Katrina Photos: Everyday People Helping Hurricane Katrina Victims
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Following are the responses received to our Katrina Blog — a request for photographs that depict “good news”… people helping people and having a POSITIVE impact on the lives of Hurricane Katrina’s victims.
If you haven’t sent in your photo yet, you’ve got until September 30th to submit a photo that shows you or your family doing something that’s POSITIVE and DIRECTLY RELATED to the ongoing relief efforts.
Reminder: Every photo = another donation to the American Red Cross!
There were LOTS of people at the Katrina yard sale in the parking lot of the Marriott in Cool Springs! People seemed eager to scoop up anything they even REMOTELY were interested in, just for the purpose of being helpful.
Practically every day, a new Disaster Relief tent opens up around Franklin, Tennessee — yet another location accepting food, water, paper products, and a few even accepting clothes, games & personal care items for those displaced and residing in Red Cross shelters in the Nashville area.
A handful of Red Cross shelters in Franklin, Tennessee are accepting clothing, games, toys, and other personal care items. I loaded up our Jeep with things like socks, jeans, shaving cream, purses, playing cards, books, and kids’ toys.
Jeremiah & Tawana Rutledge write: This is a picture of our daughter Taylor Rutledge with the 60 backpacks she collected from her “Hugs For Hurricane Victims Drive” she held for 2 weeks in our neighborhood. She even emailed her flyer to some schools and asked them to participate. Byrns Darden Elementary and Kenwood Elementary emailed her back and agreed to help and they did. We delivered them to Grace Works ministries on yesterday (Sept. 17, 2005). She came up with this idea because she wanted to give the kids from the Hurricane a hug, so her clear backpacks were filled with toothpaste, tooth brushes, hand sanitizer, stuffed animals, candy, pencils, crayons, paper, socks, towels, washcloths, soap and some had clothes. The general idea was each backpack had some things the kids needed, something to write or draw on, a toy and candy to try to take their minds off of what was going on. We are very proud of her and we really appreciate the schools’ and the community’s help with her drive.
Kathleen R. writes: My 4th grade daughter was very concerned for the kids that lost everything in the hurricane and wanted to make sure they weren’t bored. She decided she wanted to send them books and coloring books and crayons, etc. She went to her principal at her school and asked if he would let her have a drive to collect things. She has collected over 600 items to send. This is a picture of her with all the donations after the first week. She collected books, coloring books, crayons, puzzles, games, matchbox cars, backpacks, and some other school supplies.
Scott Hunt (of The Southern Pride Band) writes: Jeff Bailey and I decided to write about Hurricane Katrina as a way to express our emotions of what we had been seeing on the news. I had been watching the approaching storm, landfall and the destruction that followed. Just seeing all of the people affected by the storm brought back the feelings of when my house was struck by a tornado in Alabama back in 1995. We were in the house when the twister picked it up and slammed it back to the ground. My family survived but it was several hours before our families could reach us and take us to safety. I remember the feeling of seeing my father walking down the road over the debris to check on us. After all of these years it is still hard to talk about it. We were out of our house for over two months. I know what these people are going through. The song is personal to me. My heart and prayers go out to the victims of Hurricane Katrina and now Rita. (You can hear their song, “Eye Of The Hurricane” here.)
As promised, this is the check we wrote to the American Red Cross to help those whose lives have been affected by Hurricane Katrina. The amount represents a small personal donation, in addition to $1 for every photo we received showing everyday people helping Katrina victims. Thanks to all who participated!
The Next Chapter…
We will continue to post other photos related to Hurricane Katrina, as we receive them, here…
Chisa Burwell writes: When it happened, I grieved as if it was happening to me first hand. I struggled to do all I can @ 24 years old. I was turned away from different people and different places in Philadelphia yet I REFUSED to take NO for an answer! I will continue to do help as much as possible. Even one year later, I still cry when I see something about it on the news. My expression in the picture is many different ones. The main one is HOW CAN SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPEN IN OUR OWN BACKYARD?
As a homeowner, I primarily write about weather safety tips that everyone should know in order to protect their home and family during major weather events. I especially like to share seasonal "outside the box" ideas that most wouldn't think of in the Spring, Summer, Winter, and Fall. The weather events I've personally experienced include: Hurricanes (while living in Florida), Tornadoes (while living in Indiana, Texas, and Tennessee), Earthquakes (while visiting California), Blizzards (while living in New York and Indiana), and Flooding (while living in Tennessee).