Just wanted to add my plea to those many bloggers who are encouraging others to contribute generously to the relief of the those suffering through the Katrina disaster–undoubtably the greatest natural disaster to hit the U.S., ever. Truly heartbreaking.
I have sent my contribution to World Vision. While often mentioned in international relief, they have excellent capabilities and track record in national disasters as well. Furthermore, they are an organization of high integrity, and a very large percentage of you contribution will go to those in need, and to where you direct it. I have family and friends who work for this organization and cannot recommend them highly enough.
Whatever charity you choose, please give generously. Let our character as generous Americans prevail, remembering how greatly we have been blessed and sacrificing for those in need.