The Culture Ghost
has made a note to himself
to take the money that he would normally spend on Christmas and use it to help the victims of Katrina.
If you can't make that commitment, remember: there are any number of projects that offer various merchandise with the proceeds going to disaster relief that can be used as gifts.
You can make donations in the name of those on your gift list and many organizations will send a letter acknowledging the gift to the person.
This is a long-term problem and I think we can all agree that the government is not up to the task.