 at 3:19 pm
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    HI EVERYONE, I DON’T KNOW HOW I GOT TO THIS BLOG, BUT I NOTICED THAT EVERYONE IS WANTING TO DONATE TO ORGANIZATIONS THAT WILL BE HELPING THE VICTIMS OF KATRINA RIGHT NOW. I KNOW VERY WELL OF ONE THAT IS LOCATED IN MY TOWN. IT IS THE “CONVOY OF HOPE” THE PRESIDENT OF CONVOY OF HOPE GOES TO MY CHURCH AND THEY SHOWED US A VIDEO LAST NIGHT OF THE CONVOY ALREADY GIVING OUT MUCH NEEDED SUPPLIES. OUR CHURCH HAS SENT A TEAM OF 30 MEDICAL WORKERS ALREADY THEY ARE IN NEW ORLEANS NOW. WE ARE HAVING A DRIVE AT OUR CHURCH FOR PEOPLE TO GO DOWN AND MY NIECE HUSBAND AND I ALL SIGNED UP TO GO HELP DO WHAT EVER WE NEED TO. ALSO WE WILL BE HOUSING ABOUT 300 TO 500 PEOPLE AT OUR CHURCH AS SOON AS THEY GET THERE. WE ALSO ARE TAKING A DRIVE OF FAMILIES WHO WILL OPEN THEIR HOMES TO PEOPLE. IF YOU NEED THE CONVOY OF HOPE WEBSITE IT IS I BELIEVE http://WWW.CONVOYOFHOPE.COM OUR CHURCH WEBSITE IS http://WWW.JAMESRIVER.ORG HOPE THIS HELPS YOU TO KNOW THAT PEOPLE ARE TRYING HARD TO HELP IMMEDIATLY.

  24. By Sam West (N.Z) posted on September 5, 2005 at 5:32 pm
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    Probably already in mind although no comment as such. Why not use the many closed service camps and bases as accomodation for the many displace people. The basic facilities are there and they can be developed to assist these people over a long period. They could even be a source of work for those staying there. Just an idea but don’t know where else to send it

  25. By Teresa posted on September 5, 2005 at 6:10 pm
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    This is not a suggestion of any donation, but I was wondering if anyone has had the idea of hiring any of the out-of-work N.O. citizens to help restore the city. Its going to take a lot of manpower and the citizens can benefit many fold: 1)earn money to send to families in shelter abroad; 2) boost self-esteem of locals who can proudly say they had a hand in rebuilding their own city; and 3)at least some locals will be allowed to stay in their own city–any worker will have to be housed, and fed by some outside means in any case. I think any job created in the clean-up of New Orleans should be first offered to a local citizen. While passing out food and water… how about a job application. I think it would boost morale more than anyone can imagine.

  26. By Sharlyn posted on September 5, 2005 at 11:51 pm
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    There are alot of RV’s not being used or in storage. If the Governemt used some state parks, there might be people willing to loan their RV’s to Katrina Victims.

  27. By Cara posted on September 6, 2005 at 2:21 am
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    Habitat for Humanity has a Hurricane Katrina Building Fund which will help build “simple and decent housing for low-income families.” You can donate at http://www.habitat.org.

  28. By Richard posted on September 6, 2005 at 9:25 am
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    We hear reports saying that Katrina victims need clothes. So many of us have clothes we would like to donate. But I have not found any national charities accepting clothing donations. Know any?

  29. By mitch posted on September 6, 2005 at 9:28 am
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    Humane Society of South Mississippi (228) 863-4394. Address: 13756 Washington Avenue Gulfport, Mississippi 39503. They were right in the path of Katrina. Doubt if any phones are working & probably no mail delivery. Website http://www.hssm.org isn’t finished so I couldn’t find a secure link to donate. But if there’s one animal rescue charity that needs the money, they do. I’m going to keep trying to contact them somehow. Noah’s Wish is another one, they are on the ground now in Slidell, LA with a field HQ helping animals stranded by the storm. Noahswish.org takes online donations. Looks like a good group. God bless.

  30. By anita posted on September 6, 2005 at 4:42 pm
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    For New York City donations: I have read that the New York State Armory on E. 26th and Lexington will take clothing donations. There is no phone listing, so I don’t have any information. If anyone does, please e-mail me.

