Anarchy in New Orleans
My God. What a horrific situation. The criminals have got the upper hand and it's time that they stand down. Everywhere you go there are those who only understand the wrong end of a shotgun. We are happy to oblige. This crap wouldn't be happening if we had a Frank Rizzo in charge.
Everyone in my little sphere is speechless about the devastation and suffering of those who would not or could not leave when the evacuation was ordered. Yesterday we were glued to our TV's just looking in horror at scenes from hell in New Orleans, Mobile, Biloxi. Even my good neighbor leftist. We commiserated early in the a.m. - 2:07 a.m. to be exact - through the screen door. He and I and many others feel a strange urge to hop in the car and go down there to help. Some way - any way. These people and thousands like them need our help. Please just imagine for a minute what it would be like to be stuck on your roof for 3 days with babies. Sweltering heat, stench, fires burning, little to eat or drink if you're lucky, armed criminals looting, raping, killing.
We will have to make do with donating what we can. Here are some ideas:
Home School Foundation has established a Hurricane Emergency Response program to help homeschooling families who have suffered great losses. Donate online at: HSLDA. Thanks Karen at The Thomas Institute for this information.
The Salvation Army is ALWAYS there to help. I was very impressed with this organizations help after 9/11. They were there giving everything FREE of charge to those who needed it and with very little publicity. The Salvation Army will take clothing donations for their thrift shops which in turn provides monetary support for the many ways that they help every day. See this link for information about donating items in this way.
Craig's list has been set up so that if you have some space to take citizens from New Orleans in - you may indicate your willingness here. Thanks Steven at Madam for this info.
We are Americans and we will help. We always help and gladly so. We WANT to help anyone who needs it. There are MANY worthy private organizations who are there to help. We will be able to send a mere 20 dollars and a lot of prayers. I'm sure we'll squeeze some more out next payday.
God bless America and God protect the innocents in New Orleans, Mobile, Biloxi and all other areas devastated by this storm.
The Common Room has an entry up with names and addresses of shelters that would welcome the items listed in their entry. Take a look at it and see if there are a few things that you would be able to send.