This is a fundraiser for the victims of hurricane Katrina
This morning a friend posted a message about her home being underwater all the way to it's roof, and how they're being told by officials that they won't be able to return for at least three months. Now she and her children are homeless. Someone else posted about leaving her home and finding out later that Katrina had leveled her town. She has yet to hear from a loved one in the path of a sea swell, and fears her dead.
I've cried most of the morning because I haven't the room to take in everyone or the money to make sure everyone has what they need. I'm just one person.
But I'm one person with something to give.
The set being offered, Paper Rain, includes thirty icon-sized textures and one 1025x769 wallpaper-sized texture. Instead of credit for this set, I'd like you to make a donation to one of the listed charities below. The money raised will be used to help those hurt and made homeless by Katrina.
I'm not asking for much. Even one dollar helps, as your one dollar can buy that cup of coffee to calm someone's nerves or added to someone else's dollar to buy much needed supplies like medicine, clothing, and food. Every little bit counts.
Thank you to my friends Oulangi and Daae for gathering and writing up these links.
The Red Cross is asking for Blood and Cash donations.:
American Red Cross
1-800-HELP NOW (435-7669) English,
The Salvation Army
A $100 donation to The Salvation Army will feed a family of four for two days, provide two cases of drinking water and one household clean-up kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets, and cleaning supplies. 1800 SAL ARMY
FEMA's List of organizations - I'm not endorsing any of there groups - I have *issues* with faith based charities, but I'm not going to judge anyone who can actually help. Although I did weed out a few that had mission statements listing proselytizing before mundane concerns like feeding people.
Donate cash to:
American Red Cross
1-800-HELP NOW (435-7669) English,
"Founded in 1978, OBI provides hunger relief, medical care, disaster relief, and education to help develop healthy, self-sustaining communities, families and individuals"
America’s Second Harvest
"America's Second Harvest – The Nation's Food Bank Network is the nation's largest charitable hunger-relief organization"
FEMA's list of organizations you may Donate Cash to and Volunteer with:
Adventist Community Services
"Adventist Community Services is a non-profit, humanitarian agency for the Seventh-day Adventist Church that works within the United States and Bermuda through more than 1,100 localities"
Catholic Charities, USA
"The largest private network of social service organizations in the United States
works to support families, reduce poverty, and build communities"
Christian Reformed World Relief Committee
"The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) is a relief, development, and educational ministry of the Christian Reformed Church in North America"
Church World Service
"Church World Service is the relief, development, and refugee assistance ministry of 36 Protestant, Orthodox, and Anglican denominations in the United States. Working in partnership with indigenous organizations in more than 80 countries, CWS works worldwide to meet human needs and foster self-reliance for all whose way is hard."
Convoy of Hope
" Convoy of Hope, a 501 ( c ) (3) nonprofit organization, serves in the United States and around the world providing disaster relief, building supply lines and sponsoring outreaches to the poor and hurting in communities. During a COH outreach, free groceries are distributed, job and health fairs are organized and activities for children are provided"
Mennonite Disaster Service
"Mennonite Disaster Service is a channel through which various constituencies of the Anabaptist church can respond to those affected by disasters in North America. While our main focus is on clean up, repair and rebuilding homes, this activity becomes a means of touching lives and helping people regain faith and wholeness."
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
" Presbyterian Disaster Assistance enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) to witness to the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crisis and catastrophic events."
United Methodist Committee on Relief
"The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the not-for-profit humanitarian agency of The United Methodist Church. Since 1940 UMCOR's mission-- providing relief in disaster areas, aiding refugees and confronting the challenge of world hunger and poverty-- has helped to heal the hurts of humanity in nearly 100 countries."
In a disaster like this, animals, just like humans, go through extreme trauma and need immediate help. Many owners evacuating either could not take pets or thought they'd be back in 24 hours and left them behind. Thousands of shelter animals were simply abandoned. CNN's Jeanne Mazure describe the misery of thousands of barking dogs, waiting for *someone* to rescue them as the only sound she could hear in the long nights. Obviously rescue workers have their hands full with saving people.
The Audubon Zoo animals appear to also be in dire straits. At least some animals were left behind - CNN reposted three seals swept from their pen into the streets. Two died, a third was shot by the police after having been dosed with water for 24 hours by volunteers because they simply had no way to help the animal.
North Shore Animal League - North Shore has already started going in and rescuing animals
"North Shore Animal League America is the world's largest no-kill pet rescue and adoption organization."
Noah's Wish - According to their site they've dispatched ten people into the disaster areas to rescue animals.
"Noah's Wish is a not-for-profit, animal welfare organization, with a straightforward mission. We exist to keep animals alive during disasters. That's it"
The Humane Society of the United States
"In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, The HSUS has begun a massive relief effort to rescue animals and assist their caregivers in the disaster areas. Our highly trained Disaster Animal Response Teams are moving into Mississippi today to begin a multi-state animal rescue and recovery effort."
The Episcopal Disaster Relief Fund is currently accepting donations to aid those who were in the path of Hurricane Katrina.
There's also PetSmart Charities and The Humane Society of the United States, both of which are now also concentrating on helping the animals in the gulf coast region.
See what your favorite charity is doing to help through the Network For Good.
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