Thursday, September 1, 2005

HOW TO HELP KATRINA VICTIMS

LET US RESPOND. As reports of building demise and flooding continue to come in, the impact of Katrina on the people of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi is nothing short of catastrophic. It calls for our prayers and actions of assistance. Here are some ways we can help:

-- Pray. Intercede before God for all who remain in harm’s way and who are assisting in rescue

-- Donate. Contributions to the American Red Cross and other emergency assistance organizations you have confidence in are a way to begin to express care and bring tangible help. You may find http://www.networkforgood.org/ a helpful way online to select and donate to the relief organization you choose.

-- Collect. Cooperate with local efforts to collect and send bottled water, nonperishable food and other supplies. Monitor the news media for identified needs and local collection locations.

-- Offer hospitality. Homeless individuals and families from the area of the storm need a place of housing and hospitality (vs the gouginig of many unscrupulous hotels), possibly for a few months. Many households have the capacity to make room for these refugees from life's storm.

-- Consider direct action. A handful of folks at West Morris Street Free Methodist Church have contacted me with interest in traveling to the Gulf Coast area to assist as feasible opportunities come into focus.