Monday, August 29, 2005

Prayers... and Pampers

I just heard Dear Leader asking for prayers to help Katrina's victims. As a member of the reality-based community, I take a slightly more pragmatic approach.

Donate to the American Red Cross. Cash is best, as they can use it to purchase (at wholesale) the supplies that tre most needed. Aso, the Red Cross is not set up to handle donations of food, water, etc. (although other groups will certainly be taking physical contributions).

The Red Cross has already mobilized their disaster services units across the country. As a past member of Disaster Services, I can tell you these people are highly trained and incredibly motivated. These are regular American citizens who are willing to travel across the country -- or around the world -- to help wherever and whenever needed.

Prayers are good, but right now, the people in LA, MS, AL and surrounding areas need more concrete items, like Pampers, food, water and shelter.

And if you can, please donate blood as well.

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