Still itching for other places you can donate to, still wondering what you can do to help? Monica Jackson has compiled a marvy list of shelters and organizations who need all the help they can get. Check it out.
I e-mailed the HR manager this morning. He digs the idea of a dry goods donation center being set up here and the company footing the shipping bill. He’s forwarding the info to the President. My fingers are crossed that they’ll do the right thing.
Just talked to the nicest freakin’ man from the Baton Rouge Salvation Army distribution center a couple of minutes ago, asked him what they need, and he just said “Everything and all of the above.” In very high demand are socks, underwear, children’s clothing and towels. He said they’re accepting just about anything and everything right now and by any means—mail, truck, whatever.
I had to keep the conversation short and sweet because I was afraid I was going to start bawling any second.
I encourage y’all to call and find out what they need, too. See Darlene’s comment. The numbers to call are right under the addresses.
Several types of goods are desperately needed, and as Doug and Beth noted, it feels like you’re helping more when you’re able to pack actual STUFF and send it along.
So hear ye, hear ye, shit like towels, underwear, tampons and pads (they call ‘em “feminine hygiene products” but I think tampons sounds funnier—and really, who needs douche in a time like this?), toothbrushes, toothpaste, diapers, baby formula, soap and the like are needed muchly. Send ‘em along to:
Katrina Disaster Relief
7361 Airline Highway
Baton Rouge, LA 70805
Ferrara Fire Apparatus
27855 James Chapel Rd.
Holden LA 70744
(To clarify: Items sent to Ferrara will go towards firefighters and rescue workers, whereas supplies sent to the Salvation Army address will probably go towards the evacuees.)
I’m wondering if the people would appreciate a book or two as well. What do you guys think? Should I throw in some paperbacks in there, too? Or am I one of the few freaks who considers reading material a necessity of life? Eh, I think I’ll throw in a few books. It can’t hurt, and if someone, somewhere gets to escape the shittiness for a couple of hours, that would rock.
Man, wouldn’t it be cool if the USPS provided free shipping for Katrina donations headed to the affected areas? Just a random thought.
And Kate provided a link to these funny-ass people who seem to be doing their damndest to ferry goods to the people affected. Give if you can. Like Kate said, even if they’re Nigerian scammers, they’re worth paying for.
OK, just had another idea that kind of sprang from the idea about free shipping:
If your company hasn’t instituted some kind of donation drive, ask them if they’re willing to help pay for shipping for care packages to Katrina evacuees. If your company has a sizeable shipping department like mine does—we’re a manufacturing facility and all—they probably have pretty close ties to several different shipping companies and may come up with some kind of arrangement with them. My company hasn’t solicited donations yet, but they have in the past (9/11, Boxing Day Tsunami), and I’ll e-mail the HR department tomorrow and see what they think about the shipping idea and/or allowing people to use payroll deduction to donate money for Katrina funds.