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Letters from a FReeper - Americans head out to help family, friends and strangers hurt by Katrina
August 31, 2005

Posted on 08/31/2005 11:02:14 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Letters from a FReeper:

6:20:54 AM EDT My good neighbor just let me know her mom and dad are alive in rural Mississippi. She and here husband said it took days before they could reach her mom by cell and that was a miracle. They are heading up there with a camper, generator and much needed suppplies. They are unsure how they will reach them because of the unknown rural road situation. I am sending boxes of dry goods, can goods, sheets and towels, soap ect... and much needed water and gatorade. I am asking them to somehow find their parish or local church this weekend so that I might have a good address to send more help and supplies. God knows, we went through three hurricanes last year, but all category 2 or less.

8:11:32 AM EDT I am sure there will be a lot of movement to help. I feel better knowing that relief this way will be immediate, not that the usual reputable charities won't be a good source. Thanks for the links, although my friends are heading to Mississippi, the same interstate highways will be used. They know the area well and are quite resourcefull. They both lived in the camper for over 6 months in our neighborhood while they completely rebuilt their home. (Some of the snobs here complained belive it or not). Two large elm trees fell on their home. Anyway, this is now day three without power and potable water. There is only so far you can go with these kind of conditions. I'll keep you posted.

12:45:08 PM EDT I just got back from the supply stores. Friends are leaving around midnight tonight. The problem with e-mail from MS is unknown. Friend's spouse is an architect so they are bringing the laptop. As far as my address, I will gladly link to a thread when there is more to report. At this time, water, gatorade, first-aide kit, fresh towels, soap, toiletries, mega food items (non-parishable) childrens motrin, fresh sheets and anything they can fit in the camper are going tonight. Thank you for your support. This is a treck I wish I could make, but I am doing what I can a this point. (young daughter in schoool) I am sure a few of us or many could make a great difference in the quality of life for many. You would not believe what a cup of coffee can do or a can soup will do after dredging in the heat all day! I remember last summer here in Florida (after 3 hurricanes). The heat and disparity can be unbearable.

Thank you Cin. I will let you know more when I do. May God bless those in NO, MS and AL. (pls pardon my spelling)

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: americans; hurricane; katrina
Poobear wrote those letters to me this morning.

Poobear said she would post information as she receives it from her friends on their mission of mercy.

If you have stories of hope and/or about the American spirit, please post them.

I know Americans all over the country are starting to formulate ideas, large and small, to help fellow Americans who are suffering.

I've read many examples in the posts here on FR.

Dispite what the msm would have you believe, everyone is not looting.

Reuters Survivors of Hurricane Katrina line up at a drug store to buy supplies in Biloxi, Miss., today. Mississippi Power says it will take weeks to restore electricity to the region.

1 posted on 08/31/2005 11:02:18 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: poobear

Keep us informed Poobear.

2 posted on 08/31/2005 11:03:28 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

BIG promise! Thanks. LA, MS & AL will be grateful too!

3 posted on 08/31/2005 11:18:57 AM PDT by poobear (Imagine a world of liberal silence.)
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New Orleans family finds refuge from Katrina in Katy, fire station

Katy area businesses, firefighters and residents are opening their hearts, wallets and even floor space to help five generations of a large family that fled from hurricane-wracked New Orleans.

Most of the 88 family members have ended up in the Westlake Volunteer Fire Department on Saums Road.

They were trying to escape from Hurricane Katrina, the Category 4 storm that slammed into the Louisiana coastline early Monday.

They drove west, but after failing to find motel rooms, they started trickling into the home of Bryan and Tequilla Taylor, who just last year moved from New Orleans to Lakecrest, near Franz and Katy-Fort Bend roads.

Bryan's parents, a brother and a great uncle were the first to arrive late Sunday night after an exhausting 15-hour drive.

"It took them five hours just to get out of Louisiana," Tequilla Taylor said. "It took four hours just to get to Baton Rouge."

A stream quickly turned into a flood of relatives, ranging in ages from three months to 79 years, more than the four-bedroom home could hold.

