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Life Will Never Be the Same

It is hard to comprehend the devastation left by Katrina.  In 1987 I took a trip to New Orleans for the first (and last?) time.  It was a magical city and it charmed me thoroughly.  It is so sad to think it might not ever exist again and if it does, it will never be the same.  Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and other parts of Louisiana have as much, or more, devastation.  It is heart breaking.  Those of us not directly affect may not know the suffering first hand, but we will suffer the economic effects in the near future. 

Susan and I have set up a program, ala the Yarn Harlot, for donations to Katrina victims. Every little bit helps those in dire need.  Give up your morning latte for a week, or forgo that yarn purchase for a time, and give just that little bit. You can donate on-line or call 1-800-HELP NOW.  Let us know what you have donated to Katrina Aid through the American Red Cross (we recommend the Disaster Relief Fund) at this email address: [email protected].  Please put your name and the amount donated in the subject line.  We'll keep a tally on our sidebars so that you can watch the dollars grow. 

If you would like to donate a prize to the cause, please send a second email with the word 'PRIZE' in the subject line. You can knit something, like Susan and I will, or give anything else to the cause. We could also use the help of any Blog Button Makers so we can have a button worthy of spreading the news.  Please mention either of our posts on your blog and lets spread the word!


Excellent! I am emailing to the address you gave with my offer of a prize . . .

Lovely, Margene. Thank you.


What a wonderful're right, I can't even begin to imagine what it must be like for people there. Take care today.

I'm sure that Doctor's Without Borders will also be involved for those of you who are commited to that charity. You are right, we will all be paying the price.

thanks, Margene. this is a wonderful idea.

Thanks for getting this started. I know knitters will do our part to help.

Good idea - I'll probe the stash and I bet I can come up with a prize.

Thanks for organizing this.

Excellent Margene - I'm sending off my email as we speak. The devestation is incomprehensible.

Wonderful idea. I'll survey the stash over the weekend to see what I can come up with for a prize.

Thank you Margene and Susan!!!! I had thought of something like this yesterday when I posted my post, but I don't have the reach of readers that you or Stephanie have. I have such a burden for our Southern just breaks my heart to watch what is happening down South.

Thank you again!!!!

Hey there Margene,
Great minds and all that. I put a small prize up on my blog this morning ala the Harlot also.

Great idea. Thanks to you and Susan for organizing this.

Atta girl.

Excellent idea, Margene. I'm astounded by the sheer devastation of the region, and the unfolding humanitarian crisis. I've already given my dollars to Second Harvest, but I know that knitters will do amazing things for the Red Cross.

Great idea Margene, thanks to you and Susan. My family visited New Orleans two years ago, it was very charming. The loss is unimaginable.

What a great idea Margene. My heart is broken hearing of the devastation in Louisiana, it's my home state, although I'm not from New Orleans. I'll link to your post as wel as find something in stash to send as a prize. I'm going to put some things up on Ebay and will donate some of the money then to the Red Cross.

Margene, I have put up some auctions on eBay and I am also looking in my stash for some prizes.
Thank you for arranging this relief effort.

Mahalo from the bottom of my heart. Louis Armstrong wrote a lovely jazz tune called "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?" Can't seem to get it out of my head.

I've been making small donations since Monday, and encouraging those who read my blog to do the same, but I'm glad somebody is willing to keep track! Knitters are such generous people. Thank you for doing this!

Wonderful idea, Margene. Red Cross site is super slow right now (a good sign, I hope, that their servers are flooded with donations. Will let you know when I've been able to get in to donate, and will certainly be contributing a prize or two.

Thank you for organizing this.

Great idea! I've been meaning to donate and this got me into action -- Thanks!

Awesome margene...Thank you.

Thank you for organizing this. I've made my donations (Red Cross and Best Friends), and will check my stash tonight for a prize.

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