Claire & Licia - I agree with both of you! I saw first hand what the Red Cross was like during Hugo and will never give another cent to them. I think the administrative costs for Salvation Army are much lower than the Red Cross. I hate to say that, because they've been such an institution for so many years, but if the shoe fits---
Re - where to donate items; listen to your local TV and radio stations, churches, etc. Hubbie's station just had a drive on Friday, and raised 90,000 gallons of water and $4500 cash with a donated semi and driver; they'll do the same on Wednesday. If your local stations aren't doing anything, call them up and ask WHY!!!
Contact your local Salvation Army or food bank to see if they're making collections. And also if you want to volunteer - they're training volunteers now.
If you live in an area where they're setting up camps, contact the camp to see what they need; one woman posted on my work forum that a camp in Atlanta needs things like pharmacy cards (be sure to check what local pharmacies there are), stamped post cards, underwear, socks, diapers, and infant formula.
If you can offer housing, go here to register:
And - can't remember if I posted this or not -
We CAN all help with ways other than money; sometimes you just need to be a little resourceful!