Relief efforts want money. So why do we insist on donating canned goods?

It’s hard to give up cash.

Catastrophic wildfires continue to devastate California, destroying more than 236,000 acres (including entire towns), taking at least 59 lives, and forcing tens of thousands to evacuate.

In the wake of disasters like this one, people want to donate to relief efforts. And as has been reported again and again and again, the best thing to give is not goods but money. As BuzzFeed News explains, “physical donations” like nonperishable food and clothing “need...

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