Here in San Francisco — actually, in most of California — we all know we’re one big earthquake away from a major failure of our infrastructure, the loss of thousands of homes and probably hundreds of lives, too. So when natural disasters strike elsewhere in the United States and around the world, I hear many San Franciscans saying that they are going to donate to relief efforts.
It seems that 2011 has seen more than its fair share of monstrous natural disasters, especially the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in March, the tornadoes in Alabama in April, the ongoing flooding of the Mississippi River, and yesterday, the tornadoes in Missouri and Kansas.
These areas all need help. To read about different groups’ efforts and to donate:
Habitat for Humanity is helping rebuilding efforts in Japan.
The Red Cross is helping everywhere.
Doctors Without Borders is providing psychological assistance for earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan.
The ASPCA is helping animals in the states affected by floods and tornadoes.
The Salvation Army is rushing to provide help in Missouri.
United Way is assisting people affected by the flooding of the Mississippi River.
The Humane Society is helping animals in need after these disasters.
The Ozarks Food Harvest food bank is accepting online donations to supply food to residents in Missouri.
Text FOOD to 27722 to donate $10 to West Alabama Food Bank.
Text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation (after you send the text, you will receive a reply asking if you would like to specify your gift for tornado relief).
Text “Joplin” to 80888 to make a $10 donation to the Salvation Army.
I will add additional recipients of charitable donations as I discover them. And now, because I’m a dog lover and because a bit of good news is a good thing among the devastation in Joplin, Missouri: video of a dog being rescued from the aftermath.