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

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Kit McCallum
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150 posted 08-30-2005 06:09 AM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

Dixie ... Karen & family, I'm glad to know you're all safe.
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Dittoing Kit...

and Jo?  Carla, too.  Call Cathy, find out what her plans are...
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Glad to know everyone is safe. I know you're anxious to get home Karen..take it one day at a time. Right now is there anything you need? How are the kids handling this? Do you have a generator or can you buy one as you may need it when you do get home?
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Dixie, thank goodness all is well...my oh my those looters really make me angry...but thank goodness for you and yours...thank you for checking in!!!!  


Karen, if you need anything, please let us know.  Just quickly read through this thread and know that prayers are being sent for your nephews, friends, neighbors who stayed behind.  God bless you Karen, and please know, that I have a spare bedroom if ever need be.  

Also, Ron, thank goodness for you and this very articulate caring site...muuuuuahhhhh

Thanks to all of you, this news will make this day go a little better.

Please if you will, I have a poet friend Bonnie, who lives in Ohio and well, if you could remember her in your prayers...cuz I believe their going to be hammered with floods today.

I'm so happy Karen and Dixie are well.

Anyone hear from Toe?

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indeed...prayers for Carla and Bonnie
and everyone who is in this mess

thank you Kit, Lee, Karilea, Jo...wow, the love in this place is just overwhelming

but what about the levee? How are they going to fix it, or are they?
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155 posted 08-30-2005 08:20 AM       View Profile for littlewing   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for littlewing

There's Dix - was VERY worried about you.


If anyone CAN help, here is a link and phone number to helping people in the midst of Katrina:
http://www.redcross.org/

Financial donations are the best, but we all know, not everyone can do this, including me, so I will do the rest. The best that I can.

The Red Cross is looking for large, bulk wrapped donations of single products or more instead of clothes and items due to the cost of packaging, etc. It is better to go to a local BJ's or Sam's Club, purchase bulk items and contact your local.

You can donate money, food, time, etc, there is also a toll free # there to call.

This link is for items, food, clothing, spare change, there are coinstar machines at your local grocery stores: http://www.redcross.org/donate/donateinkind.html

Contact your local chapter, they will guide you from there.  On the site, just enter your zip to find your local. http://www.redcross.org/where/where.html

They are also looking for unused airline miles. http://www.redcross.org/donate/donatemiles.html

This is for physical relief aid at the site, you only need to be over 17 with a valid drivers lic, training is provided: http://redcross.volunteermatch.org/results/opp_detail.jsp?oppid=41926

They are also looking for medical supplies and drug donations (from pharmaceuticals only) for the ill.   I will contact the hospitals here, I am sure they are well on their way.

Karen and Twist?  Forces greater than us got you guys out of there, it will get the rest of your family out too.  I saw the devestation, I was just sick to my stomach. Am just glad you are not there, in the middle of it, although, I , too, would be sickened at watching, I had to stop.  

May nature grant the rest of you peace and drive this force to rest.

As for everyone else in the middle of this?  

A dry, good morning to you and here is hoping that today, she gets tired beating the land up for a day.

If I could give everything I own or my time, I would and if ANYONE needs help.  My email is here.  Just ask. I will do whatever I am able.

Believe in yourselves.  Be smart and know you are all loved.

Candles constantly lit, If I am able to find anything you need - just let me know.  

Please - if anyone hears any news from others, please post.  

I will be busy getting aid to everyone I can.
They should really list bottle return on that site, a lot of people don't even have spare change, you know?

[This message has been edited by littlewing (08-30-2005 08:52 AM).]

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Just heard from Toe, he's fine, says they received a lot of wind & rain, but all is well.  

Littlewing, thanks so much for this much needed information...hugs to you for the research and links.

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While the "bad" news is abounding all over the path of destruction, the news is nothing but smiles here with our friends and family on PIP... I am more greatful that most away from here could imagine at the reports from everyone.

