By Troy Corley
What better time than the month of Thanksgiving to consider those in need? With natural and man-made disasters hitting our country hard, we’ve compiled Web sites that link givers to charitable groups that reach out and help others during hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, wildfires, tornadoes or just plain tough circumstances of life.
Outside of the American Red Cross, what else is there? Plenty! What happens when people lose their homes? Habitat for Humanity International works year-round to build homes for the homeless and recently launched “Operation Home Delivery” to take on the hurricane devastation in the Gulf Coast. HurricaneHousing.org matches people who have room to spare with those in need of a place to stay.
Imagine the challenge of feeding thousands of displaced families. America’s Second Harvest is considered the nation’s food bank network. Whether you donate dollars or a case of canned goods, your donation is channeled into more than 200 food bank or food rescue organizations nationwide.
Hurricane victims have been receiving medical care on free clinic buses provided by AmeriCares, in addition to medical relief supplies.
Thousands of pets, from potbellied pigs to guinea pigs ,have been left homeless and ownerless. The Humane Society of the United States is one animal welfare advocacy group that’s rescuing and relocating these prized pets. The American Animal Hospital Association is offering free wellness checkups for hurricane animal evacuees, while Petfinder.com has set up an emergency response network to match found pets with missing owners.
Not sure which charity to give to? Try CNN’s Hurricane Katrina Help Center which has an extensive list of legitimate help organizations. The site also provides tips on how to be sure your money goes to a reputable charity.
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