looking for good news, Part II [updated!]
Please see this post from last night for details.
To repeat from yesterday:
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.
Please leave any relevant links in the comments.
It's getting really hard to find the good stories, as all the media seem to be focusing on the deaths and looting. But I'm determined to find anything good in the tons of stories I'm wading through.
Jahne Haze, 4, looks at baby food in a shopping cart that was given to her mother outside a Super Wal-Mart in New Orleans, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005. Emergency personnel went into the store to get supplies and distributed it to people waiting outside.
Jonathan Harvey rescues his dog Cuddles in Gulfport, Mississippi, on Monday. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Links/stories below the fold
- In Pittsburgh, philanthropic and faith groups called for volunteers, utility companies sent workers to the South and individuals headed off into the deepest destruction to offer medical services.
* Scott Stewart, a freshman from Biloxi, decided to organize a trip to the Coast for people interested in helping the clean-up effort and rebuilding processes. The response has been astonishing, he said.
Update: Welcome, readers from The Corner. Help me find some good stuff, please, because the pickings are getting really slim. Just leave relevant links in the comments.
- Good can come from the worst of circumstances. KPLC's Theresa Schmidt met a woman today whose experience as an evacuee has renewed her faith in people.
- Tribune McKormick Relief Campaign will match first million dollar raised at 50 cents on the dollar
[Part I of Good News here]
- FYI, pet rescue donations can be made through the Humane Society
On the upside, I got a comment on this post about a mother looking for information about her son in Metarie. the commentor left his cell number so I sent a text message to him. I then called his mother to say I was trying and she told me that she had just receiceved a call from him, he was fine and on his way out of the city. You just have to love them internets.
- From the comments:
My mother, who took out our family of refugees to IHOP yesterday in Sugar Land, TX (Houston suburbs) was greeted by a pleasant surprise. She was with my two aunts and their grandchildren (about 4 of them ranging in ages from 7 - 10), and everyone commented on how well behaved they were. One woman wondered why the children were not in school, and she told them that they were from Slidell, LA escaping the hurricane. She then managed to take the check right from my mom's hands before she could protest and treated my whole family to their meal. It is stories like that that give me hope amongst all the despair. Just thought I would leave this...
Part III here