Relief

    Those inclined to help the evacuees need not confine themselves to the area shelters. It looks like a good plenty of them are put up at the motels around the Atlanta perimeter. Word came to me that a lot were at a motel near my place of work, and the manager was asking for donations of supplies, to be delivered for storage to a nearby community center. So, I went down there and got their list, and set about whittling it down to what I could afford to buy. I then went shopping at Sams for a few items on the long list of necessities.     There I spoke with a couple in the next checkout line, hauling three flatbed trucks piled high with bottled water, hot dogs, and buns. They were, of their own initiative, road-tripping down to Biloxi to deliver a meal to people they'd seen on TV. I wished them well, and then set off for home.     Got home, weathered a domestic spat about having spent too much, and then went down 285 to the community center. It was in a projects, nowhere I'd care to be caught after dark. But it was bustling, with the common area lined with baby supplies, and people bringing things in. The head guy came out and unloaded my vehicle, wished me a blessed day, and hurried back inside.     Phoned around to my own church, discovered that it is a drop-off depot for MUST ministries, which runs the Elizabeth Inn, and for Kennestone hospital. A lot of the patients who were evacuated from Gulf hospitals to Kennestone have been accompanied by relatives, who didn't have a change of dry clothes. So, I'll spend a couple of hours tomorrow at the church receiving drop-offs. I'll do the same a few days later, on my day off. Maybe I'll get to deliver stuff, too. That's always the spiritual payoff for me, seeing the good a donation does. I really wish I could hit the road with a work camp, like in the south Georgia floods of 1994. And later, once the government's gotten out of the way and the media attention has moved on, maybe I will. But this little bit will have to suffice for now.     Went to Home Depot for some unrelated shopping. A very morose checkout girl asked if I wanted to give to the Red Cross. When I said I had given on the internet, she thanked me with a sad, faraway voice. I asked if she had folks there, and she said her grandfather was among those trapped at the NO convention center. I made the appropriate noises and left.     Came home from shopping Sunday afternoon, and passed a couple of contractor's pickups driving in convoy. They had their trailers loaded with their bobcat, their generators, lots of gas cans, & etc. They had duct-taped hand-scrawled signs over the sides of the trucks and the back of the trailers: "disaster reliefs". I assume they were heading to the Gulf to aid in cleanup. I pulled up beside each one's right window, honked, and gave 'em the thumbs up.     I hope the readers with a race fixation can loosen up and have a little basic human compassion for these people. "Even as you have done it to the least of these, so you have done it to Me," the verse says. So, who in this country could be "least"-er than a poor New Orleans ghetto dweller made homeless by a hurricane? It's a golden opportunity, for those who know what the real treasure in life is.
-- bruce The dignified don't even enter in the game. -- The Jam
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The Sanity Inspector wrote:

don't you guys have the day off. And I don't.

I have one work station here (same one that was having the error message that they couldn't open two browser sessions) but i finally got through I think and made my pledge
When trying to open single session a viewer pops up for a single second and disappears. I have seen this happen in other offices workstations that we run, and don't know whether this is a quick fix
i'll just have to check the credit card bill to figure out if it went through
weirdly, abc premieres a show in a few weeks about a florida town after a hurricane based on the director's wife's stories about Andrew. weirdly coincidentl
mk5000
"_Invasion_ is an allegory. this little town is a microcosm of how you deal with your life-and with the unknown- post disaster--Shaun Cassidy
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I do not know the exact number but I know 10's of thousands of people were brought here to San Antonio after the facilities in Houston were filled. There is a huge shelter at what used to be Kelly AFB, and as that filled to capacity, I understand they opened one in a recently closed mall. The Kelly facility has a Salvation Army donation station in a large warehouse close to the shelter.I went yesterday and today. Both times there was a line of cars about 1/4 mile long waiting to donate. Volunteers in and around the warehouse were working like a swarm of bees From what I saw, people were donating very generously. Really made me feel good to see it. I only wish Jesse Jackson and his ilk could be there to see "racism" in action. The percentage of Blacks here is probably about equal to the percentage of non Blacks in the shelters. I seriously doubt a single person there gave the least thought about race-- their fellow man needed help and they are going to give them all they can and then some. BTW, any suggestions for useful items not mentioned specifically will be appreciated. Planning to go again in a few days, as soon as I have a chance. Larry
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On 5 Sep 2005 17:57:56 -0700 in atl.general, "marika"
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If you provided them with an email address, they ought to have sent you a confirmation. You can also phone your credit card company and ask; the number should be on the back of your card.
As for your browser problem, ask if there's some company firewall spiking the connection.

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The Sanity Inspector wrote:

thanks for the assist
I think I did.

I will have to do that in fact.

oh yeah there's a firewall, but someone else i know signed on and it seemed fine for her. probably just something happened to me that didn't to her.
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Bruce, you must be some kind of wonderful person.
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Well, thanks! But there's plenty of opportunity for everyone to do something. This disaster is still going to be here long after the news cycle has rolled on to the next thing.
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