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  •  I really want to do something direct (none)
    Maybe I can riffle through our clothing and pack up everything we don't need or doesn't fit and figure out a way to get that sent to Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

    So many of these people have NOTHING left but the clothes on their backs and maybe what they fit in their cars. Some less than that.

    A clothing drive in Lowell might be just the thing (clothing, stuffed animals, whatever). Get the whole community to go through their closets.

    The Red Cross and the other NGO's would rather get money to buy food, water, etc, but used clothing is something that needs to be physically donated.

    Anyone know how we can get donated clothing to an NGO that would send them to the Gulf?

    •  Don't send goods directly there! (none)
      If anything, send clothing to an organization like Feed the Children. But don't send directly to the affected areas OR to Red Cross, etc.

      Red Cross etc need money. They need money so they can purchase specific supplies, like bleach for purifying water, antibiotics, bandages, diapers, etc.

    •  Every charity I've heard about (none)
      is saying don't send clothes, send money or nothing.

      Some churches may be collecting clothing for later distribution, but from what I understand, it's a logistical nightmare sorting it and sizing it.

      I understand about wanting to do something to help; I too am broke.

      In the DC area, at least, the Red Cross is looking for volunteers to man phones. I tried phoning the number given on the news, but it's a voice mail and the mailbox is full. Still, there may be someone at the number tomorrow. (703-206-6829 for those of you in the DC area)

      Try calling your local Red Cross and ask them what you can do to help.

      If Jesus came back and saw what's going on in His name, He'd never stop throwing up. -- Frederick, in "Hannah and her Sisters"

      by Hastur on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 07:58:14 PM PDT

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      •  There's always more used clothing (none)
        than anyone knows what to do with in this country, or in all the countries we ship it to as 'charity'.  There's never a shortage. I agree - call the Red Cross.

        "Virginia Woolf's idea of a room of one's own has never been the place for middle- and working-class women. We work with interruptions." - Ananya Chatterjea

        by sarac on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 09:03:22 PM PDT

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    •  We're also broke (none)
      But the children went to school today and asked their principals to make an announcement to collect $1 from each child and school employee. We did this to contribute to tsunami aid. The school donated the money to the Red Cross. Most people here are living in poverty (I've seen people scrounging around for $1 worth of change to pay for gas. this area was very pro-bushco) But, we were able to help tsunami survivors and now we will help our fellow Americans.

      Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. Eleanor Roosevelt

      by blueohio on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 09:04:45 PM PDT

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