Someone on Facebook shared this excellent article on “disorganized generosity” in times of disaster.
We all want to help but must do it well.
In a nutshell, DO donate cash to reputable organizations, DO NOT ship blankets, shoes, clothing, stuffed animals, medicine, pet food, food, and DO NOT randomly show up at a scene of a disaster.
Organizations like the Red Cross and Animal Humane Society have the “know how” to distribute and obtain items- and it creates a ton of labor and organization to open, inspect, sort, repackage, and distribute items. Cash is best- organizations can also buy stuff, like food, on site — which helps the local economy.