Today, the thoughts and prayers of all Americans are with those in the path of Hurricane Gustav -- and many of you are asking what you can do to help.
We do not yet know what the impact of Hurricane Gustav will be, and we hope with all our hearts that the damage will not be as great as it was three years ago.
But we know there will be damage, and there is something you can do right now.
Your financial support will strengthen organizations like the American Red Cross that are evacuating Gulf Coast residents and planning to help communities get back on their feet.
Make a donation to support the American Red Cross today.
At times like this, it is our compassion and resilience that define who we are as a nation.
Please give whatever you can afford, even $10, to make sure the American Red Cross has the resources to help those in the path of this storm:
Thank you for your generosity, and I hope you will join Michelle and me in praying for the safety of those in the path of the storm and the first responders who are doing all they can to ensure the safety of their communities.
On the actual Red Cross page, there is this warning, so if you get an e-mail from Madeline Cox as given below, PLEASE ignore it:
Fraudulent Email Alert
Currently, a fraudulent email posing as the American Red Cross is soliciting members of the public. The email describes the sender as “Madelyn Cox firstname.lastname@example.org”. This is NOT a legitimate email. Do not give your personal information to this email. This and other such abuses are immediately brought to the attention of American Red Cross’ legal department. We are alerting the public as well, to ensure that donors’ personal contact details are not compromised.
Save the Children
Another agency I've supported for over 25 years is Save the Children. They are helping with relief efforts for the flooding in India and the earthquake in China, and I'm certain they'll be setting up funds for the Dominican Republic and other Caribbean areas damaged by Gustav. You can reach them here .