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I'll apologize for the short diary, but the below pretty much says all that needs to be said. This is from an email sent to my company.

For those of you who wish to give supplies instead of cash for the victims of Hurricane Katrina -  we have confirmed with the First District police that 400 families will be coming to DC on Monday to stay in the Armory.  They stressed that their biggest needs at this time are:

Bottled water and anything that would constitute a "care package" such as:

  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Blankets
  • Undergarments
  • Soap
These items can be brought to the First District office located at 415 4th St SW.
Update [2005-9-2 15:23:57 by mlk]:Modthinglet called and the office is taking donations 24/7. ==

Please help if you can.

Update [2005-9-2 15:16:52 by mlk]:Please forward this information on to as many DC area people as possible so that we can get as many supplies as humanly possible.

Another update after the flip:

Update [2005-9-3 11:17:58 by mlk]: I went to Costco this morning to buy supplies and took them over to the First District police station.

YES THEY ARE TAKING DONATIONS! Do not pay attention to WTOP or any other media who says not to donate.

If you can't donate goods, but have time to volunteer, there is a signup sheet there for volunteers.


Originally posted to mlk on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 12:01 PM PDT.

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  •  I'll Help (none)
    Thanks for the posting. My husband and I will be there this weekend with supplies. I'll spread the word to my friends and family in the area.
  •  Thank you! (none)
    I have already given money and I heard that might be accepting families here.  I very much wanted to put something together for their arrival, but didn't know who to contact.

    Do you think they will need towels?  I imagine the first thing people will want to do is shower.

    "What is hateful to thee, thou shalt not do unto thy neighbor. This is the whole of the Law, the rest is only commentary" Rabbi Hillel

    by modthinglet on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 12:07:29 PM PDT

  •  Question (none)
    Do you know what the office's hours for accepting goods?

    "What is hateful to thee, thou shalt not do unto thy neighbor. This is the whole of the Law, the rest is only commentary" Rabbi Hillel

    by modthinglet on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 12:08:30 PM PDT

  •  thanks, mlk (none)
    I am in the process of trying to organize some stuff.

    First things first, but not necessarily in that order.

    by DCDemocrat on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 12:08:40 PM PDT

  •  thanks and here's some more info! (4.00)
    Thanks for the post mlk.  
    Here is some more info from the DC Metro Labor Council AFL-CIO on how to help locally:

    (FRIDAY, 9/2, 2P)

    DC LABOR RESPONDS TO HURRICANE DISASTER: The DC Armory may soon be housing up to 400 families who are victims of Hurricane Katrina, reports the Community Services Agency's Kathleen McKirchy. "While we don't know details yet, here is what we are putting together from the local labor community to be ready."

    1. Organize a drive at your local for the following:
    Personal Care Items: deodorant, shampoo, soap, emery boards, pre-moistened wipes, feminine care items, Kleenex, paper towels; Baby Care Items: disposable diapers, baby wipes, NEW baby bottles, NEW baby blankets, unopened bottled water in baby bottles; Child Items: coloring books, crayons, toys, books, games, NEW clothes/shoes; General: NEW t-shirts, underwear, sweat pants, NEW canvas bags, suitcases

    1. Make a contribution to the Community Services Agency, earmarked for "hurricane relief".  Send checks to 1925 K Street NW, Suite 410, DC 20006, or go here to make secure on-line donations.  We will use the funds directly for hurricane victims once we ascertain need.

    2. Volunteer for pick-up and delivery of items, or help distribute items at the DC Armory once we know what's up: call Kathleen, Jackie or Silvia at the Community Services Agency, 202 857-3410, or email

    3. Please DO NOT collect canned food at this time - there are no ways to get it anywhere nor ways to open cans and prepare food.


  •  Thank you for the info (none)
    I will be coming over to bring everything that I can.

    "Moral Values Absent Economic Justice Is Poverty of the Soul." - anon.

    by PaulVA on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 12:17:14 PM PDT

  •  Thanks so much for this post! (none)
    I'm going to forward this to all of my friends in the area, as well.

    There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right with America. -- Bill Clinton

    by girlfromsouth on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 06:44:21 PM PDT

  •  I was just in my car (none)
    and WTOP said that they weren't taking donations yet -- either didn't have the room yet or the staff yet to help them handle it, I can't remember which. So are they right? Has anyone actually dropped anything off yet?

    "America has left the building." --Jeff Wells

    by Hastur on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 06:55:20 PM PDT

  •  Let's get together? (none)
    Would anyone like to get together to make care packages?  I live in the Columbia area and plan to donate as much as I can.  
    •  I can donate practically nothing (none)
      I'm broke and about to lose my house, but I can volunteer, be a warm body in a place that needs it. I'm also going to call my mother and beg for her to send money to me instead of the RC or someone so I can use it here, but that'll take a couple days.

      Also, I know they say they want new clothes, but I know a couple really good thrifts that have almost-new clothes.

      I too am near Columbia.

      "America has left the building." --Jeff Wells

      by Hastur on Fri Sep 02, 2005 at 07:24:12 PM PDT

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  •  202-727-1000 (none)

    That's the phone number for the mayor's office in charge of these 400 people. Fox5DC (I know, I know) just said that they are NOT supposed to arrive Monday, and that we should call to make sure we are bringing relevant supplies.

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