What’s not helpful? There have been a number of articles, reminders, and stories that make the cased for NOT sending clothes and supplies to an area unless it has been requested by a reputable and accountable aid group involved with recovery. There are too many heart-breaking stories of well-intentioned people, who try to help, only to find out their efforts were wasted- or worse. The story on last week’s CBS Sunday morning is an especially painful reminder.
So what helps? Here are some things to keep in mind: