A World of Help
Providing water, food, clothing, housing and mental health care. Contact www.redcross.org or 1-800-HELP NOW. To donate blood call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE
Monetary contributions cover costs to distribute large corporate donations of food, water and other basics, americares.org
•FARM AID will assist family farmers affected by the hurricane. To donate: www.farmaid.org
•FIRST BOOK is giving books to displaced children. A $5 donation sends one book. Go to www.firstbook.org
The Lake Charles, La., group's five ships usually carry aid to foreign disaster sites. Send flashlights, batteries, dry goods, linens, generators, diapers, canned foods and can openers to: Friend Ships, Port Mercy, 1019 N. First Ave., Lake Charles, LA., 70601 or see www.friendships.org for information.
•HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Money and construction materials given now will be used to build on the Gulf Coast. Volunteers can sign up at www.habitatforhumanity.org
•THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES is rescuing and housing abandoned animals. www.hsus.org
•NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING & EXPLOITED CHILDREN
They aren't taking donations but are maintaining an online clearinghouse to match kids and parents separated by the storm. See www.missingkids.com or call 1-800-THE LOST (1-800-843-5678)
•THE SALVATION ARMY
A $100 donation will feed a family of four for two days, provide two cases of drinking water and a household cleaning kit. Contact www.salvationarmyusa.org
•UNITED WAY OF AMERICA
The group will support dozens of communities that have taken in evacuees and provide long-term recovery to the devastated areas, www.unitedway.org
•WWW.RC-KATRINA.COM and WWW.CRAIGSLIST.COM
Not charities but Web sites matching refugees with people who have rooms or homes to spare.
Allison Adato, Bill Hewitt, Nancy Jeffrey, Bob Meadows, Susan Schindehette, Jill Smolowe, Michelle Tauber and Alex Tresniowski. Reported by Darla Atlas, K.C. Baker, Adrienne Bard, Jenni Bergal, Cary Caldwell, Kathryn Casey, Alicia Dennis, Michael Haederle, Jeff Hanson, Steve Helling, Anne Lang, Susan Mandel, Bill Minutaglio, Joe Nick Patoski, John Perra, Ryan Pienciak, Shannon Richardson, Sean Scully and Jeff Truesdell.