"We're the only ones who live out of town, they had nowhere to go but here," Tequilla Taylor said.

So, she called the Westlake Volunteer Fire Department on Saums Road for help. Tequilla said Fire Chief Mark Palmer went out of his way to help.

"He said, 'Don't worry about anything, we're going to take care of this for you,' " she said.

About 63 of the relatives are now camped out on the fire station's floor.

But another 25, including two elderly relatives, are staying with Bryan and Tequilla.

Palmer said that some other families besides the Taylor clan have since arrived and the station is currently housing about 90 people.

He said they aren't going to turn anyone away, but he's also had to call for help.

The West I-10 police station has agreed to take up to 80 people and some local churches have agreed to pitch in.

Bryan's mother, Alma, whose home in east New Orleans is now under water, said the extended family loaded up in 11 cars and headed west, just before authorities called for a mandatory evacuation.

"We knew where we were going — over here," she said. "some of them got lost, but we managed to get them here."

Unfortunately not all the family members were so lucky. Some stayed behind, Alma Taylor said.

"That's our worry right now, some of them are left behind, they're stranded," she said. "We can't get in touch with them. We're just sitting on pins and needles, trying to pray and hope that they're safe."

She said some of the family didn't have transportation or enough money to leave while others thought they would ride out the storm, as they had done before.

Tequilla Taylor said one brother-in-law, his wife, and two of his children started for Katy but grew weary of sitting for 12 hours in traffic.

``He turned around and went back home. We haven't heard from them,'' she said. ``We don't know where they are, if they're still alive or what.''

She said their home was shown on television and everything but the roof was under water. ``They're presumed dead,'' Tequilla said. ``Why didn't he just leave with everybody else?''

When the family members first arrived in Katy, Alma Taylor said they expected to stay for about three days and so brought just a few clothes.

Now it appears that they'll be here for at least a month.

Tequilla said the stranded relatives are trying to decide what to do.

"They have no money, they have no clothes, they have nothing," she said. Some are hoping they can temporarily enroll their children in school.

"They're trying to make the best of a bad situation," she said. "We're coping pretty well because we're used to being together."

So is the Westlake fire department. Palmer said firefighters have been given different assignments, including making sure the kids are occupied.

A bus load of some 50 displaced family members went to the Comets basketball game Tuesday night, he said.

And Mayde Creek High School offered to let them attend the Friday night football came at their stadium.

"Prayers are being answered," Palmer said.

However, food and sleeping accommodations are two big challenges.

The firefighters gave up their beds at the station and Academy Sports and Outdoors donated 60 cots. They also have air mattresses, couches and Palmer's personal camper, which will sleep six to eight people.

"The space is limited but we'll fill every crack, anything we need to do, we'll take care of it," he said.

So far most of the food has been donated, with the food for Tuesday's dinner provided by HEB grocery store. Employees from Good Ol' Boys restaurant cooked everyone a Cajun catfish dinner.

"I think we have the next four days meals provided," Palmer said. "It's just been awesome what these people are doing."

Still, there are many unmet needs such as gasoline vouchers and nonprescription medications. A local doctor has offered his services and Walgreen's will fill necessary prescriptions.

Palmer said anyone wanting to donate or help should call either 281-492-0560 or 281-492-0020.

[LINKS at address above to more stories, photos, services and video]

4 posted on 08/31/2005 11:19:09 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: poobear

Tell them we're praying for them.

5 posted on 08/31/2005 11:19:44 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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Americans Contribute Millions for Relief

WASHINGTON - Americans are pouring in millions of dollars in donations for disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, rescue organizations said Wednesday.

The Red Cross said it had so far raised $21 million, a figure comparable to the response for tsunami victims following the devastation in Asia earlier this year. Nearly $15 million of that has come from individual donations through its Web site, with the rest representing corporate contributions.

"The outpouring of support has been amazing," said Kara Bunte, a spokeswoman for the Red Cross, which has set up hundreds of shelters for hurricane victims.

