Screw all the squabbling of who will or will not end up raising more funds, the right or the left, just donate what you can wherever you feel it will do the most good, where you feel most comfortable or wherever your friend told you to. On the right pane, I've made an initial list of places to donate funds compiled from this post on Whiskey Bar.
If you have $5 to spare, spare it. If you're going to the grocery store today, buy a little less if you can and donate $5 to someplace sending help to the Gulf Coast. If you're a smoker, how about giving up your $5/day or more habit for the time being and sending that money to a charity. That's as good a reason as any - besides your own health and mine and those around you - to quit.
If anyone else would like to display a list like this, the basic .txt file is here and you should be able to cut and paste it into a list on your own blog.
I'm gonna build on this initial list of a dozen charities in the coming hours, days...
Spare what you can, this will effect all of us in one way or another if it hasn't already.
If you can only spare $10, that’s $10 the Red Cross didn't have before you donated it. $10 buys a roll of gauze, or some sterile needles, or a meal, or who knows what else. Get to work.
But if you're like Melissa over at Rowhouse Logic and don't feel completely comfortable donating funds, you can also make a trip down there in the future. The entire area will be rebuilding for the next many years to come.