Give Because it Hurts

I know a lot of us are just holding our breaths for those on the Gulf Coast. But the time has come for us to do something. I know some have already donated money and have started calling around to find out what else they can offer up.

At the moment I’m planning to do another loose change donation via CoinStar tonight to the Red Cross. Last time my two trips totalled $126.76. I know I don’t have that much change this time, but it’s a start.

My big question to our readers is what do you recommend? I know some folks don’t like the Red Cross and obviously I want as much of my money to go directly to aiding those affected. (I also donated to Tsunami relief to a woman in one of my classes from Sri Lanka who gave it directly to her church in her hometown where it went towards new housing for her former neighbors.) Should I spread my money around to a lot of charities or focus it on one or two to do the greatest good?

Here’s one list I’ve found so far that has a lot of good organizations (faith-based). Habitat for Humanity has also set up a special fund for Katrina rebuilding.

I’ll keep updating this post with as many resources as you can point me to.

UPDATES: Los Angeles Times List.

The Humane Society of the United Statesdonate online (thanks Loren)

Find out which corporations are donating here. (found via new orleans metblog) – if you work for a large company, find out if they’re matching employee contributions.

Pretty exhaustive list for resources for both those who want to help and those who need help: Zarq’s Hurricane Help. (Thanks Suzanne)

Katrina Help Wiki – exhaustive and communally updated listings.

KTLA is matching donations to its McCormick Tribune Foundation Hurricane Katrina Relief Campaign – 50 cents on the dollar up to $1 million. (more about the fund here)

BoingBoing warns folks to be on the lookout for scam websites that claim to aid Katrina victims. Here’s FEMA’s list of verified charities.

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