Katrina Aftermath: How To Help

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What They Need
Air mattresses, aspirin, baby aspirin, baby food, baby wipes, Band Aids, batteries, blankets, books for adults or children, coloring books, crayons, candles, cleaning supplies, clothing, cotton balls or swabs, diapers, flashlights, garbage bags, gasoline gift cards, hydrogen peroxide BUT NOT rubbing alcohol (flammable), magazines, plastic utensils, pillows and pillowcases, radios – portable with batteries, razors – male and female, sanitary napkins or tampons, shaving cream, sheets, shoes, sneakers, soap, socks, toilet paper, toothbrushes and toothpaste, vitamins, water (bottles).
If you are placing donated items in a bag PLEASE LABEL them. For example, AChildren=s shoes@ or AAdult shoes,@ AChildren=s clothes@ or AAdult clothes.@

For Monetary Donations
BlackAmericaWeb.com Relief FundPO Box 803209, Dallas, TX 75240www.blackamericaweb.com/reliefThis fund has been set up by nationally syndicated radio personality TOM JOYNER.

The NAACP is setting up command centers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama as part of its disaster relief efforts. Also, the NAACP has established a disaster relief fund to accept monetary donations to aid in the relief effort. Donations can also be made online at www.naacp.org/disaster/contribute.php  And checks can be sent to the NAACP, payable to: NAACP Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund 4805 Mt. Hope Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215
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Team Rescue was set up by native New Orleans rapper Master P and his wife Sonya Miller. www.teamrescueone.com

Noah=s Wish is connecting hurricane victims with their pets and conducting emergency animal rescues. www.noahswish.org

Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence is providing services and shelter to women who were in shelters for battered women and have had to flee.  www.lcadvhrf.org.

You can mail or ship nonperishable items to the following locations:

Center for Life Outreach Center121 Saint Landry Street, Lafayette, LA 70506 Attn: Minister Pamela Robinson 337-504-5374

Muhammad Mosque 65 2600 Plank Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70805 Attn: Minister Andrew Muhammad: 225.923.1400, 225-357-3079
Lewis Temple CME Church
272 Medgar Evers Street,
Grambling,LA,71245
Attn: Rev. Dr. Ricky Helton318-247-3793

St. Luke Community United Methodist Church
c/o Hurricane Katrina Victims5710 East R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas, TX 75223
Attn: Pastor Tom Waitschies 214-821-2970
 
S.H.A.P.E. Community Center

3815 Live Oak, Houston, Texas 77004Attn: Deloyd Parker  713-521-0641

Five other things YOU can do to help immediately!
1. Duplicate what we are doing elsewhere in New York City, in your city or town, on your college campus, at your church, synagogue, mosque or other religious institution, via your fraternity or sorority, or via your local civic or social organization.

2. Share this information with folks near and far via e-mail, or as a handout at your event, religious institution and with your civic or social organization.

3. Voice your opinion to local and national media,  to elected officials, via letter, e-mail, op-ed article, or phone call regarding the coverage of the New Orleans catastrophe, as well as the  handling of this situation by the federal government.

4. Ask the hotel you frequent to give your hotel points to an individual or family in need of a stay for a night, a few nights or longer, depending on how many points you have. Be sure to get confirmation that your points have been applied in that way. Also, inquire if your airline frequent-flyer mileage can be used for hotel stays as well. If not, donate your miles to a worthy organization. Also, either offer to pay for hotel rooms or encourage others to do so, including your place of employment, or worship, or your organization and …

5. Dare to care about others. Like September 11th, the Katrina catastrophe is a harsh reminder that all life is precious, as is each day we have on this earth.

For a more complete and balanced presentation of the New Orleans catastrophe, visit these Websites:
www.diversityinc.com
www.alternet.org
www.blackelectorate.com
www.npr.org
www.daveyd.com, www.slate.com
www.bet.com, www.allhiphop.com
www.democracynow.org
www.blackamericaweb.com