The narthex of my church was stacked with food and clothes last night when I dropped my contribution off. A truck will be heading to NJ this morning to deliver the supplies to a Sandy-smashed area.
My contribution was underwear and socks. I've read that those are something that they don't get in abundance after a disaster. I know from camping and caving that changing into clean underwear and socks after spending a long period of time damp and dirty is a marvelous feeling, so that's what I opted for.
I noticed that somebody had thought of something that had completely escaped me - pet food. If you are picking up items to send, don't forget the pets. Yes, humans come first, but our pets are our responsibility and they need fed and sheltered, too. And they have a profound effect on our psychological well-being. My greatest fear of ending up in a nursing home comes from my fear of losing my pets because of it. And I would be frantic if I couldn't care for my babies.