Please take a look at this amazing tribute page my friend Arlene put together for all of us:
ARLENE'S Katrina victims TRIBUTE PAGE!
I have been doing a bit of research finding out what is being collected and where to send it and that's what this page is about. I hope it helps get those needed items down to our Heavenly Father's children who need them for comfort right now. You can check out these websites for yourself and decide where your energies are best spent.
I will be adding more as I find the ones that I am fairly certain are reliable. I am using my best judgment posting these. Please email me your choices.
Here are pages with lists of places to help:
Network for Good
CNN's List of People who have made it to safety and have signed in.
Crafters United - crafters are making items for auction. Funds are being donated to the Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund
Facecloths for Victims
Patterns for making items for LDS Humanitarian
Project Linus - blankets for kids
Stitching in Action - yahoo group accepting aida cloth, cross stitched squares to make into a blanket to auction. Proceeds will be sent to the Disaster Relief Fund.
Squares for Survivors - collecting 6" granny squares to be made into blankets for the victims of Katrina in Central Louisiana
www.hsus.org (Humane Society of the US)
CHURCHES and others
Catholic Charities USA
LDS-Charities - how can I help page
--- Operation Families for Katrina Aid
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
United Jewish Communities
United Methodist Disaster Relief
Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund
Habitat for Humanity
Save the Children
OTHER ITEMS needed
LDS Humanitarian needs NEWBORN kits too and those contain newborn booties
Making items in advance
In the coming months there will be many needs for the people who have been relocated. Many local charities will be accepting warm items, blankets, mittens, hats and so forth. Meanwhile, we need to be making and putting such items away for the time when we will have legitimate places to take them or send them. Quilts will be needed, so be sure if you are a quilter, to cut squares or piece together quilts of all sizes.
You can also make such items now and mail them to LDS Humanitarian who continually distribute such items as needed. The address is listed on my page linked above. They accept items year round and have an incredibly efficient system in place to distribute items quickly.
Immediately needed are HYGIENE KITS as those are being sent out currently, along with newborn kits.
background photo courtesy lds.org