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POST your Katrina Good News Stories (the ones the MSM doesn't want you to know about)
Various ^ | September 3, 2005 | Contributors

Posted on 09/03/2005 10:04:34 AM PDT by NavySEAL F-16

Edited on 09/03/2005 10:06:22 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

I have asked the moderators if we could start a thread with all the heartwarming, good news stories that are coming out of the disaster called Katrina.

The MSM is purposely not reporting these stories and we need to do something about it.

Everyone is encouraged to post URL's, stories, etc.

I've started with A Small Victory http://asmallvictory.net/archives/009740.html

Michelle is already on her fifth thread of good news stories that have been contributed to her site.

Have at it, folks.


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1 posted on 09/03/2005 10:04:35 AM PDT by NavySEAL F-16
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To: NavySEAL F-16

Geraldo just reported on a large group of Vietnamese immigrant victoms of Katrina...who were refusing any aid until everybody else was helped.

He said they have been calm throughout, and were a "Sea of tranquility" among the chaos.

Truly a credit to them, as opposed to some of our other "citizens."


2 posted on 09/03/2005 10:07:17 AM PDT by Sometimes A River ("The leaves have broken on Lake Ponktran" - WKAT 1360 AM Miami Newsreader)
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To: NavySEAL F-16

This was posted earlier by Cincinatus' Wife

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1475860/posts


3 posted on 09/03/2005 10:07:31 AM PDT by NavySEAL F-16 (Proud to be a Reagan Republican)
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To: NavySEAL F-16

I'm sure there are plenty of good stories about heroic deeds done by the people of New Orleans.


4 posted on 09/03/2005 10:08:21 AM PDT by cripplecreek (If you must obey your party, may your chains rest lightly upon your shoulders.)
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To: NavySEAL F-16
Chihauhau found in a sink and rescued, many animal shelters being set up
5 posted on 09/03/2005 10:09:53 AM PDT by MarMema
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To: NavySEAL F-16

This was posted by pittsburgh gop guy.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1476164/posts


6 posted on 09/03/2005 10:10:01 AM PDT by NavySEAL F-16 (Proud to be a Reagan Republican)
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bump


7 posted on 09/03/2005 10:10:12 AM PDT by deport (If you want something bad enough, there's someone who will sell it to you. Even the truth your way.)
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To: cripplecreek

Tell them to post their stories.


8 posted on 09/03/2005 10:11:26 AM PDT by NavySEAL F-16 (Proud to be a Reagan Republican)
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To: Acts 2:38

I saw that too, they are a fine example of Catholic-Christian citizens who put their trust in Jesus.


9 posted on 09/03/2005 10:11:44 AM PDT by pbear8 (Laus Semper Deus)
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To: Acts 2:38

If any of them came in the boat lift, or lived in Vietnam, NO must seem like heaven. Plus, they know not to wait on the government for help.


10 posted on 09/03/2005 10:13:22 AM PDT by mathluv (Mercy shown to an evil man is cruelty to the innocent.)
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To: Acts 2:38

There was a minister in NO who was here in Tn who was on a speaking tour or something. His wife and 2 daughters and dog were still in NO. He went to get his family but his wife who was a nurse stayed behind to help. Fortuneately they all are safe along with the dog. Their picture was in our local paper. A very heartwarming story.


11 posted on 09/03/2005 10:14:59 AM PDT by beckysueb (God bless America and President Bush.)
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To: NavySEAL F-16
Katrina's Good News Stories (that the MSM won't tell you)

But of course. The government was a well-oiled machine until GW Bush came along and ruined everything.

12 posted on 09/03/2005 10:17:15 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity ( "Sic semper tyrannis." (Your dinosaur is ill.))
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To: NavySEAL F-16

One story I see missing from the MSM is how Ala. is faring. They were hit as hard as anybody but not one single story about Ala. Very little on Mississippi. I wonder if its cause they are taking care of things much better than La. The squeaky wheel gets the grease.


