I might have a lead on where to take clothes: I’m emailing with a guy from one of the local churches who is providing aid. If I get more information, I’ll post it here ASAP. Of course, donate money to the Red Cross if you haven’t already.
Helpful info from people’s comments to this site:
“Move on” has set up a website to couple up people who have some extra room with those in need it’s Hurricane Housing.
“Best Friends” is down there saving pets that were left behind or otherwise spotted. Donations needed for the animals. bestfriends.org
Also, you can donate your pocket change to the Red Cross through Coinstar, the change machines located all over Indy. I wasn’t able to determine if they donate 100% of your change, or if they take a percentage, but either way, it’s an option. You basically dump your change in, specify the charity, and they give you a tax-deductible receipt.
Knight Ridder Newspapers:
Away from the coast and cameras, victims cope without much help
Like thousands of her rural neighbors, 72-year-old Gloria Jean Watts said she sympathizes with those suffering in the coastal cities. But she’s hot, hungry and almost out of blood pressure medicine after a week of camping in a neighbor’s sweltering living room and subsisting on a diet of little more than canned sausages.
Many didn’t have the means to flee Katrina’s path
Data show that those in hard-hit areas are mostly poor and lack transportation
Many Evacuated, but Thousands Still Waiting
White House Shifts Blame to State and Local Officials
Storm Exposed Disarray at the Top
Rebuffed Offers of Aid
Times-Picayune, via Editor & Publisher:
An Angry ‘Times-Picayune’ Calls for Firing of FEMA Chief and Others in Open Letter to President On Sunday
“Every official at the Federal Emergency Management Agency should be fired, Director Michael Brown especially. In a nationally televised interview Thursday night, he said his agency hadn’t known until that day that thousands of storm victims were stranded at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. He gave another nationally televised interview the next morning and said, “We’ve provided food to the people at the Convention Center so that they’ve gotten at least one, if not two meals, every single day.””
Guardsmen ‘played cards’ amid New Orleans chaos: police official
Chicago Sun-Times:Daley ‘shocked’ as feds reject aid
“A visibly angry Mayor Daley said the city had offered emergency, medical and technical help to the federal government as early as Sunday to assist people in the areas stricken by Hurricane Katrina, but as of Friday, the only things the feds said they wanted was a single tank truck.”
Despite Warnings, Washington Failed to Fund Levee Projects
For example, Lt. Gen. Carl Strock, the Corps commander, conceded Friday that the government had known the New Orleans levees could never withstand a hurricane higher than a Category 3. Corps officials shuddered, he said, when they realized that Katrina was barreling down on the Gulf Coast with the vastly greater destructive force of a Category 5 — the strongest type of hurricane. Washington, he said, had rolled the dice.