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  •  I spent six hours there today (4.00)
    ... taking and sorting donations from the good folk of this city, helping to distribute "comfort kits" (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, etc), directing people to the "lost and found" pegboards (where folks are pinning their names and the names of the loved ones they're looking for).

    It was utterly exhausting, but gratifying.  

    I talked to so many people from the New Orleans area today and they were, almost without fail, polite and grateful for the help.  I've saw more tears of grief, relief and thankfulness today than I've personally witnessed in my 40 years combined.  It made me tear up several times.

    Most of the people I spoke to were so very grateful just to be alive, but the true impact of their loss had yet to really sink in.  

    It made me look at my own life and realize -- however much a struggle and a drag it might seem to me at times -- I'm actually blessed.  I bet I met 100 people today that would cut off their left hand to be in my position.

    I left around 4:30 to pick up my 3 year old son Jacob from daycare.  When I got there, he ran to me (as he always does) shouting "Daddy!  Daddy!"  I grabbed him up and gave him a huge hug that went on much longer than usual.  

    He patted the back of my head and asked "Whatsa matter, Daddy?"

    I said "Nothing's the matter right now, Jake."

    •  thank you (none)
      We really have a good community here. You are right about how grateful the hurricane victims are for any help, anyone to listen, anyone to care. Many of them have felt abandoned by our government, and rightly so. It is up to us, the people, to make sure our new neighbors make it through this successfully. We can do this.

      Thank you again, you are remarkable.

      First they came for MY choice...

      by sassy texan on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 11:18:06 PM PDT

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      •  Thank you from the rest of us (none)
        ...I've wanted so badly to be there but am in Iowa, am donating $$, am on the Hurricanehousing list, and will even come pick the people up to stay with help me feel that in some small way I'm doing something up here via you and your work if nothing cheering you on.

        Does ANYONE know how these people are getting matched in the Astrodome to people offering housing and I don't mean for faraway types, but are these folks in the dome ALLOWED out? I'm worried about this now after what I've been hearing on the TV.

        And blessings to you and thank you -

        •  good questions (none)
          I have few answers. Your questions need answers - anyone know them? I haven't had a chance to watch the news so I only know what is going on in my small town. As of 7 pm this evening we have processed over 1000 people through our center in the last 2.5 days. More and more pour in everyday. We got the most amazing group of people in from the superdome - astrodome today. Over 30 people who I know will make great residents of this town should they decide to stay. I think the small towns are handling things relatively well, it's the big cities that can't handle the 20,000+ in one spot. If we could get them out of the domes and allow them to go to the communities, they would get the kind of help they need. It's just the human thing to do. IMHO

          First they came for MY choice...

          by sassy texan on Sat Sep 03, 2005 at 05:59:37 PM PDT

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