"People are now starting to see the images on TV and want to help," she said.

Catholic Charities USA, based in Alexandria, Va., said it has received hundreds of calls in the last few days from volunteers asking how they can help. The group has raised $15,000 through its Web site, but will be stepping up collection efforts at churches in the coming days.

"The response is right up there with the calls we had after 9-11," said spokeswoman Shelley Borysiewicz. "The American public is quite generous and they will rise to the occasion."


On the Net:

Red Cross: 1-800-HELP-NOW or https://

Catholic Charities: 1-800-919-9338 or

The Salvation Army secure online donation system

2. To donate by check please mail your donation to:
The Salvation Army National Headquarters
P.O. Box 269
Alexandria, VA 22313

3. To donate by phone:

1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769)

6 posted on 08/31/2005 11:24:42 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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God bless first responders.

The USNS Comfort sits docked Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005, in Baltimore. The hospital ship is preparing to leave Baltimore and sail south to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. The Baltimore-based ship is part of the Navy's Military Sealift The Comfort is expected to be part of what many say is the largest domestic disaster relief effort in years. The military is mainly providing search and rescue, medical help and supplies to the Gulf Coast states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.Command. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Members of the MO/TN Incident Response Teams Urban Search and Rescue teams and local officials help evacuate people trapped in their flooded homes by Hurricane Katrina, in New Orleans, Louisiana, August 30, 2005. Floodwaters engulfed much of New Orleans on Tuesday as officials feared a steep death toll and planned to evacuate thousands remaining in shelters after the historic city's defenses were breached by Hurricane Katrina. (Vincent Laforet/Pool/Reuters)

NSTAR trucks leave for Birmingham, Ala., from NSTAR facility in Westwood, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005. NSTAR crews from Massachusetts area are scheduled to arrive in Birmingham on Friday to help restore power, re-build electric infrastructure, and provide other aid in areas hit hardest by the hurricane Katrina. (AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki)

Rescue personnel help a woman out of a boat after she was rescued from floodwaters in New Orleans, Louisiana. Floodwaters continued to rise in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina broke two levees separating the city from Lake Pontchartrain(AFP/James Nielsen)

Friends and neighbors help Evelyn Turner, second from right, load the body of her common-law husband, Xavier Bowie, onto a flatbed truck after he died in New Orleans, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005. Xavier and Turner had decided to ride out Hurricane Katrina when they could not find away to leave the city. Xavier, who had lung cancer, died when he ran out of oxygen Tuesday afternoon. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Gulfport Miss. Police Officer Terrence Gray, right, helps evacuate Lovie Mae Allen and group of children from their flooded homes after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast Monday, Aug. 29, 2005 in Gulfport, Miss. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Texas to Louisiana, which has a hospital and six helicopters on board to conduct emergency medical evacuations. The US military has joined the massive effort to help the devastated New Orleans region in the wake of ferocious Hurricane Katrina, dispatching ships, helicopters, engineers and other specialists to help survivors, the Northern Command (NorthCom) said.(AFP/HO-US Navy/File)

7 posted on 08/31/2005 11:33:57 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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Minnesotans heading south to help Katrina's victims

Red Cross Volunteer Hildred Dungan was on her way to the State Fair this morning, when she got the call. Her schedule was changing courtesy of hurricane Katrina.

"I think we're going to be doing mass care, going out and feeding people that have no place to eat, because their homes have been ruined or damaged or something," said Dungan.

Hildred will be co-piloting the ERV, the Minneapolis Red Cross emergency response vehicle. She'll be traveling with Carol Cantwell, a veteran of many hurricanes.

"This one might be the worse one," said Cantwell.

As the volunteers got the ERV ready for a trip to a staging area in Alabama, Carol had some advice for Hildred, a hurricane rookie.

"Probably patience is the biggest thing. Well you just don't organize something like this in five minutes. Sometimes we get to a place and have to wait awhile to know where we're going and so forth," said Cantwell.

