Friday, July 25, 2008

Hurricane Relief: How You Can Help

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Tens of thousands of people in the U.S. Gulf Coast have fled their homes in response to Hurricane Ike, while others are still in great need in Hurricane Gustav's wake. Relief efforts are underway for evacuees and to support state and local authorities in their response.



You can help victims of disasters like Hurricane Gustav and Hurricane Ike by making a donation to the charities below. The relief funds for charities that are active in disaster work allow them to mobilize immediate assistance to people in need.

American Red Cross:
Helping evacuees in shelters in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas by moving workers, ready-to-eat meals, cots and blankets to more than 200 mobile feeding trucks.
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Pre-positioning emergency relief supplies in a Memphis warehouse to rapidly respond to people's needs.
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Best Friends Animal Society:
Moving hundreds of animals out of the local shelters in Louisiana to make room for hands-on rescue work after the storm.
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Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans:
Preparing to begin a humanitarian response after the storm.
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Feed the Children:
Delivering truckloads of relief items for evacuees and storm victims.
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Food for the Poor:
Providing relief to Haiti and have created the Hurricane Gustav Relief Fund to speed additional help to storm victims.
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Mercy Corps:
Preparing to help those in harm's way through a network of local partners and neighborhood groups.
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Mississippi Hurricane Recovery Fund:
Providing relief for Mississippians impacted by Hurricane Katrina and other emergencies including Hurricane Gustav.
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Operation USA:
Partnering with established networks of community health clinics that are working around the clock to anticipate needs resulting from a major storm with storm surges.
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Salvation Army:
Preparing mobile feeding units and kitchens in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Texas.
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Save the Children:
Assisting their Gulf Coast staff with children and families as they arrive at shelters.
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World Vision International:
Coordinating with hundred of churches and community groups to host and help evacuees. Emergency supplies ready in Mississippi and Dallas; more on standby across the country.
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You can keep checking this list, we will be updating it with charities who are on the ground helping people affected by this storm as that information becomes available.

If you would like to donate in-kind goods, you can do that via the individual state portals listed here or at America Responds With Love.