I would like to heartily second Sue's request for aid with the Red Cross, and all of the other organizations that it's going to take to get everyone through this.
I am on call for the disaster for my local Red Cross (being a 3 year member of the disaster relief team). I don't know if they are going to be calling for people from this area, however if they do, I will get you guys on the ground reports from the scene.

Continued prayers are greatfully accepted on the vitims behalf.

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158 posted 08-30-2005 11:17 AM       View Profile for Nightshade   Email Nightshade   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nightshade's Home Page   View IP for Nightshade

Still prayin' here for ya Karen, Twist and all of those affected by the hurricane.
Karen? COME TO CANADA ... COME TO CANADA !!
Seriously, if it weren't such a long way ... you are all welcome here with open arms. Even the pups. My Meeka is willing to share her kibble..tiny as it may be. just tryin' to give you a smile my witchyfriendlady
Hugging you in my heart. Chrislane
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159 posted 08-30-2005 11:21 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Please forgive me folks, for using the forum as my telephone, but the circuits are busy, and I'm having trouble contacting my family. (That means you too, Mysteria, "all circuits busy" here.)

Twist? If you can get in touch with Shane (I tried last night and couldn't get through) tell him to get Shawn, and try to make their way to Waggaman. (Shawn is in bad spirits after riding out the storm, and apparently although most of the streets in the Terrytown area are less flooded, the intersections make car travel impossible. (Shawn said the car sits too low to navigate the flood waters.)

Highway 90 may still be passable, and hopefully we can at least meet up here, before we figure out how to meet up with you and Mom. (Mark is taking a leave of absence and will probably head this way, unless we head north--we're still trying to find a suite somewhere.)

Although our homes are still there services are obviously unavailable--so for health and safety reasons, they should both evacuate anyway.

I'm having trouble getting through on the phone, so try to call us, k?

And God bless you Ron, for this place--Pip has truly been shelter from the storm for me and my family.

and yeah, my head hurts. sigh...

thanks again folks...and hugging Dixie too.

It's truly a nightmare.

oh and twist? here's a smile for you--we did get a call from "Brother" Tim--who is apparently somewhere in Baton Rouge--he wanted to know if we were going to charge him for rent this month.

*grin* I shoulda told him yes, just to torment him, but I didn't have the heart.

love to all and?

sigh--I pray everyone is safe.
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160 posted 08-30-2005 11:40 AM       View Profile for passing shadows   Email passing shadows   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for passing shadows

God... I'm just in tears now

there were convoys of Emergency Operations vehicles going down Highway 90 enroute Westward when I was driving home from work this morning...

what a massive effort here...and such love and hope..we will begin again!

Karen, hugs to you this morning....you are so loved
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gawd lady Karen, I wish I could take you and your precious family into my home for as long as it takes...and hug you longer

I'm so sorry about all this
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162 posted 08-30-2005 12:09 PM       View Profile for Susan Caldwell   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Susan Caldwell

Karen,

Is it just you that can't get a phone line out or is it also busy where you are trying to call?

If I can help by making phone calls email me with numbers, names and messages and I will burn up the phone lines.

There is an entire web site of people here wanting to help...tell us what you need.  

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yes Susan, well said!
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Karen?...

I know I'm not Twist, but I know she's not getting to check in very often right now... so it could be awhile before she sees your message...

In the meantime, if you'd like me to try and call Shane for you, I will be more than happy to do that...

It may take me awhile to reach him, but I will keep trying until I finally do contact him...

Either that, or if you want to e-mail me with a number where I can call Twist to pass on your message, that would work too...

I'm here... and will do whatever I can to help... just let me know what you need from me...

Love you, Karen...
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165 posted 08-30-2005 01:07 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Ah shucks, you know I love ya!     I still try over and over to reach you guys and am also looking for accommodations for you myself.  Hang in there!

See, if you can get your friend's generator, or pick up one along the way if possible, as I do think you will need one when you return.
Unless...you want to come to B.C.   I know a talkative blonde would love that and she likes dogs?

Praying for you guys and all of the victims.  This sure hits even way up here in so many way.  I can't reach you either, "Due to the hurricane in the area you are calling, your call cannot be completed as dialed."  This sux.

