Disaster Relief  

DefiniteTrouble 50F
2839 posts
9/3/2005 3:41 am

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Disaster Relief

After running across several blogs inquiring and commenting about what exactly we can do to help those in the coastal states who have been devastated by hurricane Katrina, I, reluctantly, decided to add this post. I have struggled with this issue for several days out of fear from being "outed" by those who visit this site that may know me. But, there comes a time when priorities have to come first. And this is a major priority. The risk of being "outed" is most definitely worth it.

First, let me say, I'm not just someone who jumps on the bandwagon when disaster strikes. I've worked closely with the Red Cross in various positions since I was 17. I was the Blood Services Volunteer of the Year in 2004. No, not tooting my own horn, or looking for praise. Simply stating my validity. The American Red Cross is part of my daily life.

Although regulated by the U.S. governement, Red Cross receives NO funding whatsoever from them. Volunteers and private donations are vital to it's continued successful operation. And if there's ever been a time we've needed you most...it's NOW. Time. Blood. Money. Whatever you can spare. WE NEED YOU.

To help, I suggest the following:

Contact your local Red Cross chapter. If you're not sure where the nearest one is, you can access the chapter locater at www.redcross.org. Volunteers are needed on a local basis for various duties. No, you won't be asked to travel to the disaster site. There are trained teams that do such. Blood and platelets are always needed. Always. Monetary donations need to be ear-marked "Katrina." And for the record, over 90% of your donations go specifically back into the community, the remainder being used for operating expenses, such as gas for the disaster teams.

Money is always the best option, as Red Cross prefers to buy supplies needed on or near the disaster site to help begin refurbishing the ravaged local economy. $5, $10, change you've collected in that jar...every little bit helps. If you don't want to take the time to contact your local chapter, please call 1-800-HELP NOW.

If you wish to donate food, clothing, or hygiene items, I suggest contacting your local Salvation Army, or an area church organization, as they are in dire need of these items, especially now.

As always, "You don't have to give 'til it hurts...just give."

(hugs) ~DT

DefiniteTrouble 50F

9/3/2005 3:44 am

*For those of you viewing this in my area, and think you may know who I am, I suggest you remain silent. This is not the time to piss me off. After all, you're on this site, too.

TN_Bandido 51M

9/3/2005 12:56 pm

Wonderful commentary, we all need to help, in whatever way we can. No matter how much or how little. Like you say, empty the penny jars if need be. And if one doesn't have the money, then old items to the Salvation Army is a good idea.

As for you, you red-cross hottie you. I would let you stick me anytime. Assuming you wore a little nurse uniform, stockings w/ no panties. lol......

DefiniteTrouble 50F

9/3/2005 3:44 pm

Bouncy -

Drop on by...I'll take your "donation".... (grin)

rm_mtnravyn 60M
890 posts
9/3/2005 5:01 pm

Very well said. I find my volunteer efforts reap rewards unexpected. Getting out of self, for me, provides a sense of balance that allows my not so tightly wrapped, sensualist the freedom to play with intention.

DefiniteTrouble 50F

9/3/2005 9:05 pm

They reviewed mine T...decided to let it stick.

DefiniteTrouble 50F

9/3/2005 9:07 pm

lmao...it says 9:05pm...what time zone does this thing post in???

I know I wasn't sitting in front of the pc at 9:05...

DefiniteTrouble 50F

9/3/2005 9:14 pm

MTN, volunteering has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. And it's something many have a hard time believing I actually do so faithfully.

(wonders if I really have that "bad" girl image...)

DefiniteTrouble 50F

9/4/2005 4:13 am

T - I received the same notification re: soliciting. I assume this post has been reviewed and it is being allowed to stay. We'll see.

I am NOT trying to solicit anything, simply providing information re: numerous posts I've viewed on this topic. To have it removed during our nation's most horrendous natural disaster would be petty.

DefiniteTrouble 50F

9/4/2005 4:17 am

"Giving and Receiving"

Take the "sun" out of sunshine,
Put it in a sunny smile.
It will cheer a lonely person
And make living more worthwhile.
Take a hand that needs helping,
Lead it on a happier road.
It will ease those heavy burdens
By you sharing half the load.
Take your heart that's filled with love,
Gladly give it all away.
It will overflow to others
And keep rushing back each day.
Take the time to speak to neighbors,
A "hello" to show you care.
You may need a cup of sugar,
For you no cupboard will be bare.

-Kathryn Wiesenhoefer

keithcancook 60M
17718 posts
9/5/2005 6:41 am

Thank you for the message. The personal rewards recieved from assisting others in need is great and well worth the effort. Pay it forward sista!

DefiniteTrouble 50F

9/5/2005 8:54 am

Hi ya, Keith.

Glad you finally made it over into my little corner of the world. Have peeked inside your blog as you know, and am looking forward to reading more ASAP.

Always paying it forward - DT

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