I feel helpless. I know I'm not alone. This is beyond a national crisis. It's a worldwide crisis. It affects everyone - not just those directly involved.
There are so many links referencing Hurricane Katrina - blogs, journals, websites, donation sites, news sites. By now we are all aware of the devastation, the horror, the uninhabitable conditions and the overwhelming need for assistance.
My heart breaks.
Still, much of what I've been reading and hearing are arguments about left and right. Things like, "Don't blame me. I voted for Kerry." So did I, but that doesn't make me exempt from this crisis.
The most insensitive comments I've heard so far were from Jason Pullman, a local radio DJ. He said (paraphrased), Let's face it, that section of the country needed to be cleaned up anyway. Then, referring to the caller who was distraught about the devastation, Pullman showed more of his own ass by implying, some people are too sensitive. It must be that time of the month for her.
I was stunned and enraged. I considered calling the station to ask for a public apology on so many accounts. Then I realized my energy could be better spent.
Everyone deals with tragedy differently. Terror and shock will make us say and do things we might not usually say or do. Having survived a major earthquake, I can attest to that. Still, there's no way of really knowing how the citizens of New Orleans and Mississippi feel.
I (we) need to be their strength, their hope, their salvation.
united we stand.
divided we fall.
Feel helpless no more. Pitch in. Make a contribution to the relief fund. Most places are accepting cash/credit donations only (much needed). Others will accept goods like clothing and water. As mentioned in many other places, be aware of scam donation sites.
Make sure your donation is actually going to be received by those in need. charitynavigator.org.
Check your favorite charity. Or use Charity Navigator's list of highly-rated charities assisting in the relief effort.
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