Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Help For Hurricane Victims

Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the past week or so, you know that an abundance of water and a lack of supplies has plagued the Gulf Coast following hurricane Katrina. The states of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana resemble Bagdhad or the tsunami-torn Pacific, according to some media reports. I don't have any family in those states anymore, but I am just heartbroken at the conditions that these people have been reduced to. I couldn't imagine being too poor to leave the path of a hurricane, and then having to survive the aftermath. People are walking through waters up to their chest, swimming through sewage, dead bodies and other hazardous conditions, getting nowhere fast.

Hopefully, many of the entertainers that hail from this area are donating what they can to help these people in despair. I know that we in the Pink Ghetto (blue ghetto, or the plain ol' ghetto) don't have much...but it doesn't take much to help. Below are some web sites and phone numbers you can call to donate least $10 to help these people out. Not only are they facing immediate health and safety problems, but the economic and social fallouts from this could take years of repair.

I am donating $20, and I challenge those who read this to do the same...but I want everybody to do something. Forgo a couple drinks this weekend and send that money to people that could use it the most.

Thanks, and please keep me updated on how much and to whom you donated.

How to help

Most charities are requesting financial donations rather than goods or clothing. This enables them to use the funds within the communities that are most affected. How to get information:

• American Red Cross (; 1-800-435-7669 (1-800-HELP-NOW)

• America’s Second Harvest ( for hunger relief; 1-800-344-8070

• Catholic Charities (; 1-800-919-9338

• Church World Services (; 1-800-297-1516

• Network for Good ( provides easy access for donations to a number of charities, including the Humane Society of America (for pets) and various chapters of the United Way in Florida and Louisiana

• Salvation Army (www.1800; 1-800-725-2769 (1-800-SALARMY)

Sources: Dispatch, Knight Ridder Newspapers


At 8:41 AM, Blogger DM said...

I gave $20 to the Red Cross (by the way, the minimum was $5) over the internet.

At 3:03 PM, Blogger Funky D said...

I gave $25 to America's Second Harvest, because that was their lowest pre-designated amount, and since I was already OK with $20, what's another $5?

At 3:24 PM, Blogger Byebye said...

Good work with the relief awareness posts. I been tryin to encourage the same thing. I will probably send a little off of each check for a while. And mad prayers of course. Your post on the VMAs was on point. So you are affiliated with am I...I went to uva with the lead editor of the reviews section...I have done a few reviews since 01..its a first to run across someone else with the same affiliation...nice to meet ya

At 4:05 PM, Anonymous belladawn said...

im so glad u decided 2 post this.. we have a donation coming soon @ national city

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