Talking about what you see on TV, in newspapers, or online can
help you deal with your feelings about the aftermath
of disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes. In addition to
talking about it, though, many people find the best way to deal
with the news of a tragedy is to help.
Here are a few things you can do:
Make a donation.
The following organizations are just a few that accept cash
donations when people are affected by natural disasters:
- American Red Cross: (800) HELP-NOW
- Hurricane Katrina New Orleans Recovery Fund: (877)
- Salvation Army: (800) 725-2769
- UNICEF: (800) 4UNICEF
But what if you're a little strapped for cash? Helping
doesn't have to mean spending money. Here are some other things
you can do:
Organize a school fundraiser.
Talk with your teacher or school administrators about starting
school-based activities to raise money or supplies. If you're
organizing a donation drive, check with the groups listed above to
be sure they need the items you plan to send. Sometimes they get
too many donations and have to spend money storing or handling the
Organize a community event.
Talk to your place of worship or a local community center (like the
YMCA) about organizing a walk, run, bake sale, or other activity to
Donate clothes, food, or other items.
Check with your local community center or place of worship to find
out whether you can drop off donations or if there's another
way you can contribute. (Again, it's a good idea to check with
the organizations listed above to be sure they need the things you
plan to send.)
You don't need a big group of people to make a difference.
Every donation, regardless of size, helps to rebuild communities
that are hit by natural disasters.
Mary L. Gavin, MD
Date reviewed: September 2005
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice,
diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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