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Old 09-06-2005, 02:44 PM   #57
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What these people need most are jobs - short and simple. The realization that the New Orleans infrastructure will be years (if ever) in coming any where close to approaching "normal" is just now setting in.

The SECOND most important area to help - education.
Some good suggestions Dennis.

I also wanted to respond regarding donating money to Red Cross. I know the organization has had problems in the past. I also know that they have changed and adapted over the years to make sure that money donated for distaster relief goes primarily for that purpose. Yes there is infrastructure to support, but Red Cross with it's long history of disaster relief has developed systems, training, expertise, and knowledge that for the most part is very effective in disaster efforts.They also have the accoutability and tracking systems in place to assure that monies and services go to victims and are used in ways appropriate to provide for basic needs and comfort. Finding more direct ways to donate money does not necessarily help those in need. It is important to find an organization or method with the necessary experience and systems in place to assure that the money goes where and for what it is intended. Otherwise there is an increased risk of waste, duplication of service, ineffective use or misuse of funds, and most important some needs not being met because they fall through the cracks .
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Old 09-06-2005, 02:58 PM   #58
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I also wanted to respond regarding donating money to Red Cross. I know the organization has had problems in the past. I also know that they have changed and adapted over the years to make sure that money donated for distaster relief goes primarily for that purpose.
Good points made here. Nothing wrong with donating to the Red Cross. The other day I saw Condoleeza Rice on TV ... urging citizens to donate to the Red Cross ... also saw Bill Clinton saying the same thing. The Red Cross has broad support ... and they do a pretty good job.
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The Red Cross has broad support ... and they do a pretty good job.
Yes, they are a good cause, it just takes more of your money to make a difference.
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Hey all. Well I still don't have a phone yet, so I had to get somewhere with a line. Our house and AS Made it. Lost the three car garage, though. Lucky for me My husband saw it was going to go and got my car out. We didn't have water for 4 days and no power for six. No phone yet. I still can't believe how powerful those winds were. Our state looks terrible, but the people have been great. Everybody has been so kind and ready to help one another. It's amazing how your life can change so fast. I can't tell you how much I appreciate water and power. After a few days of bathing in the creek and hauling water for the toilets, well I was spoiled to modern convience. I think we all lost a few pounds, eating dry goods and drinking warm water. I am not complaining tough, especially seeing the loses of others. I am just thankful to be here and that my family is safe. Just a note, the AS didin't even move and we had winds over 100 mph. Don't know when I will get back online, I can't wait to read all the post everybody has made.

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I must be getting mental. Hadn't shed a tear over any of the tragedies & here I am crying my eyes out over the HAPPY stories! We're so so so so grateful to hear from you all.

And Heidi, Ray, Dawn, whoever else ... mi casa, su casa. And it's a big casa with a big yard.

If ANYONE on the forum is crammed in with relatives, staying in a hotel they can't afford or just not sure where they're going to lay their head next ... you are more than welcome to come stay with me in Chicago for a respite or for a few weeks or whatever. Pets are welcome as long as they try to get along with mine.

I live 2 blocks from one of the best schools in the area if you have a kid who needs to get the education thing back on track.
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