Everybody can lend a hand!
Shouldn’t we collect used clothing and blankets? One agency that organizes volunteers to send blankets is the Mennonite Central Committee. However, again, a key to helping is coordinating your efforts with such a group. Following hurricanes, earthquakes, devastating tornados and disastrous floods, people everywhere want to help. However, advises the University of Florida’s Disaster Handbook, “despite the public's best intentions, donated goods that are unsolicited or inappropriate frequently cause more harm than good. Unnecessary and unmanageable items can compete with essential relief goods for the limited capacity of personnel and operating facilities, and in turn, delay the delivery of necessary provisions to those most urgently in need.”