13 posted on 09/03/2005 10:17:59 AM PDT by beckysueb (God bless America and President Bush.)
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To: NavySEAL F-16

I saw a family on the news last night who told a miraculous story.

They were trapped on the upper floor of their home and had turned down rescue to avoid splitting the family up. A while later a large empty boat came floating around the corner. When they reached safety the father was pressed into service caring for others because he is some kind of nurse.

I can only attribute their story to GOD.


14 posted on 09/03/2005 10:18:12 AM PDT by cripplecreek (If you must obey your party, may your chains rest lightly upon your shoulders.)
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To: NavySEAL F-16

At the New Orleans dome, one thug was caught by vigilantes trying to rape a 13 year old and he was beaten to death........


15 posted on 09/03/2005 10:22:19 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (I'm tired of idiots and don't have enough ammo to shoot them all.......Jeez, I hate that thought!)
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To: NavySEAL F-16

From a Navy guy:
Haven't read much about this in the news .... but a Navy info source that I receive sent this out this morning.

Thanks to the Navy's new readiness model 28 ships were ready to get underway within 24 hours.

Bataan (a helicopter carrier) and HSV (High Speed Vessel) 2 Swift, out of Naval Station Ingleside, Texas, are off the affected coastline providing support. Four MH-53s (huge helos capable of moving 40-50 troops) and two HH-60s (capable of moving about 20 troops) off the Bataan are flying medevac and search and rescue (SAR) missions in Louisiana, and supporting the Coast Guard's 8th District. Bataan's hospital and staff has been augmented by an additional contingent from the Navy's Bureau of Medicine (BUMED), consisting of 85 personnel, including 12 physicians and 4 surgeons.

The Iwo Jima (large helo carrier) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) is sailing from Norfolk, Va. loaded with disaster-response equipment. The USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8 - an oiler, ammunition and stores (as in refrigerated stores)) is currently off the Gulf Coast. USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) (large helo carrier), USS Shreveport (LPD 12) (large helo capable troop transport ship), and USS Tortuga (LSD 46) (large, helo capable troop transport ship) are expected soon. A medical staff augmentation for Iwo Jima is expected to be en route tomorrow.

The hospital ship, USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), is departing Baltimore by September 3 to bring some 270 medical staff, capable of supporting 250 hospital beds, to the Gulf region. Project Hope has offered to embark additional medical personnel, and the Air Force's Surgeon General has offered to provide still further staff if needed.

USS Harry S. Truman (aircraft carrier) (CVN 75) and USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) (same as Tortuga above) are sailing today for areas off the Gulf Coast in support to FEMA relief operations. Truman will serve as a command center and an afloat staging base, and will carry additional helicopters from Naval Air Station Jacksonville to support search and rescue efforts. Whidbey Island will bring to the region the ability to employ a movable causeway.

USS Grapple (ARS 53) (salvage ship) is currently en route in order to assist with maritime and underwater survey and salvage operations.

Military Sealift Command has transferred control of five of its ships to the Navy's Second Fleet to provide further support to relief efforts. USNS Bellatrix, Altair, Pillilau, Bob Hope, and Argol are in the Gulf of Mexico already (all capable of carrying lots of food stuffs, and supplies). USNS Arctic is also at sea in the Gulf and acting as a FEMA support ship and providing logistics services support for the other ships at sea.

Navy helicopters from Jacksonville and Mayport, Fla., are supporting relief efforts, and Navy Seabees from Port Hueneme, Jacksonville, and Norfolk are on scene or making preparations to deploy to assist in relief operations.

USNS Pollux is operating onboard dialysis equipment for the patients of a local hospital, providing diesel fuel for area hospitals' generators, and providing meals and berthing to relief workers.
More Navy-Katrina info here.


16 posted on 09/03/2005 10:28:38 AM PDT by AliVeritas (Ignorance is a condition. Stupidity is a strategy.)
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To: All

Forgot the link to above: http://www.navy.mil/


17 posted on 09/03/2005 10:30:37 AM PDT by AliVeritas (Ignorance is a condition. Stupidity is a strategy.)
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To: Hot Tabasco
At the New Orleans dome, one thug was caught by vigilantes trying to rape a 13 year old and he was beaten to death........

