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Other Ways to Help — The List Goes On
posted by Amy

As I've followed the news about Hurricane Katrina's devastating impact and the horrifyingly slow governmental response, I've felt frustrated by how little it seems I can do to help. I've got three kids to take care of and classes to teach, so I can't take off to do a week or two of Red Cross volunteer work. My family has donated money to the Red Cross, but not as much as we'd like, since like many families we live on a budget.

So I went looking for other ways to help the people who lost so much during this past week. Here's some of what I found:

You know all those pennies you pick up out of the washing machine after the kids' clothes have been washed? It's no myth; they really do add up. Take your coin jar to a Coinstar machine at your local supermarket and donate to the Red Cross that way.

Maybe your kids, if they're old enough to know what's going on, want to donate some of their piggy bank money, or even have a lemonade stand with all proceeds going to hurricane relief efforts. Maybe your son's teacher would let you stick a jar in the classroom with a sign saying "Donate to the Red Cross here." Perhaps you and your neighbors can have a garage sale and donate your profits to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Click here for other creative ways to help.

Have room to spare? Here's one of the many places you can register to provide accommodations to those in need.

Are you a knitter? Knit blankets for hurricane victims. Learn more at Warm Up America.

The BlackAmericaWeb.com Relief Fund has been set up by nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner.

Donate a backpack full of goods for kids through the Back on Track Care Packs program set up by Big Mama's Church in Portland, Oregon.

The Katrina Literary Collective has been created to collect and distribute books to victims of the hurricane. For more information, contact the Amber Communications Group at amberbk@aol.com.

The Southern Arts Federation has set up an Emergency Relief Fund to assist arts organizations and artists in those communities most devastated by Katrina.

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