On Monday it looked like New Orleans had dodged the maelstrom. But now it appears that the worst really has happened. The Big Easy will never be the same.
I'm planning to donate some money today. I figured American Red Cross was the obvious choice -- but now Glenn Reynolds has posted a list of charities that doesn't even include it (perhaps he considered it too obvious?). [UPDATE: As Gil points out in the comments, I just overlooked the Red Cross link.] Does anyone know any reason I should not give to the American Red Cross? Diminishing returns from insufficient staff to handle the level of donations, perhaps? I'd like for my contribution, paltry though it may be, to have its best possible effect.
I was also planning to empty my closet of all those clothes I don't wear any more and give them to the Salvation Army, but they're not accepting in-kind contributions at this time.
UPDATE: I looked into a few other organizations, but ultimately I went with the Red Cross.