While the world watches images of the monster storm as it swirls across the Mississippi Delta and New Orleans, a North Memorial paramedic feels lucky that he escaped Katrina's wrath.

"I said I'm a paramedic and I'm driving north. Who wants to go," said Dave Long who was in New Orleans for an EMS convention. He found flying out was impossible, so he grabbed one of the last rental cars and six strangers and headed out.

"It was bumper-to-bumper, only about zero to five miles an hour, it took us five hours to get to Baton Rouge to drop-off our first person, which is normally only about an hour and a half drive.

After dropping off one passenger in Baton Rouge, Dave spent the rest of the day making it to Shreveport, where he caught a plane home Monday morning.

"The hard part was trying to find a bathroom. Every place seemed to be closed," said Long

So while some are relieved to escape disaster, others are hitting the road and heading right for it.

8 posted on 08/31/2005 11:37:37 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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Once we heard about the total devastation of hurricane Katrina, teamed up with the Brett Favre Fourward Foundation to send aid to Mississippi. We have already begun shipping supplies out to Mississippi via a prop jet donated by Wisconsin Aviation. Sunday morning, September 4, a jet is planned to leave with necessities for the hurricane victims. Brett and Deanna Favre have decided to start taking donations on Brett’s official website,, to aid the hurricane victims. You can now donate to the Brett Favre Fourward Foundation through the store on the website. One hundred percent of all donations go straight to the Brett Favre Fourward Foundation. Deanna Favre, the president of the Brett Favre Fourward Foundation, will disperse the funds and items to the appropriate organizations aiding hurricane victims in Mississippi.

Here are some guidelines if you plan on donating an item.

- Item must be new

- No food or water items

- Some things that will be needed

- Chainsaws

- Hand saws

- Work gloves

- Work boots

- Tarps

- Rope, Chains

- First Aid kits

- Anti-Bacterial hand wash

We need items to aid in the clean-up process. If you would like to donate items to aid the hurricane victims, you can drop them off at one of the following locations:

Brett Favre’s Steakhouse

1004 Brett Favre Pass

Green Bay, WI 54304

Wisconsin Aviation

3606 Corben court

Madison, Wisconsin 53704

All items donated will be flown down to Mississippi Sunday, September 4, and personally presented to Brett and Deanna Favre. All items or donations will recieve a reciept from the Brett Favre Fourward Foundation in the mail. When dropping an item off, make sure you leave your name, address, and the cost of the item. When donating through the website, make sure all the information you submit is correct. If you can't donate anything, we just ask that you keep all of the hurricane victims in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you in advance for your support!

To Donate through the online store:

Please enter the coupon code, Hurricane, under your credit card information and hit redeem so you do not get charged for shipping.

9 posted on 08/31/2005 11:39:46 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I would recommend a water purifier as well.

10 posted on 08/31/2005 11:48:14 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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I talked to my wife in Volgograd, Russia approximately an hour ago. The Russian people are extremely upset, and are discussing and looking for ways they can help.

Russia Ready to Send Rescuers to Katrina Disaster Area Created: 31.08.2005 17:37 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 18:19 MSK, 4 hours 6 minutes ago


The Russian Emergencies Ministry has offered the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency help in conducting search-and-rescue operations after Hurricane Katrina hit the American Gulf Coast and surged northward, RIA Novosti reports.

Two Russian Ilyshin cargo planes with rescue workers, search helicopters and special equipment for off-line operations in disaster areas are on standby at the Ramenskoe aerodrome outside Moscow ready to leave for the United States.

Ministry employees are also ready to participate in the search for and rescue of hurricane victims, including any Russian citizens that may be in the Gulf region.

The Ministry has also offered to send a Russian expert to the rescue headquarters near New Orleans.

Hurricane Katrina that hit the U.S. Monday has left most of New Orleans flooded. In some of the city districts the level of water has risen more than six meters above the ground. Several thousand people remained in the city despite calls for it to be evacuated. Many of them are on rooftops waiting for rescue teams.

