I've received a cavalcade of posts to this journal requesting that you join several Katrina Help communities and sites, where people have set up fly-by-night charities that range from asking that you donate craft items to be sold for aid money all the way to telling you to package up food to be sent there.
Quite simply - if you want to help right now
, and not in two months time - donate to the American Red Cross
. Despite reservations that people have, they're the only ones out there now, and they can translate your donation into physical action faster than anyone else. I'm not associated with them in any way. This is what I've picked up from reading reports from rescue workers in New Orleans, such as this one. http://www.katrinahelp.info
is a good resource for information and guides.