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Thursday, September 01, 2005

KATRINA:You Can Help Today

Today is Hurricane Relief Blog Day. There are approximately a million people in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama who have been left homeless or have otherwise suffered immensely as a result of Hurricane Katrina. These people need your help now. I recommend Samaritan's Purse.

Even before Katrina had finished smashing the Gulf Coast, Samaritan's Purse was loading its trucks and preparing its emergency relief teams to go to the people in need. Samaritan's Purse is the creation of Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham. Graham's organization focuses on aiding people trapped in the world's most difficult places - like Sudan, Niger - as well as its Operation Christmas Child that delivers hundreds of thousands of shoeboxes filled with toys and goodies to suffering children around the world.

You can learn more here about this tremendous organization and what it is doing to help our fellow Americans in need as a result of Katrina. My sweet wife Claudia and I sent our contribution Tuesday and at some point in the next few months we will be going to the disaster area as volunteers as well. I hope you and your family will do the same.


Chuck Simmins' latest roundup of private sector Katrina aid has reached more than $45 million.

How would you like to have the top post all day on one of the most widely-read blogs in the Blogosphere? You can if you top the bidding for that privilege, which is being offered today by Wizbang in its Hurricane Relief Auction. What a great idea, Jay Tea!

Katrina is easily the most frequently used term in the Blogosphere, according to BlogPulse. That's a solid sign of the depth of the Blogosphere's commitment to covering the disaster and being part of the swelling legions of compassion.

Let's not forget that Katrina also took a toll on the pets of the people of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Lots of reports of people remaining behind in the storm because they couldn't bear to abandon much-loved pets.

Yes, it's an illogical perspective in the face of mortal danger, but anybody who has ever been attached to an ever-loyal companion will understand. BestFriends has information on its pet rescue efforts underway. And Doug Petch links to Petfinder.com, which has established a resource directory and bulletin board for displaced pets and their people.

Double Toothpicks is an amateur radio operator, which means he has means of communication with people in the disaster zones that aren't available to the rest of us and thus may be able to get important messages to and from victims and their families and friends outside the destruction.

Peggy Noonan notes that the best local Katrina blogging will come when power is restored:

"In February I wrote that bloggers will help get America through a national crisis. They just did. Nothing has the immediacy and believability of local reports by citizen journalists living through a local story.
"Terry Teachout performed a public service linking to Katrina blogs; Glenn Reynolds offered links to relief organizations. The Times Picayune's live-blogging has been solid. Local bloggers were great until they started losing electric power and couldn't send anymore. Mr. Teachout told me at the end they were blogging by BlackBerry.
"As power comes back the greatest blogging should begin--what it was like, what the recovery is like, what is happening on the streets. Thanks in advance."

HT: Opinion Journal