Thursday, September 01, 2005

Hurricane Katrina

One of the advantages of having your own blog is that you can put on that blog anything you choose. I'm taking a moment here to address the needs of those who experienced Hurricane Katrina first hand.

Floodwaters pour through a levee along the Inner Harbor Navigational Canal near downtown New Orleans. (AP/Pool/New York Times)

Avis Ellis (foreground) walks through the rubble of her apartment building in Gulfport, Mississippi, one of the cities that suffered the worst damage from Hurricane Katrina. (AP/Dallas Morning News)

John Allen sits at his makeshift guardpost in front of the A. J. Produce Company in New Orleans, as police elsewhere tried to crack down on looters. (AP/Dallas Morning News)

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The Houston area is full of refugees from New Orleans, who only brought enough clothing for a couple of days (and officials are now saying it may be four MONTHS before anyone will be allowed back into New Orleans. The area is under martial law). More refuges continue to arrive. It is being said that this is probably the worst natural disaster in the history of the U.S.

The first thing they need is PRAYER but we can't neglect the physical assistance that they need. There are many relief organizations to help these people but each is strapped for funds. Except for Houston shelters and food banks, the various organizations do NOT want clothes or food. What they need is money or and gift cards.


Here is a list of some organizations that could use monitory donations:

Operation Blessing: 800-436-6348
America's Second Harvest: 800-344-8070
Adventist Community Services: 800-381-7171
Catholic Charities, USA: 703-549-1390
Christian Disaster Response: 941-956-5183 or 941-551-9554
Christian Reformed World Relief Committee: 800-848-5818
Church World Service: 800-297-1516
Convoy of Hope: 417-823-8998
Lutheran Disaster Response: 800-638-3522
Mennonite Disaster Service: 717-859-2210
Nazarene Disaster Response: 888-256-5886
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance: 800-872-3283
Salvation Army: 800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769)
Southern Baptist Convention - Disaster Relief: 800-462-8657, ext. 6440
United Methodist Committee on Relief: 800-554-8583


Here are a few organizations that will accept monetary donations and/or gift cards. Some of the have Spanish speaking donation alternatives, internet donation options or other special ways to contribute.:

KSBJ, a local Houston radio station, is accepting gift cards for the refugees.

Red Cross - If you would like to make a donation to the Red Cross, please call 1-800-HELP-NOW or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013. Internet users can make a secure online credit card contribution by visiting or

West Houston Church of Christ is collecting gift cards (phone, gas, food, Wal-Mart, etc) in any denomination to be distributed to Hurricane Katrina victims in Red Cross shelters in Texas. The collection will extend through the month of September and cards may be brought (or mailed) to West Houston Church of Christ, 17100 West Road, Houston, TX 77095. For additional information, see our website or call 281-856-0001.

Project Noah -
Starting as a lifeboat for the many homeschoolers and other families hurt by Tropical Storm Allison in June of 2001, Project Noah soon became a loving facet of the homeschool community with the mission to help homeschool families in crisis. They are now helping families whose children will be staying home from public school for the next two months due to Hurricane Katrina.

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