  31. By Rati Zautashvili posted on September 6, 2005 at 10:43 pm
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    As for me I’m not american i’m georgian,it’s a small country in coucasus under russia but now I’m in Mississippi state for one year.I’m exchange student and i’m here to study and meet new people,that katina hurikane hapend after 3 or 4 weeks after i arrived here and i’m so sorry to that people who died by it’s fault and also peope hwo are noe without family,tomorrow i’m going take clothes that i have and took from my country here,because i don’t care them i would be realyy happy to help that people who have no clothe and eben no plase to stay.

  32. By Melissa posted on September 7, 2005 at 8:45 am
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    I wood like to open up my Home the room will hold up to 3
    people. I hope that I can help.

    Melissa Reinhart

  33. By rhonda posted on September 7, 2005 at 2:48 pm
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    I have gobs of clothing, household items, toiletries, books, etc. I was going to donate to a local charity but I would rather give it to people who are in need in the south. I have read through messages and don’t really have an answer as to who will take the items. I am tapped out financially so other than blood this is the only way I know how to help. If anyone knows of a charity, etc. who is taking clothing, etc. for Katrina relief in the Sacramento area (Cameron Park) of California, please let me know.
    Thanks, Rhonda

  34. By David Key posted on September 7, 2005 at 3:14 pm
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    My name is David Key, I’m the Pres/CEO of Virtual Cubed Steel (www.virtualcubed.com located in Fresno, Calif). We manufacture panelized steel frames for residential homes and commercial buildings.

    We would love to help! You can contact me or my partner Marcus Asay at (559) 441-7722. Cell Phone (559) 709-4057 (Marcus) or [email protected]/[email protected]

    God bless the victims of this disaster.

  35. By Ragna posted on September 7, 2005 at 6:38 pm
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    I am from Northern California, I have tried also to find organizations that will take clothing-both children and adult, and household goods to distribute to Katrina victims. It is frustrating. I have no more $ to give at this time but have collected a lot of “almost” new items. I will pay shipping…just tell me where!!!!

  36. By blue water spa posted on September 7, 2005 at 9:56 pm
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    Early Design in Raleigh has been a drop off spot for supplies and funds for hurricane victims. They have a contact in leadership at LSU and transportation. They shipped many boxes last week and they were delived over the weekend. I filled an SUV with new baby items. I was very moved to learn through an e-mail from someone at LSU that a stuffed animal I sent was delivered directly to a child. Everything was delivered. There are special items needed. Please feel free to contact me via e-mail: [email protected] for deatils on what is needed and where to deliver.

    I have also attached what I as a business person am doing and what everyone can do. I welcome more suggestions on opportunities to help

    BLUE WATER SPA WILL BE OPEN THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH IN 2005 AND DONATE 100% OF ALL REVENUE RECEIVED ON PRODUCTS AND SERVICES TO THE RED CROSS TO HELP VICTIMS OF HURRICANE KATRINA.

    GIVE BLOOD AND RECEIVE A COMPLIMENTARY SKIN CARE TREATMENT
    Blue Water Spa is offering a complimentary microdermabrasion treatment to any individual who provides proof of donating blood to the Red Cross.

    What you can do to help If you are a business owner these are some things you can do:

    1) Extend your regular hours and donate revenue those hours to the Red Cross, or other organizations.
    2) Offer to “match” contributions made by staff
    3) Offer complimentary services (we’re giving complimentary microdermabrasion) to clients who give blood
    4) Allow staff to use sick days and vacation days to volunteer w/ Red Cross, Salvation Army or other organizations
    5) Have links of other businesses in your area raising funds on your web site

    If you are not a business owner

    1) Ask the owner of your business if you can donate time to help raise funds
    2) Donate blood
    3) Ask to use sick days or vacation time to volunteer. Volunteers are needed to answer phones, put together supply bags and more

    It is very important to not forget about this disaster weeks from now when some of the news coverage may have slowed down. These people will need a lot of help for a long time to come.

