As the terrible fires of 2012 grind on, you will probably want to help in some way.
Helping out in an emergency, however, is not as simple as you might think. A basic rule of thumb is to give money, not things. Here is a list of Do's and Don'ts of Helping During a Disaster.
As for where to give your money, my favorite is always the American Red Cross. They are always on the ground when disaster strikes and have the infrastructure to provide targeted help. A recent initiative by the Red Cross is its Social Media Disaster Response Center, which is a first for relief organizations.
If you would like more choices of organizations to give to, check out this article from the local ABC TV station in Denver.
Photo: COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - JUNE 28: Incident Commander Rich Harvey speaks to the media at a news conference near the site of the Waldo Canyon fire on June 28, 2012 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The massive fire, which eased slightly with the help of cooler temperatures and lighter winds, has destroyed hundreds of homes and forced more than 35,000 people to flee. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)