To help victims of Hurricane Katrina, please visit woodcodems.com and click on the "link of the week," which will link you to the Coalition for Rebuilding Louisiana's Coastline Web site. Here you will find a listing of several reputable organizations to donate to. You may also donate clothing and supplies locally at Baker IGA in Wisconsin Rapids or through the Salvation Army in Stevens Point. When shopping for items to donate, I urge you to think beyond water and food, and include baby formula, baby food, diapers and personal care products for adults.
If you want to assist in the pet rescue, please follow the link on woodcodems.com to the Humane Society of the United States. For many of the elderly victims of Katrina, their pets are all they have left. Without the rescue efforts of the HSUS and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (aspca.org), the health risks would be exacerbated as stray dogs would continue to form packs and pose a danger to other rescue and recovery workers in the region.
Please post an information about area businesses and organizations who may be collecting supplies for Katrina victims. In the next few days, there will be an area blood drive for hurricane victims. I will keep you posted.