Hundreds of people are feared dead in Mississippi and Louisiana following what was described as the most destructive storm to hit the United States in decades.
11 posted on 08/31/2005 11:53:13 AM PDT by GarySpFc (Sneakypete, De Oppresso Liber)
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To: GarySpFc

That's great news.

12 posted on 08/31/2005 11:58:30 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: USNBandit
....water purifier as well.

I hope companies with life sustaining equipment will donate it or sell at cost.

13 posted on 08/31/2005 12:00:00 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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Capital area rescuers head south on hurricane relief mission

Associated Press Writer

Published August 30, 2005

FAIRFAX, Va. -- With hugs from their families--and about 1,000 pounds of gear each--members of the Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue Team headed south Tuesday to help after Hurricane Katrina.

They left carrying medical supplies, generators and infrared cameras to detect bodies under rubble.,0,3210424.story?coll=dp-headlines-virginia

14 posted on 08/31/2005 12:02:04 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: GarySpFc

I feel like crying. Tears are forming in my eyes as I type. Thank God someone cares.

15 posted on 08/31/2005 12:07:59 PM PDT by Marysecretary (Thank you, Lord, for FOUR MORE YEARS!!!)
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Whole Foods Market is offering its customers the opportunity to donate money to the American Red Cross hurricane relief effort. Customers can choose either a $2 or $5 donation coupon. The donation will be added to their transaction and the proceeds will go entirely to relief efforts.

Many of us have seen the images from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and want to help, said Whole Foods Market Midwest Regional President Patrick Bradley.

Donations can be made at:
Whole Foods Market Madison
3313 University Ave.
(608) 233-9566

16 posted on 08/31/2005 12:08:26 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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Noah's Wish is helping lost and injured pets left in disaster areas. It is collecting things like cat collars, muzzles, dog leashes and more.
17 posted on 08/31/2005 12:08:51 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Marysecretary
I feel like crying. Tears are forming in my eyes as I type. Thank God someone cares.

My wife said this is all the Russians are talking about, and they are crying with us.
18 posted on 08/31/2005 12:09:39 PM PDT by GarySpFc (Sneakypete, De Oppresso Liber)
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Donations to help with Katrina’s aftermath are being accepted at the local Red Cross chapter or by visiting or

For information on how to help Mennonite Disaster Service, call 859-2210.

Other organizations are seeking cash donations to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina, but volunteers should not report directly to the affected areas unless directed by a voluntary agency.

Cash donations are especially helpful to the victims, federal officials said, and also allow agencies to avoid the labor-intensive need to store, sort, pack and distribute donated goods.

And as of today, just a little more than 48 hours after Katrina first pounded the Gulf Coast, a wide range of agencies are accepting donations from individuals who want to help.

Here’s a list of organizations that are planning to help, and where to donate:

_ The Salvation Army’s Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware Division is preparing to deploy response teams as early as this week to help with providing food, along with spiritual counseling in the disaster’s aftermath.

It has 300 trained disaster response volunteers at the ready.

For more information, call (800) SALARMY or visit

_ The United Way here is accepting donations to support response efforts of United Way chapters in Mississippi, Louisiana and Florida.

Checks are being accepted at United Way of Lancaster County, 630 Janet Ave., Lancaster, PA, 17601. Checks should reference “United Way Hurricane Katrina Response Fund.”

For more on relief efforts at the local United Way, call 394-0731.

Other places to send financial donations include:

Operation Blessing, 1-800-436-6348.

America’s Second Harvest, 1-800-344-8070.

Adventist Community Services, 1-800-381-7171.

Catholic Charities USA, 703-549-1390.

Christian Disaster Response, 941-956-5183 or 941-551-9554.

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, 1-800-848-5818.

Church World Service, 1-800-297-1516.

Convoy of Hope, 417-823-8998.

Lutheran Disaster Response, 800-638-3522.

Nazarene Disaster Response, 888-256-5886.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, 800-872-3283.

Southern Baptist Convention, Disaster Relief, 1-800-462-8657, ext. 6440.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief, 1-800-554-8583.

