Tuesday, August 30, 2005


I wish I could come up with a happy, positive post but right now I just don't have it in me. And even if I did, it wouldn't be appropriate. I just feel overwhelming sadness at the devastation Hurricane Katrina left behind. My favorite city in the US has been damaged to the point where I don't see how it can possibly recover, or return to its former glory. My husband and I fell in love with New Orleans about 10 years ago and have visited several times. We love the history, the culture, the architecture of the French Quarter, the way you can see every walk of life there, and just the general atmosphere. The city is just so alive and you can see bizarre shops and odd persons there that you would never see anywhere else. New Orleans has such great character, you know? I have such great memories of that city, and now it will never be the same. And then there are cities I've never been to such as Gulport and Biloxi that will probably never be the same either. It's horrific.

Please take a moment and say a prayer or send good thoughts to the people of all the states in the Gulf that have been affected by Katrina. And then please consider donating to one of the following disaster relief agencies (per CNN).

The Federal Emergency Management Agency lists these organizations for those seeking to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina:

Donate cash
American Red Cross (800) HELP NOW (435-7669) English; (800) 257-7575 Spanish

Operation Blessing (800) 436-6348

America's Second Harvest (800) 344-8070

To donate cash or volunteer
Adventist Community Services (800) 381-7171

Catholic Charities, USA (703) 549-1390

Christian Disaster Response (941) 956-5183 or (941) 551-9554

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (800) 848-5818

Church World Service (800) 297-1516

Convoy of Hope (417) 823-8998

Lutheran Disaster Response (800) 638-3522

Mennonite Disaster Service (717) 859-2210

Nazarene Disaster Response (888) 256-5886

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (800) 872-3283

Salvation Army (800) SAL-ARMY (725-2769)

Southern Baptist Convention -- Disaster Relief (800) 462-8657, ext. 6133

United Methodist Committee on Relief (800) 554-8583


Blogger KatyaR said...

Hey, Miss, did you know Operation Blessing is Pat Robertson's organization? Figures he'd be at the top of the list.

10:03 PM  
Blogger Missy said...

Seriously? My good ole buddy Pat? Well, I was going to give to the Red Cross and Second Harvest, but I might have to reconsider now... (I'm kidding, people.)

10:27 PM  

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