In the face of a tragedy like Hurricane Katrina its easy to succumb to the paralysis of insignifance. We ask "“How Can I Help?” and yet we know that nothing we do is adequate to alleviate the pain and suffering. But just because we can't do enough does not relieve us of our duty to do something, however modest it might be, to serve those who need us.
--Joe Carter, The Evangelical Outpost
As you page through your favorite blogs today you'll find that most of them are mentioning Hurricane Katrina and encouraging donations to aid the victims of the devastating storm and floods. There are many ways you can help, but if you want to know where my money's going, it's to the Southern Baptist Relief Fund.
I've chosen this organization because it's staffed entirely by volunteers, meaning that my money won't be spent on salaries and administration, but directly benefit the hurricane victims. Well-organized, carefully trained, and highly effective, the Southern Baptists have been involved in disaster relief for the past 35 years. They'll be sending over 1,000 volunteers in at least 100 mobile Disaster Relief units to the cities ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. The Red Cross has asked Southern Baptist volunteers to be ready to serve meals to 300,000 people a day. They'll also be helping with cleanup work.
As Joe Carter says, we'll never be able to do enough for these homeless, heartbroken, terrified people. But we can do something.
There are lots of good relief organizations out there. If you'd like to put in a plug for your favorites, please leave a comment (and give us links).
Glenn Reynolds is compiling a list of bloggers who are posting on this subject today, along with links to the relief organizations they're recommending.
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Just a few minutes ago, Harlequin Publisher and CEO Donna Hayes e-mailed the Harlequin authors to announce that the company has made a contribution to the American Red Cross and set up a link on eHarlequin.com to encourage further donations.