Now that IS good news! One thing I just heard on the local news that has been largely ignored by the MSM, around 15 countries have supplies and troops on there way to help us. The MSM won't report this cause it would ruin their "everybody hates Bush and America" mantra. And the biggest good story of all that isn't being reported: President Bush has returned sanity to LA.

18 posted on 09/03/2005 10:31:51 AM PDT by beckysueb (God bless America and President Bush.)
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To: cripplecreek

Wonderful!


19 posted on 09/03/2005 10:32:28 AM PDT by NavySEAL F-16 (Proud to be a Reagan Republican)
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To: beckysueb

Can you post the story?

Here's that URL from my first post:

http://asmallvictory.net/archives/009740.html


20 posted on 09/03/2005 10:33:54 AM PDT by NavySEAL F-16 (Proud to be a Reagan Republican)
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To: NavySEAL F-16

One of the sweetest stories to come out of this is the one about Jabbar Gibson, the teen who took the school bus and transported 80 "strangers, old ladies and newborns" from New Orleans to Houston.

When Greta Van Sustern interviewed him last night she asked him if he had ever driven a bus.

--"No, M'am."

"How did you start the bus?"

--"I found a key and tried all the buses til one of them started."

"How long did it take you to get to Houston?"

--"Eight hours."

"How did you manage to drive all that way."

--"I drove very slow."

"Who paid for the gas?"

--"We all chipped in."

"What did you tell those people on the bus?"

--"I told them I loved them."


21 posted on 09/03/2005 10:37:01 AM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg (There are very few shades of gray.)
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To: NavySEAL F-16

A missing persons forum for people to use...

http://www.nola.com/forums/searching/


22 posted on 09/03/2005 10:37:40 AM PDT by deport (If you want something bad enough, there's someone who will sell it to you. Even the truth your way.)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg

This kid should go far in life! Great heartwarming story.


23 posted on 09/03/2005 10:38:16 AM PDT by NavySEAL F-16 (Proud to be a Reagan Republican)
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To: beckysueb
Huntsville
24 posted on 09/03/2005 10:39:05 AM PDT by MarMema
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To: Hot Tabasco

Tabasco,

Can you possibly post a link to that story? I really would love to read it and pass it on to others. That's a GREAT story


25 posted on 09/03/2005 10:39:33 AM PDT by girlangler (I'd rather be fishing)
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To: Acts 2:38
I was just pondering the dignity the Vietnamese families were exhibiting. They are remarkable. There are probably many reasons for their refusing aid until everybody else was taken care of but one might be that they know that lives can be rebuilt and successful after a disaster. They have experienced it first hand themselves when fleeing Vietnam.

This is a story I wish the media would follow up with and not just give it a short mention by G.R. on FoxNews.

26 posted on 09/03/2005 10:41:06 AM PDT by zeaal (SPREAD TRUTH!)
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To: NavySEAL F-16
The photo Fox was showing last night of Gibson looking petrified but determined behind the wheel of the big yellow school bus packed with survivors crowded behind him was absolutely priceless. I can't find it on the internet. Hope Fox releases it.
28 posted on 09/03/2005 10:42:27 AM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg (There are very few shades of gray.)
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To: NavySEAL F-16

you are nuts. I have been hearing good news stories.

A journalist would not turn down a good human interest piece.


29 posted on 09/03/2005 10:42:36 AM PDT by rwfromkansas (http://www.xanga.com/home.aspx?user=rwfromkansas)
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To: seamole
St. Mamas is the patron saint of my goat herd, and the lebanese version of Saint Mamas is, as you seem to know, my FR name.

Thank you very much!

30 posted on 09/03/2005 10:45:27 AM PDT by MarMema
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To: rwfromkansas

Are you being sarcastic?


