The devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina have impacted hundreds of thousands of people along the Gulf Coast and have left many in need of food, water, shelter, clothing and other critical assistance. Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is in contact with AmeriCares to determine the specific needs of the victims and how the outdoor community can best help. AmeriCares has sent an emergency response team to assess the most important needs and will be providing OIA with a list of requested in-kind donations within the next 48 to 72 hours.
Our industry has developed a strong rapport with AmeriCares since rallying to support their Tsunami relief efforts. AmeriCares has indicated that while they are grateful for any assistance, they will only be able to accept bulk product donations at this time. OIA will provide you with an update as soon as this information becomes available. In the meantime, cash donations are always needed. To make a cash donation, please contact:
AmeriCares 1-800-486-HELP (4357) http://www.americares.org/
American Red Cross 1-800-HELP-NOW http://www.redcross.org/
The Staff at Outdoor Industry Association