Sunday, September 04, 2005

Helping Hurricane Victims

There are several relief organizations assisting Hurricane Katrina victims. Please donate to at least one of them. Think you don't have anything? Think about this.

If you smoke at least a pack a day, you've spent anywhere from $5 to $10 dollars.

If you drive a car, you'll spend anywhere from $3.50 to $4.00 per gallon. That comes to $70 to $90 to fill the tank of an average sized car. Drive an SUV and you'll spend more like $100.

If you went out tonight for drinks and dinner with friends, you've spend anywhere from $20 to $50 or more if you're in an urban area.

If you purchased a pair of jeans, another white blouse, or another pair of black shoes, you've spent anywhere from $30 to $100.

I'm not trying to make people grudgingly give, for even the Bible says that God prefers as cheerful giver. I just want you to think about how blessed you are when thousands of people have spent the last week searching for loved ones, or living in garbage-strewn, dangerous conditions, or trying not to go into diabetic shock because of a lack of insulin and food. I just want you to think about being pregnant in tropical heat, without clean water or food, going into labor. Or an infant on a respirator in a hospital with iffy power. Or having a change of clothes when others have been damp for a week. Please, before you think about just how much you need to go to the club with your friends, think about donating the price of one round of drinks.

Donate to:

Amazon.com's fund that goes directly to the American Red Cross

Salvation Army's care package for victims, including food, water, and cleaning supplies

Catholic Charities

United Way

Give.org is a service from the Better Business Bureau that provides guidelines on how to spot reputable and bogus charities. The link above gives a complete list of charities providing hurricane relief.

Thanks, y'all.

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