< Upheaval: More like it

Friday, September 02, 2005

More like it

In reference to my most recent post, I have an addendum.

Daniel was working security at our local evacuee center, which is currently housing about 70 Louisiana residents. I dropped by to see him a few minutes ago, and this is what I saw.

*About fifty volunteers checking people in, taking donations, and asking if they could help the various people milling around the lobby.

*A dry erase board with events posted, like local football games, and the Americana Music Festival. These are things that the evacuees can attend for free and will be bussed to and from by volunteers.

*More cases of bottled water than I could ever count.

*A mountain of donated clothes that was taller than I was.

*A medical clinic, including mental health counseling for evacuees.

*An entire gymnasium filled with other donations like food, toiletries, and shoes.

*Smiles and clean faces because these people are being fed and kept clean.

*A meal being catered and donated by a local Mexican restaurant for free.

I am proud of my little town! We need to see more of this, and less of the looting. More of this and less of the riots. These are things that make me believe that we are capable of surviving tragedy. It is nice to see the good come out in people. I am glad I got to see it.


Blogger Trinity13 said...

Wow! That's wonderful!

12:33 PM  
Blogger Amstaff Mom said...

Thanks for the update!

1:00 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I'm proud to say that our little kiddos here at school are part of that donating crowd, as they take things almost daily to the rec center that have been donated by our students and faculty.

2:29 PM  
Blogger Rebekah Christine said...

Thank you SO much for that positive view. Our press will NEVER give that!

Thank you also for your previous posts and heart for Rebekah. One thing we knew but have experienced first hand through our trials is that, overall, the American people ARE givers and given the opportunity WILL help others. Coming up with the right way to give that opportunity is the challenge!

-Rebekah's Daddy

3:16 PM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

That was a very unlifting post. We here in Northeast Arkansas are also working hard to help and everyone I know is getting involved somehow.

7:01 PM  
Blogger Jennboree said...

Apparently, Texas media IS pointing out the extreme care and attention Texans have been giving the evacuees and for that I am grateful. The Lt. Governor in Louisiana was very impressed and moved by the Texans' response to the his state's tragedy.

I am proud of Nac as well! there are lots of good people in that town and the evacuees will be treated with the respect and kindness they deserve.

10:24 PM  
Blogger chad9am said...

As a fomer resident of La and someone who still has several relatives in New Orleans and the surounding area, I would like to say thank you to all the Texans and others who have helped out after the hurricane.

3:23 PM  

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