31 posted on 09/03/2005 10:46:37 AM PDT by NavySEAL F-16 (Proud to be a Reagan Republican)
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To: beckysueb

Here's one from Alabama...I emailed to check on a friend (medical student who has been in the path of all of the storms from Ivan to Katrina)in Gulf Shores. They fared better this time than the others, his wife developed pre-eclampsia Monday and had to be induced. Baby, Mom, Dad and big sis and big bro are doing well. :o) PTL!


32 posted on 09/03/2005 10:47:43 AM PDT by N8VTXNinWV
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To: Acts 2:38

I saw that report. Sea of tranquility (and dignity and disciplin) is a good description. I would like to see at least Fox do more on this. Hiraldo should get over there and expand on his report. What a contrast.....


33 posted on 09/03/2005 10:47:52 AM PDT by airstrike
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To: Dr. Eckleburg

Thank you for that sweet story! God bless that young man.


34 posted on 09/03/2005 10:48:08 AM PDT by MarMema
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To: NavySEAL F-16

From The Humane Society of The United States: For the animal lovers

Reports about the toll to wildlife sanctuaries in the flood region have been slow in coming. Six dolphins from a Gulfport aquarium, Marine Life Oceanarium, were first evacuated to hotel swimming pools and then later moved to facilities in Florida. A number of seal lions were also being evacuated to Florida on Wednesday. The HSUS is doing a great job of ensuring search & rescue efforts and the reuniting of pets back with their pet owners.


35 posted on 09/03/2005 10:48:57 AM PDT by SunnySide (Ephes2:8 ByGraceYou'veBeenSavedThruFaithAGiftOfGodSoNoOneCanBoast)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg
Is the the picture?

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/special/05/katrina/3334317

36 posted on 09/03/2005 10:50:18 AM PDT by dynoman (Objectivity is the essence of intelligence. - Marylin vos Savant)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg

"What did you tell those people on the bus?"

Jabbar Gibson, "I told them I loved them."


He's a deciple of Christ, his lord and savior.

Now DO YOU BELEIVE?


37 posted on 09/03/2005 10:53:10 AM PDT by SunnySide (Ephes2:8 ByGraceYou'veBeenSavedThruFaithAGiftOfGodSoNoOneCanBoast)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg
Jabbar Gibson
38 posted on 09/03/2005 10:54:16 AM PDT by Deo volente
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To: Deo volente

Thanks. That looks like the one from Fox.

Poor kid. You can almost feel how nervous he must have been.

I'd take Jabbar Gibson over Sandra Bullock any day of the week. 8~)


39 posted on 09/03/2005 11:02:29 AM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg (There are very few shades of gray.)
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To: SunnySide

Yes, by the grace of God.


40 posted on 09/03/2005 11:04:03 AM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg (There are very few shades of gray.)
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To: NavySEAL F-16

Someone forwarded this to me last night..

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The Positive Stories Must Get Out

Name: Robert LeBlanc

Home #: (removed)

Email: rlrenrec@aol.com

Subject: My Hurricane Story -- The Positive Stories Must Get Out

Story: Please help me to get this story out. We need to get the truth out and these people helped.

Jeff Rau, a family and now personal friend to whom I will forever be linked, and I were volunteering with a boat and pulling people out of the water on Wednesday. I have a first-hand experience of what we encountered. In my opinion, everything that is going on in the media is a complete bastardization of what is really happening. The result is that good people are dying and losing family members. I have my own set of opinions about welfare and people working to improve thier own lot instead of looking for handouts, but what is occurring now is well beyond those borders. These people need help and need to get out. We can sort out all of the social and political issues later, but human beings with any sense of compassion would agree that the travesty that is going on here in New Orleans needs to end and people's lives need to be saved and families need to be put back together. Now.

I will tell you that I would probably disagree with most of the people that still need to be saved on political, social, and cultural values. However, it must be noted that these people love thier friends and families like I do, desire to live like I do, and care for their respective communities (I was even amazed at the site of seemingly young and poor black people caring for sickly and seemingly well-to-do white people and tourists still needing evacuation from New Orleans' downtown area) the same way I care for mine.

