So, it's a mess down there. We're all watching and it's just terrible and the thing that is the hardest for me is that I don't feel like there's much at all that I can do to help except give information and donate a little money to the relief efforts.
Zeneedle and a whole BUNCH of knit bloggers are doing a fund raiser over at Give A Little and they've set up a blog for it. Instead of giving my lovely laceweight yarn away here, I think it would be more effective to send my readers THERE and donate the yarn as a prize for their efforts instead of giving it away here like I'd planned originally. So go read. If you gave, let 'em know what you did - they're putting together one hell of a relief effort and some nice giveaways for people.
Here's some stuff you can do:
FEMA explains how to donate effectively:
and similarly, "What is the best way to help?
Offer to house survivors and the evacuated.
Stitches from the Heart in Santa Monica is collecting their usual
items to help babies in the hurricane aftermath area, as well as some
hurricane-specific items, which will be distributed via a church in
the Gulf region:
--NEW clothing for children, babies or anyone -- many people had to
escape in a hurry in their P.J's or just could use a fresh change of
clothes. Please note they are not collecting used or gently used
clothing, just new and unused. Underwear probably is a good idea too,
--Soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, travel hairbrush --
especially travel sized or free-from-the-hotel size or stuff from the
dollar store. Personal hygiene items that would help a displaced
person who has NOTHING. Especially soaps, they said. (We'll throw in
a few handknit washcloths!!)
--CASH -- Stitches spends more than $2,000 per month shipping hand
knit baby items to hospitals across the country. This month will
bring a hefty postage bill with the additional shipping, and with
shipping much heavier items (like soap). Even if you can't knit, you
can still help knitters helping others with a tax-deductible cash
donation to Stitches.
--Baby hats - they always need. Lots of babies are still in hospitals
with chilly A/C.
--Baby blankets - they appear to have a slight shortage now.
Hopefully Knitzilla's scrubbie blanket initiative will help a little.
Stitches From the Heart
3306 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
They are an IRS approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contact
them if you would like to have a receipt for your charitable donation.
Round up your Petco bill when you buy catfood.
http://www.yarn.com is donating 10% of all their sales from now till 9/10 to hurricane relief, via the Red Cross.
http://www.rainbowfund.org/donate/ this group is sortof like, a queer Red Cross - and not just helping the GLBT community.
http://www.livejournal.com/users/simplykimberly/341368.html - Quilts. Consider donating a square or two, some batting, etc. Our Em is sewing some patchwork squares to help with this one.
Organizations helping people:
Organizations helping animals: