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Hurricane Relief

"At first light, the devastation is greater than our worst fears." Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco

DON'T BE SCAMMED!!!

Don't let an unscrupulous charity take advantage of your goodwill. Find a charity with a proven track record of success with dealing with this region and this type of disaster. Avoid fly-by-night charities created specifically to deal with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Even well-meaning new organizations will not have the infrastructure and knowledge of the region to efficiently maximize your gift.

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LEGITIMATE CHARITIES

- The Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation is a non-profit foundation established by Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco to accept donations to be used to meet the immediate and long term needs of the thousands of Louisiana citizens whose lives have been devastated by Hurricane Katrina. It goes directly to Louisiana and not to the Red Cross or the Federal Government.

- Liberal Blogs for Hurricane Relief Hurricane Katrina destroyed thousands of lives. Together, we're trying to raise $1 million and prove that the liberal blogosphere can and help our fellow citizens in need. All proceeds will be sent to the American Red Cross fund for hurricane relief. Donations are being tracked by Drop Cash. Transactions are secured through Paypal. You can be certain that your contribution will be secure, for a good cause, and people will know it came from the liberal blogosphere.

- Hurricane Housing Hurricane Katrina has left hundreds of thousands of people homeless. But thousands of people throughout the region are stepping into the breach to offer free shelter to those in need. Offer Housing or Find Housing

- Habitat for Humanity Hurricane Recovery Effort. Help rebuild the lives of the victims of Hurricane Katrina, piece by piece, house by house.

- Craigslist resources for Katrina Survivors: Looking for missing family and/or friends? Can you provide temporary shelter for hurricane victims? Volunteer opportunities. General community notices and updates.

- Direct Relief International Established in 1948, Direct Relief is a privately funded, nonsectarian humanitarian agency that provides medical assistance to impoverished areas and in response to humanitarian emergencies.

- The Houston Food Bank gives $25 for every ONE dollar you give!

- Feed the Children has more than 25 truckloads of relief supplies, including food, bottled water, cleaning supplies, paper products and other emergency essentials on their way. They are heading into Louisiana, Mississippi, and the surrounding areas that were hit by Hurricane Katrina. Truckloads are also on their way to Texas and Georgia to assist in relief efforts for those who have been evacuated from the devastated areas. Feed The Children will continue to provide supplies and relief to the individuals, children and families affected by Hurricane Katrina for as long as necessary.

- The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LA/SPCA), the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association (LVMA), the Louisiana Animal Control Association (LACA), and the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) are managing animal evacuations and recovery plans for New Orleans pets and displaced animals.

The ASPCA Disaster Relief Fund helps shelters and organizations across the country that are impacted by natural disasters. Your donation today will go directly to help shelters impacted by natural disasters rebuild facilities and assist in their disaster recovery efforts.

- The Humane Society of the United States In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has launched a massive relief effort to rescue animals and assist their caregivers in the disaster areas. Our highly trained Disaster Animal Response Teams are now in Mississippi and Texas coordinating a multi-state animal rescue and recovery effort. Our Disaster Response Unit, and other rescue vehicles affiliated with our teams, are in Mississippi.

Our entire relief effort is funded by donations from people like you, and we desperately need your support. Please make an emergency contribution to our Disaster Relief Fund today! To donate, please complete the information on our secure online form below. Your tax-deductible gift will be used exclusively for our disaster animal relief work.

- Noah's Wish How You Can Help Animal Disaster Victims Today!

- Petfinder: Make a tax-deductible donation to Petfinder.com Foundation Hurricane Relief Fund. Your gift will go to shelters and animal placement groups affected by Hurricane Katrina.

- The Salvation Army is currently providing services to storm victims and first responders in the Gulf Coast states.

A $100 donation to The Salvation Army will feed a family of four for two days, provide two cases of drinking water and one household clean-up kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets, and cleaning supplies.

- The American Red Cross

Thanks to Billmon and Charity Navigator for many of these links.

8/1/05