Friday, September 19, 2008

Help for Houston Area

In the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, it's good to see businesses and community organizations stepping up to help people in need. You don't appreciate a hot shower anymore than when you've been without power and hot water for nearly a week. And how would you contact relatives without working phones and no way to power a laptop or recharge your cell? Well, thanks to AT&T, Little Caesars, the YMCA and area businesses, Texans displaced by Ike are finding ways to recharge more than just their cell phones. See how in the Houston Chronicle.

You may live hundreds of miles from the Texas coastline and wonder, "How can I help?" There are many, many ways. Of course, you can always pray for victims, relief workers and their families, but you can also put your faith into action. The Christian Emergency Network is calling for the following supplies and volunteers:

  • Many, many forklifts – the spider kind that move easily across rough terrain (forklifts cut down on manpower time unloading supply trucks, moving trees, etc. by hand)
  • Computers for temporary Internet Cafes – for victims and relief workers
  • Refrigeration trucks and drivers
  • Hot food facilities (victims and relief workers long for hot food)
  • Shower facilities (for relief workers in the work zones)
  • Doctors & nurses
  • Giftcards to nationwide stores (Target, Wal Mart, etc.)
  • Gas cards
  • Generators
  • Bulk donations of: ice, water, non-perishable food, diapers, baby formula, ensure
  • Trucking hauls (can anyone donate trucks with drivers for several days at a time?)
  • Cash donations online to Somebody Cares (the easiest and quickest way for SCA to meet needs as they come across them)

    Contact: Jodie@somebodycares.org (contact her for details regarding anything you can supply…even beyond this list)

As always, the American Red Cross will accept donations to help in their relief efforts. One of the best donations you can make is not monetary, though, it's your blood. If you're interested in helping save someone's life, you can find out more here. You can also volunteer to serve as a phone operator at your local Red Cross call center. I know the one here in Indianapolis is taking calls from the storm-ravaged areas of the Gulf Coast. You can volunteer in Indy for a 4-hour shift by calling 317-684-4309.

Sitting idly by and doing nothing is not an option.

You have time you can donate. You have blood. You have compassion. Put those things to good use and help your far-away neighbors in need. Follow the example of the businesses and organizations in Houston and do what's right.

1 comment:

HP said...

If more people took the time to get involved the world would be a much nicer place to live.