Also, anyone interested can visit the Web site for the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) at

Also, Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers from Lebanon County will be among those helping Katrina victims along the Gulf Coast in the coming weeks.

Six guardsmen packed up and headed out Tuesday from Fort Indiantown Gap, just north of Lancaster County.

The soldiers are part of a specialized communications unit and will set up a mobile command center for emergency crews in Mississippi, where they can provide phone, computer and radio lines.

The soldiers are prepared to work 24 hours a day for at least two weeks.

Mary Ellen Kennedy of Manheim Township was watching the TV news Tuesday night, recalling when the power was out at her Manheim Township home for several days last summer.

“It really hit me, how little (our trouble) was compared to what the people down there have to go through,” she said. “That’s just a blip compared to what they’re facing.”

19 posted on 08/31/2005 12:11:21 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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............''We have an American refugee situation on our hands,'' said Laura Howe, a Red Cross spokeswoman who was working in Birmingham, Ala. ``We have a mass migration of people who are homeless. It is an incredible thing to see and experience, and I don't think any of us in our lifetimes ever thought we would see anything like this.''


The need for shelter alone threatened to overwhelm the relief effort. Emergency housing facilities in the three states directly in Katrina's path, as well as shelters as far away as Memphis and Dallas, were already at or near capacity, Howe said, with more people arriving by the hour. Thousands who evacuated early and moved to hotels outside the storm area are now descending on the public shelters because they have run out of money. Thousands more who tried to ride out the hurricane are also seeking shelter.

''We have a new wave of evacuees coming out simply because they're homeless, they have nowhere else to go,'' Howe said.

Ordinarily, she said, Red Cross shelters begin to empty out within a matter of days after a natural disaster strikes, but that may not be true this time. ``We expect to have people in these shelters for quite some time -- for weeks.''

Meantime, the Salvation Army was distributing an estimated 150,000 meals a day from locations in Mobile; Jackson, Miss.; and Baton Rouge, La., along with another 120,000 meals a day dispensed from six mobile kitchens on 54-foot semitrailers, according to Salvation Army official Mark Jones.

Jones, who lived through four hurricanes in Florida, said he had never seen anything like the destruction of Katrina. ''It's catastrophic,'' he said..............

20 posted on 08/31/2005 12:16:09 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Thank you very much for listing places to donate. I have been looking for such a list beyond the Red Cross and Salvation Army.

Do you mind if I copy your list for our own personal use?

21 posted on 08/31/2005 12:50:32 PM PDT by Strutt9
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To: Strutt9

Have at it.


22 posted on 08/31/2005 12:52:26 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: GarySpFc

I remember when 911 occurred, I got two precious e-mails from Germany and Norway, from my cousins. There were many people who signed them. That meant a lot to me. People do care. Governments? Hmmmm.

23 posted on 08/31/2005 1:11:44 PM PDT by Marysecretary (Thank you, Lord, for FOUR MORE YEARS!!!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Thanks for the info. It's nice to see folks care about those animals, too. M

24 posted on 08/31/2005 1:12:51 PM PDT by Marysecretary (Thank you, Lord, for FOUR MORE YEARS!!!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

My best friend just heard from her twin in the Slidell area-an area which was being called a "black hole" because there had been no communication and had been hit hard. There is hope.

25 posted on 08/31/2005 1:15:48 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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Map of 325 De La Point, Gautier, MS 39553, United States

Dear Cin, Below is the e-mail from my friend posted to many of our contacts here in Florida. I postponed posting this to you as everyone was quite busy late last night and all day today. I took the day off for once. My friends James and Donna Garritani are braving a very dangerous trip. Locals in MS are experiencing some very desperate hurricane victims. Despite the warnings they left this afternoon. The link above lets you know where they are headed. Just 20 miles of east of Katrina's ground zero impact. There will be many prayers for their safe journey from here. I hope this information can get to as many FReepers as possible. I know you've been around this neck of the woods longer and am hoping you can post to as many of your ping lists as possible. Thank you for your help and may God bless. Poobear