Eight people in particular who stood out during our rescue and whose stories deserve to be told:

1.) We were in motor boats all day ferrying people back and forth approximately a mile and a half each way (from Carrolton down Airline Hwy to the Causeway overpass). Early in the day, we witnessed a black man in a boat with no motor paddling with a piece of lumber. He rescued people in the boat and paddled them to safety (a mile and a half). He then, amidst all of the boats with motors, turned around and paddled back out across the mile and a half stretch to do his part in getting more people out. He refused to give up or occupy any of the motored boat resources because he did not want to slow us down in our efforts. I saw him at about 5:00 p.m., paddling away from the rescue point back out into the neighborhoods with about a half mile until he got to the neighborhood, just two hours before nightfall. I am sure that his trip took at least an hour and a half each trip, and he was going back to get more people knowing that he'd run out of daylight. He did all of this wit! h a t!
wo-by-four.

2.) One of the groups that we rescued were 50 people standing on the bridge that crosses over Airline Hwy just before getting to Carrolton Ave going toward downtown. Most of these people had been there, with no food, water, or anyplace to go since Monday morning (we got to them Wed afternoon) and surrounded by 10 feet of water all around them. There was one guy who had been there since the beginning, organizing people and helping more people to get to the bridge safely as more water rose on Wednesday morning. He did not leave the bridge until everyone got off safely, even deferring to people who had gotten to the bridge Wed a.m. and, although inconvenienced by loss of power and weather damage, did have the luxury of some food and some water as late as Tuesday evening. This guy waited on the bridge until dusk, and was one of the last boats out that night. He could have easily not made it out that night and been stranded on the bridge alone.

3.) The third story may be the most compelling. I will not mince words. This was in a really rough neighborhood and we came across five seemingly unsavory characters. One had scars from what seemed to be gunshot wounds. We found these guys at a two-story recreational complex, one of the only two-story buildings in the neighborhood. They broke into the center and tried to rustle as many people as possible from the neighborhood into the center. These guys stayed outside in the center all day, getting everyone out of the rec center onto boats. We approached them at approximately 6:30 p.m., obviously one of the last trips of the day, and they sent us further into the neighborhood to get more people out of homes and off rooftops instead of getting on themselves. This at the risk of their not getting out and having to stay in the water for an undetermined (you have to understand the uncertainly that all of the people in these accounts faced without having any info on the resc! ue ef!
forts, how far or deep the flooding was, or where to go if they want to swim or walk out) amount of time. These five guys were on the last boat out of the neighborhood at sundown. They were incredibly grateful, mentioned numerous times 'God is going to bless y'all for this'. When we got them to the dock, they offered us an Allen Iverson jersey off of one of their backs as a gesture of gratitude, which was literally probably the most valuable possession among them all. Obviously, we declined, but I remain tremendously impacted by this gesture.

I don't know what to do with all of this, but I think we need to get this story out. Some of what is being portrayed among the media is happening and is terrible, but it is among a very small group of people, not the majority. They make it seem like New Orleans has somehow taken the atmosphere of the mobs in Mogadishu portrayed in the book and movie "Black Hawk Down," which is making volunteers (including us) more hesitant and rescue attempts more difficult. As a result, people are dying. My family has been volunteering at the shelters here in Houma and can count on one hand the number of people among thousands who have not said "Thank You." or "God Bless You." Their lives shattered and families torn apart, gracious just to have us serve them beans and rice.

If anything, these eight people's stories deserve to be told, so that people across the world will know what they really did in the midst of this devastation. So that it will not be assumed that they were looting hospitals, they were shooting at helicopters. It must be known that they, like many other people that we encountered, sacrificed themselves during all of this to help other people in more dire straits than their own.

