New Orleans is all but destroyed.
I keep wanting to write about it.
But what can you say about that?
Maybe I'll take up a collection here at work. You just feel like you should be doing something instead of sitting here gawking at pictures of people stuck on their roofs, waters rising, with nowhere to go, picture of people looting, reading stories about floating bodies and a man who had to let go of his wife in order to save his children....
Ugh. Just emailed from a friend:
They're reporting possibly "hundreds" of people killed in Biloxi, and one of their correspondents just had a nightmarish report of authorities in Hancock County, Mississippi, going house-to-house and spray-painting houses with different colors of paint depending upon whether the inhabitants are dead or not. Black if there are corpses inside, red if they're only injured. They can't get them out right now so this is the best they can do.
I am just going to cry. We had something terrible happen here at work today that has left me a bit drained and now, finally getting around to looking at all the news clips and reading the stories and going on Fark and seeing how many familiar TFers are still waiting to hear from family and friends, people who haven't heard from parents, and seeing captions on CNN like "survivors screaming for help" and - what can you do? What can you do besides sit here and, what? Wait for it all to come out ok? It's not going to, in fact, the news keeps getting worse, if anything. I heard someone jumped to his death from the upper seats in the Superdome, that it's hot as hell in there and the toilets aren't working but these people have nowhere to go, no homes to go to.
Anyhow, like I said. I don't know what to say, but I feel like I should say something. Anyone know how to go about setting up a drive for clothing, diapers, etc. and getting the stuff shipped down there, who to contact or anything?
Update: Val has some links and phone numbers and is offering t-shirts in exchange for your donations.