Saturday, October 01, 2005

Red Cross closed


Ken Geisler looks out over the empty Red Cross Financial Assistance center on Switzer Road in Biloxi. He'd traveled far hoping to get enough money to buy a tent. He's been sleeping in the woods under the stars and can't afford one otherwise.

11 Comments:

Anonymous barb said...

how much does he need for the tent ? i would like to help if i can.

3:36 PM  
Anonymous barb again said...

please email me josh

Pufftmajikdragn@yahoo.ca

i honestly would like to help him buy a tent or send you guys the tent . to give to him.

3:37 PM  
Blogger t_cole said...

Barb-
Bless you and your spirit of generosity.

This is called directed giving and in my humble opinion, is one of the best, most effective ways of getting 100% of your contribution to exactly where it is needed.

From the get-go, I refused to give a dime to the Red Cross or any other aid organization. Of course, my husband and I drained our bank accounts within 12 hours of Katrina to take immediate aide to my family in South Mississippi. Several friends from around the country began sending us funds, to allow us to continue helping my family.
Sorry, I ramble.

My message is this - if you are out there and you want to help financially, there are effective ways to do it without going through the Red Cross.
The vast majority of school districts in S. MS are in desperate need of supplies. My sister in law teaches second grade at Pass Christian. Her school is gutted. 3 out of 4 in PC are.
She said they are asking for gift cards - to WalMart, Office Depot, etc so they can replace lost supplies. Look the schools up here http://www.mde.k12.ms.us

Churches need funds to continue feeding people. Churches can also put you in direct contact with a specific family - if you are so inclined to "adopt" a family.
Pick a denomination and Google it along with Gulfport, Biloxi, Waveland, Bay St. Louis, Pass Chrisitian, or Pascagoula, etc.

4:59 PM  
Anonymous barb said...

ty for the ideas T COLE i agree most of the money raised for the disaster relief that goes to organizatiuons like red cross get spent on other things then relief look at what happened with money donated tor ed cross after 9:11..... and look at what is happening now . you know what i was refused bu canadian red cross when i offered to volunteer my time to go to help people in the delta beause i had no experience yet they had the nerve to advertize that they needed volunteers bnever said with field experience. p***** me right off

8:04 AM  
Blogger Chuck said...

josh...my name is chuck and i just returned from biloxi and gulfport with a team doing volunteer work with samaritan's purse - helping people dig out and repair roofs, and stuff like that...it was truly mind-numbing and mind boggling...we plan on going back again in november to do what we can, even it is only a little at a time...can i have your permission to post your september 28th post on my blog? it was awesome...my site address is http://www.xanga.com/home.aspx?user=njboss if you're interested in checking it out...godspeed to you...

3:33 PM  
Blogger Josh Norman said...

barb, I lost contact with the guy the second he walked away. No phone and he sleeps in the woods. Biloxi is a small town though, and if I run into him again I'll do what I can for him. I've been presented with so many opportunities to help in small ways like that when they are front of me now, I don't realize it.

To the guy who was in Biloxi-fell free to use the post. Glad you enjoyed reading it. Just credit me please. Thanks.

6:31 PM  
Anonymous barb said...

hey Josh thanks for info is there a way i can get stuff to you for you tosee if you can distribute it where needed? it may be a stupid question as the post offices are closed but maybe i could puralator it close to where you are or something like that . Honestly just let me know and i shall get it in motion are there other things neededetc ? i'm so peeved with Red Cross right now that i have to count to 10 .

9:11 PM  
Blogger Its Just Water said...

One way our community is helping Katrina and Rita victims has been to "Adopt" a town or a school. The donations collected are specifiaclly for that town or school. The gift card idea is great I will make good use of that. This is a great site very informative. Thank You.

6:40 AM  
Blogger R2K said...

What happens next year when another huge storm hits?

R2000

4:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But yet he has money for cigs????

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