Maybe some of you saw Donna and I on the 6 o'clock news, channel 7, about the catastrophic destruction in Mississippi that has hit home. Some of you know that Donna and I lost our house last year in the hurricanes. We feel compelled to go and help out in Mississippi. Donna has all of her family about 20 miles east of Gulfport, Mississippi. We heard today that they were all alive and coping with the turmoil. The city is devastated and debris for as far as the eye can see. We are going to load up the trailer with what ever relief effort we can and go and help. Anything and everything from toothpaste & toilet tissue to water & generators, even people, will be appreciated. We really need to reach out to our fellow brothers & sisters in their time of need. I will be leaving, the latest, Friday morning and returning on Mon. Please pray for us on the travels and work effort there. Please contact me at 407-970-2575 with any help and support you may wish.

Thank you all for your prayers and God Bless!

James A. Garritani,RA
Designers Architectural, P.A.
2642 Danielle Drive
Oviedo, FL 32765
FL Lic No AA 0003555
Off/Fax 407-366-4475

Wow! The response has been overwhelming from so many people willing to help in some way.

The items most needed are essentials: TARPS, Gas containers w/gas, candles, lamps, non perishable foods, batteries, flashlights, bug spray, work gloves, etc...

Monetary donations should not be given to us. Suggest sending donations directly to the Red Cross or Salvation Army or if you want to donate specifically to the community where we will be going you can make your check payable to First Baptist Church Gautier
as there are several families in this church/community who are now completely homeless.
c/o Grant Randolph - Hurricane Relief
phone 228-497-4050

We will be leaving tomorrow afternoon (Thursday). Items can be dropped off at our front door or driveway at 2642 Danielle Drive Oviedo. We are in Lafayette Forest at the corner of RedBug and Citrus. 407-365-9175

Sincere thanks to all of you.

James and Donna
26 posted on 09/01/2005 2:55:36 PM PDT by poobear (Imagine a world of liberal silence.)
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To: poobear

better link of map to Gauter, MS. Sorry so large.

27 posted on 09/01/2005 2:57:01 PM PDT by poobear (Imagine a world of liberal silence.)
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To: poobear; All
Gautier, Mississippi

28 posted on 09/01/2005 11:46:13 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: poobear

Thank you for the post, update and information poobear.

Tell them we're all pulling for them.

They are not alone.

29 posted on 09/01/2005 11:48:38 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: poobear
Freepers, Let's Roll! It's time to help Katrina's victims and we should go first. (Vanity) - Good LINKS.
30 posted on 09/01/2005 11:56:50 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Brad's Gramma; backhoe; pax_et_bonum; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; poobear; JLO; JohnHuang2; All

Please read "article" and the follow up in Post #26.

If you could "ping" your lists, I would be grateful.

Thank you.

31 posted on 09/02/2005 12:01:19 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: freeangel

That's so good!

32 posted on 09/02/2005 12:18:55 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I am just waking up after a long nights sleep and it looks like you have been quite busy. I will keep you informed of any developments. It is quite a disaster where they are heading. Not much reported on these poor folks in MS & AL. My heartfelt gratitude to ALL and a special thank you to you Cin. They will be speaking with their contact in Gautier this morning. May God bless them.

Thanks everybody!
33 posted on 09/02/2005 4:39:37 AM PDT by poobear (Imagine a world of liberal silence.)
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To: poobear

Thanks poobear. I'm glad you've caught up on some sleep.

A lot of people are hanging on the news, praying for the best, anxious for good news and ready to help if they can.

34 posted on 09/02/2005 4:47:07 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Although this has been a horrendous disaster, I am counting on the fact that a lot of good will come out of it. Thanks to the great citizens of our country! I'm sounding a little preachy right now, need more coffee.

35 posted on 09/02/2005 4:57:44 AM PDT by poobear (Imagine a world of liberal silence.)
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To: poobear

It's a blessed country with the most generous and the bravest people.

God bless America.

