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Friday, September 02, 2005

Help! The Hurricane Katrina Victims

Previously I posted that I was busy working on my next novel. Well, I finished the first draft on Wednesday, August 31, but didn't feel like celebrating when people in my state are suffering.

Words cannot express how I feel right now. If you've been watching CNN, FOX, or any of the other news stations, you're aware of the loss of lives in New Orleans and the other Gulf Coast States. I have been glued to the TV and on one hand I applaud those that are risking their lives to help, but then on the other hand I'm saddened because it doesn't seem like help is getting there fast enough for my people that are in need. Many are dying by the wayside. They feel like we've abandoned them. Why can't we airlift food and other items to them??? Holding another press conference isn't helping anyone...Action is what's needed.

I know there has been shooting, but we're fighting a war in Iraq which is 100 times worse. Majority of the folks are not shooting, they should not suffer for an ignorant few.

My mind can't comprehend what they may be going through. My compassion for them has brought me to tears throughout the week.

I'm pleading with everyone to Pray, to Donate their money, items and/or their time to help.

These are our people. It could have happened anywhere. Remember the Flood of '93 on the banks of the Mississippi River. It was bad and lives were lost, but nothing like the magnitude of what we're witnessing in Louisiana, Mississippi, etc.

Help. I plead with everyone who read this to help by any means necessary.

Celebrities like Sean "Diddy" Combs, Shawn "JayZ" Carter, and David Banner are pulling together and we as individuals have to pull together. We might not have the millions that they do, but every cent counts.

Contact your local Red Cross.

Red Cross: 1-800-HELP-NOW or http://www.redcross.org

Below are a list of events pulled together to help assist Hurricane KaTrina victims:

NBC Universal has scheduled "A Concert for Hurricane Relief," an hour long show that will air Friday on NBC, MSNBC and CNBC. The concert will include country singer Tim McGraw, pianist and singer Harry Connick Jr. and jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, all Louisiana natives. Matt Lauer will host.

MTV, VH1 and CMT announced a relief campaign that will kick off Saturday, September 10, with a special featuring such acts as the Dave Matthews Band, Alicia Keys, John Mellencamp, Ludacris, Green Day, David Banner, Rob Thomas, Gretchen Wilson and Linkin Park's Chester Bennington. The program will be simulcast live on all three networks from locations in New York, Nashville, Los Angeles and Atlanta.

Morgan Freeman Online Auction @ http://www01.charityfolks.com (proceeds will go to The Red Cross)

Below are places in my area that really need your donations (money and non-perishable items):

Northwest Louisiana Chapter
American Red Cross

Northwest Louisiana Chapter
4221 Linwood Ave
Shreveport, LA 71108-3121

E-mail: redcross@louisianaredcross.org
Phone: 318-865-9545

Web site: http://www.louisianaredcross.org

The Salvation Army
Website http://www.uss.salvationarmy.org/la/default.htm
200 E. Stoner Ave.
Shreveport, LA 71101

Mail Address
P.O. Box 1158,
Shreveport, LA 71163

Phone (318) 424-3200

The Salvation Army
4025 W. Brookstown Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70805-5309

Mail Address
The Salvation Army
P.O. Box 4148,
Baton Rouge, LA 70821

Phone (225) 357-3267


Blogger princessdominique said...
Thanks Shelia. I just wish there was a way that I could get down there and do something to help.  

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