It is also important to know that this account is coming from someone who is politically conservative, believes in capitalism and free enterprise, and is traditionally against many of the opinions and stances of activists like Michael Moore and other liberals on most of the hot-topic political issues of the day. Believe me, I am not the political activist. This transcends politics. This is about humanity and helping mankind. We need to get these people out. Save their lives. We can sort out all of the political and social issues later. People need to know the truth of what is going on at the ground level so that they know that New Orleans and the people stranded there are, despite being panicked and desperate, gracious people and they deserve the chance to live. They need all of our help, as well.

This is an accurate account of things. Jeffery Rau would probably tell the same exact stories.

Regards,
Robert LeBlanc


41 posted on 09/03/2005 11:07:01 AM PDT by nwctwx (Everything I need to know, I learned on the Threat Matrix)
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To: dynoman

Yep, that's the photo -- post #38.
It's good to see the shot getting a lot of media exposure.

When Greta asked Gibson where the bus was now in Houston, he pointed...

"Over there."

LOL.


42 posted on 09/03/2005 11:12:24 AM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg (There are very few shades of gray.)
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To: NavySEAL F-16

I am sorry. I am so computer illiterate. I still can't figure out how to post an article.


43 posted on 09/03/2005 11:14:56 AM PDT by beckysueb (God bless America and President Bush.)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg

Wow! Goosebumps here!


44 posted on 09/03/2005 11:15:42 AM PDT by beckysueb (God bless America and President Bush.)
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To: NavySEAL F-16
Hutchison (KS) News Saturday, September 03, 2005 - 01:13 PM

Garden City preparing to help relocate hurricane victims

GARDEN CITY - Garden City is preparing to host some families displaced by Hurricane Katrina, Mayor Janie Perkins said Friday.

Officials didn't specify how many families they hope to bring in, but they said the transition would occur in the coming weeks with the assistance of Catholic Social Services and the Red Cross.

"These families have lost so much," Perkins said in a press release. "The best thing we can give them now is hope."

Garden City and St. Catherine's Hospital here will donate residential rental properties to house the families while Garden City USD 457 has agreed to waive fees and provide counseling for incoming children, according to the press release.

The hospital also has pledged to provide medical check-ups, family counseling and other services while the Garden City Chamber of Commerce and other area businesses are preparing to make contributions of their own.

Perkins encourages all Garden City residents to get involved, gathering up food, clothing, furniture, school supplies and other items that the newcomers might need.
"Look at everything in your house," she said. "That's what these families will need."
She also called on the public to think about how to address the labor and transportation needs of any newcomers as well as their living expenses.

A fund has been created at Western State Bank for donations to refugee families, the Hurricane Katrina Family Fund. City officials will announce drop-off locations for other donations early next week.

09/03/2005; 1:29:06 AM

45 posted on 09/03/2005 11:18:18 AM PDT by Dust in the Wind
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To: MarMema

A person can find all kinds of great stories if they look. Unfortunately the MSM is only reporting on things that will create chaos and anger when they could be doing so much good. God bless all the policemen and rescue workers in La. who have unselfishly given of themselves without recognition and whos reputations will be besmirched now because of the media concentrating on a few bad apples.


46 posted on 09/03/2005 11:20:02 AM PDT by beckysueb (God bless America and President Bush.)
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To: NavySEAL F-16

Some Good News...
They just said that the lower Mississippi River is open to deep draft vessels with up to 35 ft draft.


47 posted on 09/03/2005 11:20:18 AM PDT by stlnative
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To: N8VTXNinWV

Thats great! God bless them all!


48 posted on 09/03/2005 11:21:29 AM PDT by beckysueb (God bless America and President Bush.)
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To: NavySEAL F-16

Mississippi foster children, disabled adults are coming to Kansas


By Chris Grenz

Harris News Service

TOPEKA - A group of foster children and developmentally disabled adults from hurricane-ravaged Mississippi, where their group homes were destroyed, temporarily will be coming to Salina and elsewhere in Kansas.

Sharon Ringler, vice president of marketing and development for St. Francis Academy in Salina, said three of St. Francis' sister facilities - two in Picayune, Miss., and one in Pascagoula, Miss. - had about 70 staff members and 44 clients in need of assistance.

