looking for good news from new orleans
This is what I'm going to do.
I'm going to collect stories out of NO/Mississippi. Good stories. Stories of people helping each other, people reuniting with loved ones, companies opening their wallets wide, things like that. And pictures, too. Pictures of animals being rescued or families hugging. Feel good stuff. That's what I'm going to do.
If you want the rest of the news and the links to go with it and some tireless blogging work, try Brendan Loy.
If you want to help, leave relevant links in the comments.
Update: I have my first entry already:
Steve Toolel walks through the rubble of his home after rescueing his friend's dog, Hercules, in Biloxi, Misssissippi. (AFP/Robert Sullivan)
- Another rescued doggie
- And another rescued doggie
- A people rescue!
- Anheuser-Busch Increases Water Donations to 825,000 Cans to Aid Hurricane Katrina Victims
- Another rescue story
- Pelican rescue
- Good neighbors in Houston
- Ham radio operators helping to deliver messages
- Helicopter rescue
- This is great news: Matt found his mother in law!
- Firefighters from Sacremento heading to Louisiana
- Texas business donates $25,000
- CVS/pharmacy Launches Comprehensive Relief Effort
- DuPont donates one million dollars
- Phoenix firefighters volunteer
The Baytown Community Center, a shelter that is located at 2407 Market St., is the temporary home for 320 refugees. Houstonians dropped off much-needed supplies, such as food, blankets, clothing and other items, at the makeshift shelter.
- Local business owners installed 30 animal kennels at the shelter so evacuees' pets could remain with their owners. Wal-Mart is supplying the pet food.
- Museums, zoos, and sports arenas in Houston are offering free/reduced admission for anyone showing a LA, AL, or MS drivers license.
Karolyn Bell, her newborn baby cradled against gales and lashing rain, edged over a plank between two homes in a desperate bid to outrace hurricane floods fast swallowing New Orleans.Read the rest.
Bell, 26, stitches fresh in her belly from a C-section delivery at noon on Thursday, relived her ordeal as she limped barefoot, babe in arms, across a bridge Tuesday out of New Orleans' deluged Ninth District, one of the city's poorest areas..
- "Can you pass me my cane?" Ronald Wood said as he steadied himself on the concrete barrier. "I'm kinda cold right now," he said as he climbed into a waiting ambulance. "I feel pretty sick."
- Big Easy Bites Back:
A sumptuous aroma of barbecued shrimp, the promise of warm beer and Hurricane cocktails drew disbelieving storm survivors to the only restaurant still open in the battered French Quarter of New Orleans.
- Nurses held flashlights and ventilated patients by hand. Doctors wearing green scrubs used canoes to ferry supplies between the city's four downtown hospitals.
Ok, I need to go to bed. Please leave any relevant links in the comments and I will start a new thread in the morning. It looks like the news is just going to get worse come morning, what with the levees not being contained, and I'd really like to continue to focus on the good. Rescues, relief efforts, anything like you see linked above - if you see a good story, share the link please.
Parts 2, 3 and 4 of this are here.