Thursday, September 01, 2005

Looking For Relief In Katrina's Wake

A Message From Your Neighbors at The Community Alliance:

As the nation and much of the world came to New York's aid after 9/11, so New Yorkers are rallying to the side of those whose lives have been devastated in the aftermath of the worst Gulf Coast storm in nearly 140 years.

A natural disaster of epic proportions calls for an unparalleled relief effort -- on the part of both government and the people that government must be dedicated to serve.

Today America is asked to come together; to feed, clothe and house thousands of refugees. Not in some far-away third-world nation off the beaten path - but right here at home. Today our great nation is called upon to rebuild both cities and lives, to restore both hope and confidence, to rekindle both spirit and faith. Not in Baghdad or Kabul, or in places whose names we've never heard and can barely pronounce, but in Biloxi, New Orleans and Gulf Port. Today, we, as a people committed to the dignity of every person, are asked once again to define ourselves as Americans - our strength, our courage, our belief that, when the waters have receded and the reporters have retreated, there will remain a will and a way to triumph over tragedy. As much as it takes, as long as it takes, to turn chaos into calm, darkness into light, we will be there.

As always, charity begins at home, and it must begin with us. Listed below are just some of the accredited relief organizations accepting donations to assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The list is, by no means, all-inclusive.

Relief Organizations:Red Cross:Telephone: 1-800-HELP-NOW
General Information:
Secure E-Donations: Red Cross' Donate Now Page

Other agencies include:
United Jewish Communities: 1-877-277-2477 or
Episcopal Relief & Development: 1-800-334-7626 or
United Methodist Committee on Relief: 1-800-554-8583 or
Salvation Army: 1-800-SAL-ARMY or
Catholic Charities: 1-800-919-9338 or
Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals:
Operation Blessing: 1-800-436-6348 or
America's Second Harvest: 1-800-344-8070 or

National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster:
FEMA Charity tips:

The Community Alliance ( is an umbrella organization comprised of civic-minded individuals and community groups whose objective is to promote and enhance the quality of life of every Long Islander.

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