I just got off the phone with a friend whose entire family lives in the part of New Orleans that is under water. Thankfully, they all evacuated when they were asked so they're safely tucked away at a family residence in Baton Rouge. Almost immediately after hanging up the phone, this email arrived in my inbox. We're all sitting around wondering what we can do, will here's an easy thing. Donate to the Red Cross (www.redcross.org).
If you need further convincing, below is a testimony from a hurricane survivor. Feel free to fwd this email.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2005 8:40 AM
Subject: How you can help.
As a survivor of 3 hurricanes within 6 weeks in 2004 and a resident of Florida, I am shamelessly asking you to make a donation the to Red Cross immediately.
http://www.redcross.org/ Please designate that it is for the Natural Disaster Relief Fund so those who need aid will receive it as soon as possible.
As little as $5.00 can help, and more if you can afford it. I remember how miserable I was without power for over a week a few times, and taking ice cold showers. There was no gas or food to be found, and it was a nightmare. What our neighbors are experiencing in the Gulf Coast is unfathomable. What I went through is NOTHING compared to what these poor people are trying to live through. Looking back I am almost ashamed of myself for being angry about my "little" inconveniences.
What would you do if you woke up tomorrow with no home because it was destroyed, you had no car because it was under 10 feet of water, and you had no place of employment because it literally blew away? For many people in the Gulf Coast, this is the case.
LOST is where I would be, and I would be praying that people like us would help any way they can. Sending money to the Red Cross now will actually REALLY help. In my area, the Red Cross provided meals, drinking water, medical assistance, and shelter to those who needed it after hurricanes Charlie, Jeanne, and Frances last year.
Please do what you can.