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Hurricane Thoughts

From seshen's journal: Why Chantal Loves Talk Radio

Hurricane and Aftermath: I have decided that it would be wisest for me not to comment on the situation in New Orleans except to say that I wish there were more ways I could help.

After thinking about it, I decided that anything else I have been thinking of saying is mainly off-the-cuff venting rather than intelligent commentary. I can't say anything that would help the situation, and I'm not convinced that I have a right to criticize from my comfortable, air-conditioned, dry office.

The looters are beyond disgraceful, and I'm not sure I would entirely object to a 'shoot on sight' policy. Stealing food or medicine I could understand--except for the people who held a supply truck at gunpoint whose supplies were meant for a hospital. There is no excuse for stealing designer clothes and designer tennis shoes by the bagtful, just because you can. It is obscene for police to have to divide their attention between searching for and rescuing survivors and heading off looters.

On the other hand, poorer people, a population which often includes criminals, are exactly the population who had no transportation to allow them to leave. It wouldn't surprise me if some criminals decided to stay in New Orleans precisely so they could loot. I worked with these people for ten years. I've seen how they think.

Commentary on the levy issue from a blogger.

Anyway...I have a pile of invoices to process, so I'm going to work on them. I hope all of you on my friends list have a great weekend!

FYI: From the Texas Department of Health and Human Services: They are offering various assistance services to Louisiana residents on Food Stamps, and they are trying to place foster children, among providing other services.

Evacuees can also call the Texas 211 Referral Network and this toll-free number: 1-888-312-4567 These are numbers for the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services

Current Mood: workingworking

Chantal, I've been hearing a lot about the refugees being sent to Texas, especially to Houston, and it occurred to me that you might be able to get us some info.

My sister is the nursery supervisor at her church. One of the church ladies is a garage sale freak, and often gives Sis bags full of stuffed animals, in excellent condition, for the kids. Well, Sis doesn't use them much because she has so many other toys, so she has a lot of them stored there. She wants to get them to the kids displaced by Katrina, because so many lost all their toys and teddy bears in the disaster. There's really nothing like a stuffed animal to cuddle to raise a child's spirits. So after the necessities of food and shelter, she wants to see the kids get their stuffies.

So my question is--do you know any organization there in Texas that might be able to receive the stuffed toys if my sister ships them there herself? There's nothing going here that I can see, and nothing on the Web. I'm hoping there might be something there, maybe a local church group or something.

Since this is scattered all over Texas, I'm asking Rosemary the same question--I think she reads your journal. I think you're the only two Texans I'm in contact with right now.

Kris Senior

Kris--I asked our housemate Tom, who is volunteering over at the Astrodome, if he knew of any places where they specifically accept donated toys, but he didn't know of any off-hand. Here is a link to one of the Houston Chronicle's pages about the hurricane, and there's a section on it called 'Refugee Help' If you go to the site's main page and clici on the 'Give' link under the section of Katrina links, that also gives a list of national organizations.

I'm thinking your sister's best bet might be with the Salvation Army, if one in your area is sending donations here.

Mark also said I should let you know that they are trying to get the refugees moved into low-income housing throughout the city over the next couple of weeks.

I will do some more research and see if I can find any organization that is seeking donations of toys.

Your sister is a lovely person! :)


Sis and I have been watching the coverage of the Katrina tragedy with dry-eyed outrage for the most part, both of us sending money to the Red Cross and to Noah's Wish (an animal rescue organization), probably more than I should have sent in my case, at least, but I'll worry about that later. However, my sister finally lost it when she saw one thing--they showed a little boy sitting in the rubble of what had been his home, clutching the only thing he had left, a dirty, tattered Teddy bear.

I don't know how many stuffed toys she has available, but she's willing to send what she has and what she can get if she can find a way. Right now the main channels for aide are taking care of the necessities as best they can, and she doesn't want to clog up those lines of transport with the toys, but she does want to get them there for at least some of those kids. It hurts a little not to be able to help everyone, but you do what you can, right?