I realize this is a few days late seeing as the hurricane hit the week before last, but a friend of mine lives just 70 miles from Galveston and I haven't heard from her since just before the storm hit. I'm sure she's fine, but very very busy. But that made me think more about the people down there and the devestation they have to clean up. So if everyone could spare a few thoughts for her and everyone else in the region, I’d appreciate it.
But also I know with the economy playing Twister right now that a lot of charities are suffering and I think a lot of the emergency services charities are falling short on what they can do for people in storm ravaged areas. I was thinking maybe an online garage sale on Ebay using Mission Fish so that money from the auctions goes directly to the charity of choice via Ebay would be a good way for people that can’t otherwise donate to contribute. I believe the Red Cross participates with Ebays charity program as well as some others. As usual though, I caution everyone to research the charity they choose and a simple way to do that is with Charity Navigator. They even already have a page with a list of charities to help out with Hurricane Ike relief.
Not listed on Charity Navigator I found the McCormick Foundation that has a matching program for hurricane relief. I don’t know much about this foundation as of yet, so donators beware. But I’ll include the link anyhow.
Found another useful charity, in my opinion.
Habitat for Humanity
I started a thread at Serenitymovie.org and on SFSD for a wider audience discussion, because I would like this effort to transcend any particular fandom so I’d like to get as many people as I can to help out with this and we can organize our ‘garage sale’ for a specific date. Serenitymovie.org SciFiStraightDope.com