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How to help: Relief resources for Hurricane Katrina victims

Here?s a list of national and local organizations that offer ways to help Hurricane Katrina victims. Go online to learn more about them and make a contribution.

The American Red Cross
www.redcross.org

The American Red Cross is providing food, water, health care, cleanup support, and information about missing persons to all victims in Louisiana and Mississippi. You can make a monetary donation at their website or learn how to become a volunteer.

The Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund
www.bushclintonkatrinafund.org

The Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund, started by former Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, is an umbrella organization for three funds started by the Louisiana and Mississippi state governments. As of now, the Fund is only accepting cash donations at their website.

Emergency Animal Rescue Service
www.uan.org/ears

The Emergency Animal Rescue Service works as part of the United Animal Nations to rescue animals left behind in disaster areas. Go online to contribute or to learn about how to protect your pets in a natural disaster.

Convoy of Hope
www.convoyofhope.org

Convoy of Hope is a faith-based organization that delivers food, water, and ice to disaster victims. You can make a donation at their website: just five dollars can purchase 10 bags of ice, enough for five families.

Salvation Army for Hurricane
Katrina
www.salvationarmy-wpa.org

The Western Pennsylvania branch of the Salvation Army is accepting donations for Hurricane Katrina victims. To make a contribution, be sure to donate in the ?disaster relief? category.

Brother?s Brother Foundation
www.brothersbrother.org

Brother?s Brother Foundation is a Pittsburgh-based charity organization that is accepting both monetary donations and materials for ?flood buckets? and ?health kits? that they will be personally delivering to victims in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Pittsburgh Habitat for Humanity
www.pittsburghhabitat.org

The Pittsburgh branch of Habitat for Humanity is accepting monetary donations for building supplies. Thirty percent of your donation will go to rebuilding efforts in Louisiana and Mississippi, and 70 percent will go to ongoing efforts in Allegheny County.