burninating and more katrina stuff
I woke up today feel dizzy and with a burning hole in my stomach. Don't know what it all means but this is certainly not good timing on the part of my body. I do not need to fall apart the day before the kids go back to school, and with the Kids of Katrina thing in full force. DJ has baseball practice today, I still haven't finished filling out all the school forms or making sure everyone has clothes and supplies arranged for tomorrow, Nat has to work at 3 and I'm supposed to be at my sister's for a bbq at 2, I desperately need to go food shopping. meanwhile still trying to coordinate a lot of things with the school supplies and all I can think about is how my stomach seems to have caught fire. Maybe all those flame wars on Fark finally got to me. Flame, fire, get it?
Anyhow. Does anyone have any idea of how many people have been left homeless by Katrina? I keep getting emails from people who have refugees (and no, I don't think that's a bad word) in their state, it seems like they are spreading out to so many states and I just wonder how many people are there who need help and how can I make the Kids of Katrina funds/collections stretch to all of the towns, cities, states that are taking in children who have nothing but what they are wearing?
I see a lot of people saying that it's useless to send clothes and goods, that what they need is money, but that is NOT the case and I know this because I have people WAITING in Houston and Baton Rouge for these kids, people telling me how much the tangible stuff is needed, that while money is good, it takes a while for the results of those donations to trickle down to them - food, shelter, water, that's being taking care of by the money, but basic needs like school supplies, little things like pacifiers and bottle liners, things that make a difference to a traumatized child like a stuffed animal or a book to lose herself in, that's what we need to get down there, as well as money funnelled through major organizations - the personal touch of having supplies and toys handed to them might make a difference between having hope and not having hope, might make a kid smile for the first time in days.
I had another idea - I'm going to go up to the elementary school here tomorrow and ask if they could have kids make cards for the kids in Houston and Baton Rouge and wherever else we get to send trucks of supplies to. You can't underestimate the worth of something like that to a child who has just been through hell.
Ok, just thinking out loud. And I was going to apologize for the blog being all Katrina, all the time and for the fact that my writing has taken a dump and I keep writing in disjointed thoughts and fragmented sentences but...nah. If you're tired of this come back some other time. Or not. I'll warn you right now, I'm going to spend the next week talking about this and begging for money and donations and looking for the good news stories and what have you - even on Wednesday, when I do my weekly musical gods post, I'll be concentrating on New Orleans metal this week (so if you have any notes or thoughts on that email me) and...running on long enough..
oh..if you are going to donate through Amazon, that is, sending me school supplies or whatnot through this Amazon whishlist, I suggest you do it by Wednesday the latest just to make sure it gets here in time. I think we might hold off on shipping until next week, just to give everyone at work and around town here to get stuff together to get on the truck - most of the kids aren't going to start school right away anyhow and even if they do, they will always need these supplies.
Anyhow, I have to go rummage for some Tums. I haven't even spell checked this post so just ignore the typos or whatever, please. kthnxbye.
P.S. And Aaron, who is coordinating the shipping for me, just told me that some of the refugees are coming into Illinois, in fact read this. How many states are taking people in. I want to get something to all of these kids. And I don't mean to be ignoring the adults, I just always think of the kids first, just being a mother, I guess does that to you. I know Solonor said something about taking in people in Florida. And I hear Philly is taking refugees, too. So...would it be possible to get something to all these places? Probably not, but I'm going to at least try.