But she was relieved to report no one was hurt within the St. Francis system, a national, not-for-profit behavioral health organization.

"We're trying to get them out," Ringler said. "We're just trying to do the right thing to get them here and take care of them until they can go back."

With no electricity or telephone lines in much of Mississippi, communication has been a challenge, Ringler said. So far, they have relied on a single radiotelephone at one of the Mississippi campuses.

"We don't know what some of the buildings look like," Ringler said. "We still have staff that are not able to even get out to see if they have a home. We have staff that have no home."

Ringler said many staff members haven't been able to touch base with parents, siblings and other relatives.

"The communication part is just so difficult," Ringler said. "That's a huge problem."

To help, St. Francis Academy in Salina is opening its doors. Ringler expects about 20 foster children and seven staff members to arrive today. That group likely will be able to stay at residential facilities in Salina.

More will come over the next few days, with perhaps 40 clients in all coming to Kansas. Some may have to be shuffled to other facilities or foster homes in the state, Ringler said. Counselors will be available for the children.

"We're going to have to deal with grief and we want to be able to take care of all of them," she said. "Not a whole lot is being shared as far as the devastation. They know that it's bad and they've got to go to another area. You know, sometimes you can just share too much."

About 12 developmentally delayed adults are expected.

"They're very confused about what has happened," she said.

Ringler isn't certain how many staff members are coming, but they will do their best to meet their needs, she said.

"When we get them here, we're not thinking days or weeks," she said. "We're talking about months."

At United Methodist Youthville in Newton, spokeswoman Amy James said they are prepared to lend assistance.

"We have been contacted by the state to help out if needed, and of course we're willing to do that," she said. "It's an honor to be able to help out in any way we can."

The Farm, an Overland Park foster care contractor, also has agreed to take 50 or more kids, said Social and Rehabilitation Spokesman Mike Deines.

"They're contacting foster families and asking for their assistance," he said.

At a morning legislative budget meeting at the Statehouse, House Budget Chairman Melvin Neufeld, R-Ingalls, said he was asking state agencies to waive cumbersome policies to help those in need get settled quickly in Kansas.

"We need to make sure these people are taken care of," he said. "It's a big tragedy in our nation and we need to step up and do our part."

At a Statehouse news conference, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said a community leader in Parsons had called her office to say they were willing to adopt five families in need of a home. Up to 1 million Americans could be displaced by the storm for many months, Sebelius said.

"We in Kansas have a long tradition of helping neighbors in need," she said. "We have communities that are beginning to step up and say we would be willing to adopt families."

Already, there are several thousand refugees in Arkansas, she said, and more may be headed this way.

"We anticipate that that move may come further west and further north," she said.

Deines, the SRS spokesman, said some refugees already are beginning to arrive in the southeast corner of Kansas.

"We've gotten some indication that we're starting to see some folks flow into the state," he said. "We're in the process of developing guidelines that would allow them to apply for food stamps and those types of programs here in Kansas."

HOW TO HELP:

St. Francis Academy in Salina will welcome a group of foster children, developmentally disabled adults and dozens of homeless staff members from Hurricane Katrina-ravaged Mississippi beginning today. Those wishing to help, either with the needs of those staying in Kansas or the rebuilding effort in Mississippi, can send a check, payable to St. Francis Academy, P.O. Box 1340, Salina, KS 67402. Please note the money is for the "Mississippi disaster" on the memo line. For more information, call (785) 825-5915.

"We do need monetary help," said Sharon Ringler, vice president of marketing and development for St. Francis Academy in Salina. "That would be very much appreciated."


09/02/2005; 1:29:14 AM


49 posted on 09/03/2005 11:21:42 AM PDT by Dust in the Wind
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50 posted on 09/03/2005 11:24:41 AM PDT by beckybea (Never ask a man where he's from. If he's from Texas;he'll tell you.If he's not,don't embarrass him.)
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