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New Orleans, Hurricanes and Poets - Update - Karen, see #435

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425 posted 09-03-2005 10:37 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Our church here in Ft. Lauderdale has taken in 50 families and set up living conditions for them where they will be fed and sheltered until they can get back on their feet. This is what America is all about - not sitting around complaining about what the government is NOT doing - but ordinary citizens getting out doing it themselves. There has never been such an outpour of generosity as there is now. I am proud of our people......
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426 posted 09-03-2005 10:42 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

quote:
This is what America is all about - not sitting around complaining about what the government is NOT doing - but ordinary citizens getting out doing it themselves.

Amen.
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427 posted 09-03-2005 11:23 PM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

Reb....they were not as of yesterday, because they just can't handle it logistically....so they have asked for things to be sent to Salvation Army and Red Cross...so they can sort, etc.  If I find out more, I'll let you know.  We took our things direct to Salvation Army which has stations all over Houston.  If you want to ship to me, let me know and we will take them to the local dropoffs for you.  It's my understanding there are other shelters around the area, too...heard of one in Katy (which is a Houston suburb).  It makes sense to put the things in the hands of the location rescue organizations so they can allocate and distribute.  Also, because many, many people from LA are in town but not necessarily at the Astrodome (maybe in motels or with family or with people who have just volunteered to take them in) and most probably, they'll go to Salvation Army or local religious organizations for help (in addition to FEMA and Red Cross).  

Heard also today that a number of the misplaced will find find temporary shelter in Huntsville, TX, San Antonio and Dallas, too name a few.  
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428 posted 09-03-2005 11:47 PM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

Just heard Chief Justice Willian Rehnquist died. The news is already on another big story.  

[This message has been edited by iliana (09-04-2005 04:44 PM).]

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Reb -- got this bit of information about sending things to AstroDome from a yahoo Astrodome chat site:  

Houston Astrodome
One Reliant Park
Houston, TX 77054

Identify the box as HURRICANE RELIEF/CLOTHING.

Guess in your case, you'd put /TOYS.

Also... in that same chat room, there was an email requesting clothes items to be taken directly to the National Guard.  

Hope that helps.
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Almost every city that is taking in refugees will also need some extra help sorting through and distributing these items. Any volunteer time you can give to any local community assistance group helps the overall giving system. I volunteer at a local Catholic charity thrift store and food bank, and they NEVER have enough helpers on a regular basis. So its an ongoing thing, this charity and giving business. If you can't give this month, give next month or when you can, it all adds up.
I am proud to be a member of this poetic family chain of Love, which continues to extend kindness and generosity.
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431 posted 09-04-2005 03:02 AM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

Kacy, *hugging you* just because....jo
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Jo, wish I could bring some stuff to Houston myself, just to meet you in 3D!
Thank you for being so kind as to accept delivery of some items for whichever group can get the goods to those in need. It doesn't matter to me who does the giving, just so the ones who are needy get what they need with dignity and respect. MUAH!
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433 posted 09-04-2005 07:21 AM       View Profile for Earth Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Earth Angel's Home Page   View IP for Earth Angel

Everywhere I go, here in Ontario, people are having fundraisers, food drives, collecting donations of clothes and supplies and money ~ from country markets to Canada postal stations. Children are even selling cookies and lemonade outside their homes to make money to send to the victims of Katrina. People are gathering around the world to help our American friends in need.

God bless the victims and all those who are lending a helping hand.

Linda
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434 posted 09-04-2005 10:48 AM       View Profile for littlewing   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for littlewing

Thanks Reb, thats what I was looking for.  If anyone can give me an address for boys clothing, toddler to 5 years, I will send.  I have a TON of toys and stuffed animals.
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435 posted 09-04-2005 02:17 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Karen   call me please, important news, unless you already got a phone call.     
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436 posted 09-04-2005 02:42 PM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

Ok...here's the latest on how you can help in Houston with time, things or money:  
http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/nation/3338667

Apparently, there is now a concern about where to store all the clothes which have been donated...they are currently looking for a warehouse where they won't get damaged.  

