Thursday, September 01, 2005

This was sent by my colleague Ann Dobie (from the Acadiana Writing Project) via the NWP Rural Sites Network discussion:

Dear Friends--

I have heard from NWP people all over the country expressing their concern for those whose lives have been devastated by Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath. Many have asked how they can help. Of course the Red Cross and Salvation Army would welcome your contributions, but on the local TV news yesterday I heard an appeal for contributions that really touched my school teacher's heart. They were asking for help to buy school supplies, uniforms (yes, they wear uniforms here), and backpacks for children who have had to leave their homes and schools and enter schools that were not hit. Yesterday alone Lafayette Parish (where I live) registered over 600 homeless children as new students. They hope to have everyone in classrooms by Tuesday of next week. The parents of these children have no access to money to pay for school expenses since their banks are closed and ATMs non-functioning. Even if banks were available, many of the parents could not cover the expenses because they live in poverty. If you want to help these children, you can send a contribution to the Louisiana Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth. (I didn't know such an organization existed until yesterday.) I called them this morning, and they say they are desperate for help. They used the word "crisis." Their address is:

P.O. Box 61112
Lafayette LA 70596

Checks can be made out to LAEHCY with a notation that they are to be used to assist Homeless Children.



Anonymous John said...

Another way to donate to help with classroom supplies for kids impacted by Katrina is with

You can donate via the Amazon site or via the Television Without Pity (TWoP) link (the glarkware address). In either case, the money goes to the same place. If DonorsChoose is the biggest fund raiser in Amazon’s non-profit campaign through September 30th Amazon will match the amount raised (see the Amazon site below for details. Money donated via TWoP counts toward meeting this goal.

TWoP alone has raised $5,698.11 as of Saturday 4:15 AM ET.

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