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Away From Home

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Donate. Now.

In lieu of a big fluff post about my first day of real classes, I'll post this:

All of you need to donate to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. Seriously. I'm not even kidding.

Every single person reading this blog has the ability to contribute.

If you don't have the money: Pack a lunch for a week, and donate the $30 you would have spent.

If you don't have a credit card: Find a friend (or parent) who does, and give them the money to donate. And then make them donate too.

Think it's not important?

Water continued to rise in downtown New Orleans, reaching 12 feet in some places Thursday afternoon.

The city had no power, no drinking water, dwindling food supplies, widespread looting, smoke rising on the horizon and the sounds of gunfire. At least one large building was ablaze Tuesday.

. . .

"This is a tragedy of great proportions, greater than any we've seen in our lifetimes," [Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco] said.

. . .

Katrina destroyed "every one" of the casinos that raked in a half-million dollars per day to state coffers, Barbour said after a helicopter tour of the affected areas.

"There were 10- and 20-block areas where there was nothing -- not one home standing," he said.

. . .

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said 80 percent of his city was under water, in some places as much as 20 feet deep. New Orleans, he said, "is in a state of devastation."


Harvey Jackson, of Biloxi, Mississippi, told CNN affiliate WKRG-TV that he believed his wife was killed after she was ripped from his grasp when their home split in half.

"She told me, 'You can't hold me,' ... take care of the kids and the grandkids," he said, sobbing.

Harriet Leckich, also of Biloxi, visited her property and said, "Everything is gone."

"There's no sign of our car that was in the driveway," Leckich said. "It's just phenomenal, because nothing was recognizable. The waterline was so far back, and there were cars that had been pushed into the sea wall. There was an airplane from Keesler [Air Force Base] that was almost in the railroad."

Leckich said six trees near her home, which was built in 1945, also were gone.

Another Biloxi resident, Suzanne Rodgers, who lived in a two-story, brick apartment near the beach, told CNN's Paula Zahn on Monday that the entire building was swept away.

"All I found that belonged to me was a shoe," she said. "There's nothing left."


The American Red Cross launched the largest natural disaster mobilization in its history, larger than services for last year's four Florida hurricanes combined, said the organization's president, Marty Evans.

More than 75,000 people were being housed in nearly 240 shelters, and Evans said she expects the numbers to grow.

"It's going to be a long-term operation," he said. "We're talking many, many weeks, months."

I donated $100. Give whatever you can, right now.

UPDATE: If that link doesn't work for you, try this one.


  • I'll give as soon as I can get the site to load, but they must be getting a ton of traffic because I can't bring it up yet.

    By Blogger Logan C. Adams, at 8/31/2005 01:07:00 PM  

  • I still can't get the site to load, so I'm mailing a check.

    Here's the address in case anyone else has trouble:

    American Red Cross
    P.O. Box 37243
    Washington, D.C. 20013

    By Blogger Logan C. Adams, at 8/31/2005 05:15:00 PM  

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