36 posted on 09/02/2005 3:14:05 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; poobear; ALOHA RONNIE; mhking; Vets_Husband_and_Wife; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; ..
Pingees, let's see some positive items.

Please read "article" and the follow up in Post #26.

Several semi-trucks left northern Minnesota the past couple days filled with all sorts of donations. I'm sure many other MN cities are doing the same as well as most states. Prayers continue.

37 posted on 09/02/2005 3:24:35 PM PDT by JLO
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I forgot to mention, that same, small town in northern MN just raised $300,000+ in cash donations. Imagine that all over the USA this is going on.

I also heard very late last night on a cable channel, a minister challenge all southern states to get all denominations to request each and every church within their denomination to adopt just 10 families, each church.

Think if THAT could happen! I googled news and couldn't find what I heard, though.

But I hope come Sunday morning, something may come of it.

38 posted on 09/02/2005 4:27:16 PM PDT by JLO
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I am exhausted JLO, but thanks for the bump and good evening.!! I can't get through to my friends at this time. I can't wait to share what they have. I'll try tomorrow.

39 posted on 09/02/2005 6:45:54 PM PDT by poobear (Imagine a world of liberal silence.)
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Thank you JLO!!!

40 posted on 09/03/2005 12:04:42 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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....Think if THAT could happen! I googled news and couldn't find what I heard, though.

That would be a miracle. (and the adoption of families too....)

41 posted on 09/03/2005 12:06:26 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: poobear

Tell them we're praying for them.

42 posted on 09/03/2005 12:25:51 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; pooh bear
"That would be a miracle. (and the adoption of families too....)"

It was 10 families he talked of for each church to adopt.

I also heard very late last night on a cable channel, a minister challenge all southern states to get all denominations to request each and every church within their denomination to adopt just 10 families, each church.

I hope Sunday morning brings good news.

43 posted on 09/03/2005 3:22:25 PM PDT by JLO
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To: poobear; pooh bear

Misdirected post. Apology. Names too close.

44 posted on 09/03/2005 3:25:47 PM PDT by JLO
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To: JLO; poobear

Thanks for keeping us informed.

45 posted on 09/03/2005 3:34:26 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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No apologies accepted, sounds like a great thread. BTW much has come to the trip to MS. Turns out, they have a camp along with the National Gurd. I can't wait to share with you the most wonderful news, 'in their own words'. Please stand by...

God bless everybody!!!
46 posted on 09/03/2005 5:37:24 PM PDT by poobear (Imagine a world of liberal silence.)
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Dear Cincinatus' Wife,

I has been quite a week for the folks in MS. My friend James returned late night Wednesday (his wife and daughter remain to help her mother rebuild) and is making the trip back to Pascagoula (sp) this morning at 5:00 A.M. He is returning with another packed trailer with quite a different load.

Turns out the first trip helped many folks immediately. Gautier was a rural yet populated area. All of the schools were destroyed and almost all of the homes. A miracle that the church, (the one I gave the address to) was standing. But those of us with little faith know why. Anyway, with the donations from strangers a temporary shelter was erected from debris and with the generators and relief gifts sent last week, families have a core to return to at night. One volunteer is producing 150 meals per shift each day now. This was a MAJOR help.

Now, with a little less chaos, this trip is focused on the children. There are many. They need clothes of course, but this trip is focused on them entirely. The Salvation Army, FEMA, and the Red Cross is supplying immediate needs as well as a restaurant supplier is donating all of the food supplies. This brought me to tears. The make shift kitchen makes gallons of rice and beans to the folks all day long. Anyway, the trailer is filled this morning with toys, special stuffed animals and various thank you cards and well wishes from our neighborhood kids. I don't know how many FReepers donated to the church but I know there were calls to the pastor from many strangers. Our friend James and his wife Donna are without words.

Thank you for this opportunity to let others know of the plight of our Mississippi neighbors. Many lost there lives but my hope is that they may rest in peace knowing that the kindness of strangers helped their remaining family members. God bless you.


47 posted on 09/09/2005 4:11:47 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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