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Hurricane Victims Need Supplies

Post by KevinNSaisi on Thu Sep 25, 2008 5:32 pm

Friends & Neighbors,
We are fortunate that severe weather does not impact us as it does in the gulf region. Please take a moment to review the information from the United Way below and consider sending either a monetary or in-kind donation. It doesn't have to be expensive. Just pick up a few extra items when you go to the store, and send them to the addresses below. While you are at it, consider putting aside supplies for your own emergency kit so that when an emergency occurrs, you won't be waiting weeks for someone else to send supplies to assist you.

With a cold winter forecast, and heating costs being so high, I would also encourage you to look in on your neighbors over the winter months to assure that they have what they need. Emergency planners are expecting to need to set up warming stations and perhaps even shelters for those who cannot afford to heat their homes. It is especially important that we look after the elderly and infirm persons as they are at great risk.

I wish you all a healthy and warm winter,

Kevin

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We all know that the 2008 hurricane season has been extremely active. Seven major storms (named) have impacted the United States this year. In addition, our local United Ways have suffered through the Midwest floods and California wildfires. As you can imagine, donor fatigue has become a major issue for United Way and many other non-profits. Added challenges this year are: a volatile market; a potential trillion dollar government bailout of the financial markets; and an intense and historic presidential election.

Unfortunately, the residents of the Gulf Coast are in need of help right now. Today, millions of residents in Louisiana and Texas are struggling to meet basic needs. Meanwhile, many Americans are not aware of these pressures because most national news is focused on other issues. But we can assure you, the need is real and it is great.

In both states, many of the same communities hit by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike were only beginning to recover from Hurricanes Rita and Katrina. This latest set-back has been devastating for hundreds of thousands of people.

We have listed below a number of ways to help serve suffering communities:

Monetary Donations
Monetary donations can be made to United Way 2008 Hurricane Season Recovery Fund ([url=http://www.liveunited.org/recoveryfund]www.liveunited.org/recoveryfund[/url]), the Louisiana Association of United Ways ([url=http://www.launitedway.org/hurricanedonate.html]http://www.launitedway.org/hurricanedonate.html[/url]), the United Ways of Texas ([url=http://www.uwtexas.org/donate]http://www.uwtexas.org/donate[/url]) or individual disaster-related funds at local United Ways in the affected areas.


In-Kind Donations
In-kind donations are also desperately needed. Listed below are general requests and shipping information for Louisiana and Texas United Ways. As you can see the needs are great – and we appreciate whatever assistance you can manage – small packages from individuals and larger donations, perhaps organized by a coalition of people, are all welcome.



Louisiana

3,000+ Clean Kits
(Buckets, mops, bleach, rubber gloves, hand towels, sponges, heavy-duty trash bags, laundry detergent and various cleaning agents)

3,000+ Personal Care Kits
(Toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, shampoo, conditioner, soap, shaving cream, razors, aftershave, combs, and skin care products)

1,000+ Repair Tools
(Shovels, rakes, hammers, saws, nails, drills, extension cords, safety glasses, pump sprayers and heavy-duty ropes)

1,000+ Baby Supplies
(Baby wash and lotion, diapers, diaper rash cream, wipes, and formula)

100 Ladders

2,000+ Work Gloves

2,000+ Masks

10 Generators

20 Wet-dry vacuums

Send items to:

Warehouse: 215 East Pinhook Road, Lafayette, LA 70501
Contact: Sarah Berthelot
Cell: 337.654.5780
Work: 337.706.1221

Warehouse: Emergency Interiors 324 Union Street, Opelousas, LA 70570
Contact: Ray Mitchell
Cell: 337.331.5554

Warehouse: 1717 Tehoupitoulous Street, New Orleans, LA 70130-1818
Contact: Nicole Saulmier-Timmons
Cell: 504.827.6802
Work: 504.957.9774



Texas

5,000+ Clean Kits
(Bucket, mop, bleach, rubber gloves, hand towels, sponges, heavy-duty trash bags, laundry detergent and various cleaning agents)

5,000+ Personal Care Kits
(Toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, shampoo, conditioner, soap, baby wash and lotion, diapers, diaper rash cream, baby wipes, shaving cream, razors, aftershave, combs, and skin care products)

2,000+ Repair Tools
(S hovels, rakes, hammers, saws, nails, drills, extension cords, safety glasses, pump sprayers, and heavy-duty ropes)

2,000+ Baby Supplies
(Baby wash and lotion, diapers, diaper rash cream, wipes, and formula)

2,000+ Masks

30 Wet-dry vacuums

2,000+ Work Gloves

1,000+ Packages of Toilet paper and Depends undergarments, and Boxes of Kleenex

Send items to:

Warehouse: 1950 North MLK Drive Orange, TX 77630
Contact: Major John Queener
Cell: 409.883.4232

Warehouse: 3901 IH 10 E Orange, TX 77630
Contact: Janie Johnson
Cell: 409.883.2322


We hope that you will consider helping the affected communities during this time of need. Please feel free to share this information with others who might be in a position to contribute. Help at any level will be deeply appreciated.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Erin Sammons, Director, Crisis Preparedness, Response and Recovery at erin.oops.unitedway.org or by telephone at 703.836.7112 x 391. Thank you.

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Re: Hurricane Victims Need Supplies

Post by Admin on Thu Sep 25, 2008 5:57 pm

Nice Post Kevin. Thanks for helping get this information out there.

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