Also, I heard the local women's shelter was taking in women and children.  They normally accept clothing donations, as well, but I don't know if they are overwhelmed with that or not yet.  Still investigating.  
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437 posted 09-04-2005 02:52 PM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

Here in Houston, local religious organizations, youth organizations, fraternities and sororities are volunteering their time at the astrodome and other places,and ROTC and Junior ROTC are pitching in.  Things are really moving.  
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438 posted 09-04-2005 03:40 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

FYI, the Humane Society of the US (HSUS)
has finally been allowed into the devastated areas today, and have begun a massive rescue attempt of stranded animals.
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439 posted 09-04-2005 03:59 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

To paraphrase Reb a few moments/hours/days ago...

Everyone walk away from their computer, breathe, do something else for a moment, just to regain composure.

You've all been doing so much around the clock, and God bless each and every one.  But we all need a break...and yea, I know I'm a good one to talk?  

But the laundry is done.
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440 posted 09-04-2005 06:18 PM       View Profile for SmartChick   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit SmartChick's Home Page   View IP for SmartChick

Where is your Katrina Website, Vicky?
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441 posted 09-04-2005 06:34 PM       View Profile for passing shadows   Email passing shadows   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for passing shadows

http://katrina.raynedaycreations.com/
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thanks Kacy

that's great news!
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Yes, Dixie, it was good news. It's the same with the animals as with the people, that for too many...we are too late
But we may be just in time to rescue several hundred critters and someday get them reunited with their families.
It's important to those displaced families that they find their beloved pets.
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Yes Kacy, I read some of the heart-breaking stories, and I know how important pets are to those people. I'm a cat person. I have a stray cat where I work and we've formed quite a bond. I couldn't imagine being without him since the hours are long and he's the only one that really hangs out with me there. I think I spend more time with kitty than I do with any human being. He has become very special to me.

  

My prayers are for those who didn't make it out, and for those who make it out, to be reunited with their families.
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445 posted 09-04-2005 09:54 PM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

FYI -- Second Baptist Church of Houston is heading up the relief effort as regards to clothing for victims of the hurricane.  
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446 posted 09-04-2005 10:09 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Hi everyone.  

I just spoke with Karen at length, that is until the mosquitoes forced her inside     She wanted me to pass this information along to you about Rayne Civic Center, in Rayne, LA as she saw the good they were doing today.  They are helping so many displaced persons from the hurricane disaster and do not receive any government funding.  They are at the moment in dire need of items.  She asked me to post this for them in case anyone wished to donate items on the list they have posted at this website.  (Please scroll down to shelters in Rayne.)
http://www.acadiaparishpolicejury.org/index_files/MoreInformation.htm

Karen wished for me to express her sincere gratitude to all of you here for your concern, and is humbled by the outcry of love from the poets of this site, and the generosity of Ron to allow this thread for communication.  

She wanted me to also let you know she saw first hand today some very real situations that were extremely heart-wrenching.  Her heart goes out to all those suffering personal loss, loss of family members or friends, and those separated from their family or friends.  She stressed there were so many she saw worse off than she finds herself to be right now, not only in LA, but the entire Gulf Coast.

Please keep her and her family in your prayers, along with all those suffering, and thank you.

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447 posted 09-04-2005 11:33 PM       View Profile for littlewing   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for littlewing

Helping Animals

Noahs Wish is an amazing place for helping animals through the disaster - thanks to inkedgoddess.
http://www.noahswish.org/Hurricane%20Katrina.htm

Its legit and supported by every major organization.  

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448 posted 09-04-2005 11:38 PM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

Mysteria --
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Is there somewhere I can find cell phone numbers.  I can't find my brother or his family.  They have a cell phone but I don't have it and my other brother can't find it. I've moved and they don't have my phone number where I live.
 
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