  37. By Dale posted on September 8, 2005 at 9:48 pm
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    I like many others have given about all of the $ i and my family can
    afford. So now we are going to try a different approch to help support and raise funds for those in need. We are starting to try and Borrow funds from those that would truly like to help. You see we have a program that we have used for many years to help support our selves
    and many other people. Our Plain is to Borrow funds from those that
    would like to not only help themselves but also those in need. We will be paying a 4% apr yield for those that would like to join us and then
    we will place these funds in the same place we use our on funds for.
    The best part is this we already Know how and where to get returns of 10%to 15% apr yields with monthly payments on the funds we borrow. With the profits we can then set up a contiuios funding program for those in need for some time to come. The said part is this
    for those of us that want to help we are stopped in our tracks because we are not NON-PROFIT organizations so there for no news Media or any goverment agency will not even listen . I know we tried. We are private educational consultants in Florida. our primaary goal is to help teach others how to make ends meet in a Nation Where we are pricing our children and the People of this Great Nation Out of Existance. Feel Free TO STOP BY OUR WEB SITE AND LEAVE YOUR OPION. AmericasMessenger.net

  38. By Dawn posted on September 9, 2005 at 2:22 pm
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    I am a manager that works in St. Petersburg Florida with a couple of job postings. I am trying to find a way to make these postings available to the Hurricane victims. Does anybody know of any website or organization that I can make this information available?

  39. By Anonymous posted on September 10, 2005 at 11:27 pm
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    Is sameritanspurse Org looking for truckers to move
    mobile homes to katrina victims? please post if anyone knows the particulars of this.

  40. By Ava posted on September 13, 2005 at 10:55 pm
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    I would like for everyone to stop placeing blame on any and every agency. We can not do anything about the past but we should all try and fix the future of the Katrina Hurricane victims. God allow tragdey”s to to happen. To wake each and every one of us up and make us aware that none of us are doing what we are suppose to do to help one another.

  41. By Brandi posted on September 15, 2005 at 9:29 pm
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    I have lots of men’s business clothes to donate…they would be great for job interviews. However, the clothes were very costly when purchased and I worry that if I donate them to an agency, such as the Salvation Army, they may not be put to their best use.
    Is there any way I can “adopt” someone or ones that would gain the most use out of these items?
    I also have lots of baby items and some VERY nice furniture and again, would like to see it all put to the best use.
    Please let me know if any of you have heard of a way to “adopt” a family that could best use my contributions

  42. By Melinda posted on September 17, 2005 at 12:58 am
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    Reading through the comments, I am in the same boat as many of you. I have no extra money to give, but I have clothing that I would like to donate to the victims of hurricane Katrina. Many baby/kids clothes. I would like to make sure they get to the victims. If anyone has more info, please let me know. Thanks.

  43. By Aaron posted on September 22, 2005 at 6:02 pm
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    SUGGESTION TO RAISE MONEY!!!

    Well I don’t know to many facts about what’s going on in the gulf coast, I just know it will need our aid for months and maybe years to come.
    **GETTING TO MY POINT** I thought of a great way to raise money for the gulf coast and it’s people. HAVE THE CHILDREN of THE GULF COAST AFFECTED by THIS EVENT CREATE ART. Since most kids are stranded with their families with little to do, why not let them create some art whether it is a painting, drawing, macaroni sculptors, it really doesn’t matter, just something. Then sell/auction these art works off across the nation. Whether it is through a special page on ebay, or a private internet site dedicated to this idea. Or every major city in the US could have a small section either selling these items, or just letting people know how they can purchase their own Katrina Relief Art Pieces. What ever is the most practical. Included with every art piece could be a letter of authenticity, that ensures that the purchasers money is being donated properly to the Red Cross or any other aid agency that would like to get involved. Also included could be the childs name age and home town.
    I believe this is a great idea, which is why I took the time to write this. Maybe my suggestion idea can be used, just altered and tweaked, to benefit the gulf coast as much as possible.
    I hope this idea reaches someone who has the power to either spread the word or has connection with the proper people to make this a reality. Every little bit helps!!!

  44. By Karen Anderson posted on September 27, 2005 at 4:13 pm
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    Did anyone get a contact for Aaron’s request to have victim children do artwork?

    I have an event coming up and this would be a great fundraiser for Katrina Victims.