Another thanks to Ron, for giving us this home away from home where family clings together.
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Just this morning, my church and a local raido station have gotten together to organize a collection of needed items for the families displaced by this devastation.

One of the drives will coordinate collecting items that parents need for the care of infants and toddlers ... re: diapers, forumula, baby food, clothing, blankets and yes, even comforting snuggle toys for the children~

We solicted the assistance of several of the large chain stores in this area to donate needed items ... and two of the morning crew of an Orlando radio station have been given the go ahead from their boss to drive the articles collected to a meeting point with the National Red Cross for delivery and distribution of the items gathered~

Thanking the good Lord for all of those able to help out in this time of great need~
I know what it meant to those of us in Florida last year who had needs ... and the gratefulness to those who provided it forged some lifelong friendships~

Just heard on the radio that many of the local motorcycle club members and the motorcycle dealerships are really working to gather items needed also~
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167 posted 08-30-2005 01:45 PM       View Profile for vlraynes   Email vlraynes   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit vlraynes's Home Page   View IP for vlraynes

Karen?...

Since I don't know when you're going to be able to check back in either, I'm gonna go ahead and try to contact Shane for you... and will try to get him in contact with Twist, so y'all can work things our from there...

Will let ya know if/when I get in touch with him...

In the meantime, if you do get a chance to pop in, just let me know what you need me to do...

Like I said... if there's a number where I can contact Twist for you?... I can do that too...

just let me know...

I'm also copying and pasting your message to Twist, over at ASoTS... in case she pops in there, but not in here...

Take care of yourself, K...

Love you...
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Oh wow Marge!!! I hadn't even thought of that! I have clothes, baby clothes and all sorts of stuff I was trying to decide what to do with!!!

Someone help me, do I just call the red cross?

"too bad ignorance isn't painful"
~Unknown~

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Susan, go back up and read Littlewings post, she's got links there that may prove to be helpful.

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hey k..

the only way I can get in touch with Shane is if he calls Royce..  Still cannot access 504 area...

*sigh*

can you call bro's cell?

I'm so lost!

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Twist?...

I've been trying to call Shane, and it IS ringing, but no answer...

Am I calling the right place to contact him?.. is he still at the house?
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the number is the same, vic..
Some cell phones can call out, but we're having trouble reaching any phones in the 504 area...  including cell phones..   Shane called from a friend's cell yesterday, but we cannot call the house..  

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173 posted 08-30-2005 02:28 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Is Dallas far away from Houston?  Quick someone - in driving time?  I have a suite in downtown Dallas for $52.00 a night for 4 and holding it with my credit card     LOL - Help is this good or not?

She is looking in Houston now again for anything too, be right back.

OKAY

How's this.

The Americas - 10552 S. W. Freeway, Houston, Texas
Checking in tomorrow (for a week costs $392.10) and you can smoke even?  Continental breakfast free too!

Reservation # 029829120
Their phone number is: 713-270-9559

Whew!  Got one!

Oh...small detail it is being held under my name and you know what that is   

If you don't want it - let me know I can cancel it, but trust me there are NO rooms anywhere in Houston!  I have been at this a while here.

Love ya!

Room is for 4 (didn't say there was a 5th furry child.)
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174 posted 08-30-2005 02:31 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Twist!

Mark called. He's on his way here, Shane just picked up Shawn, and I think they are going to try the hwy. 90 route.

I'll keep trying the cell phone too.

Thank Ron that we don't have to blow each other smoke rings anymore.  

But rest easy mama, the boys are on the way here.

Now we have to hear from the other one? Let me know if you hear from Duane.

(and 'scuze us, yet again, forum, as the communications are really this bad)

And OH...George ran into Candy & Steve in a Walmart, and you know Candy...she wasn't leaving behind not one puppy (she's a vet asst. folks) so G said they bought a tent and were staying nearby in a local campground--with twenty dawgs!

grinning...gotta love her.

I'll keep trying the phone, tho I find I have better luck after midnight.

Hug Mom for me. and oh what the hell, hug Royce too.

We're gettin' it together folks.

 
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