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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: givealittle@gmail.com.  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!

Comments

This is a great idea - thank you for doing this. I have an online yarn store, SuperCrafty.com, and I felt I had to do something. I am donating 5% of all sales (gross, not net) this week to The Red Cross. I'm not trying to solicit new business here, but if you were planning on buying yarn or need some needles or have bought from me before, I wanted to let you know that it will be helping out The Red Cross. I will be doing a personal match to the amount, since sales are kind of slow this time of year. I'll tell you how much it was by email once the drive is complete on Monday.

Peace and love to our friends and countrypeople affected by this horrible storm.

Allison
http://www.supercrafty.com

Great idea. Thanks Margene & Susan! I'll be giving a donation!

Thank you for coordinating this drive. So many of us were waiting...and still are... to hear about loved ones. Yes, I'm participating! Back to my sock now....

Thanks for organizing this, Margene. Great idea. I've donated and posted about it on my blog.

And, did you know that it's "Hurricane Katrina Blog Relief Day?" You should let them know--they're keeping track, too: http://www.truthlaidbear.com/

It would really help if you all would post on your blogs that people can donate to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund through their local chapters as well as the national site and phone number. The money is sent on to national and it is often easier to get through to the local organization. Chapters have websites so just search for one in your area.

Rosey -- taking donations at my local chapter

You are right.. it is very overwhelming, and I cannot remember anything as bad in my 50 years of living. Thanks for dedicating knitters to the cause.. I will email about a prize. I expect my husband will be leaving with a forest service contingent within the next few days. Never before have there been so many American refugees in need of help.

This is great. Thank you, Margene & Susan.

The need there is dumb founding me - I am so happy that your readers are being generous. One question I have is about the prize. Are people cleaning out their stashes and then selling it on Ebay and donating the money or waht? I'm confused - we are donating the prizes and how does that turn into $$ for the hurricane relief. In other words, are the monies gained from that then donated or how does that work? If I can figure that out, I might donate a prize too, please explain. Chelle

As a native from New Orleans (in Dalls now), I cannot thank you enough for ya'll generosity. My family and my "home" thank you. I am giving some to the above charities, but mostly straight into members of my family as many have lost everything. All of them were either to get out safely, or we now know are safe.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!!
You have know idea how heartwarming it is to read ya'lls post.

As a native from New Orleans (in Dalls now), I cannot thank you enough for ya'll generosity. My family and my "home" thank you. I am giving some to the above charities, but mostly straight into members of my family as many have lost everything. All of them were either to get out safely, or we now know are safe.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!!
You have know idea how heartwarming it is to read ya'lls post.

Please check out the post at CurlyPurl's blog for Sept. 2nd http://www.yarnhead.com/curlypurl/ regarding the bedding relief effort. Extra or no longer used clean sheets and blankets that many (like me) have in their closets will make an immediate impact on the lives of the refuges and would only take the time/cost of boxing up and shipping.

Hi all -- be sure to check with your employers! I'm giving $$ to my BF which will add to his amount which he'll donate under his name because his company will be matching up to $1Mill (Yeah Goldman Sachs!!)

Thanks for setting up this drive! There are some more links of donations places (for goods) on my blog!

you have excellent ideas, and the knitting community is helping out together. It always helps to have a united front for anything you do.

Food for Thought: I live in South Florida, and altho Katrina visited us first, we don't need Red Cross donations, etc. In the grand scheme of things, we are just SUPER in comparison. Electricity, A/C, food, water, roofing, clothes. Please designate your donations to only go to LA or MS or AL.

You might want to copy/paste this blog entry to the second blog you have set up for your Give a Little project so we can directly link to that site instead of an individual blog entry. Just a thought! :)

Hello Margene,

I work at a local Community Action Agency and have just received information that the National Community Action Partnership has set up a way for people to donate goods and supplies to those devastated by Katrina through the Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, and Louisiana, local offices.

Many people are donating money and that is sooo wonderful but for those also wanting to assist with tangible goods, there is information on my blog on what they need and where to send it. Please pass this info on.

Thank you so much. Keep up the good work!

-Katie

I live in Houston and I am seeing the victims of the storm firsthand. I am collecting knitted goods for the smallest victims - baby bootees came to mind first since they are small, easy to send, fast to knit - but anything is welcome. Babies, children, adults - all need our help. I have posted the details on my blog.

Please help to spread the word. Meanwhile, thank you so much for what you are doing. Trust me, every little bit will help.

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