Well, if you’ve been watching TV day and night for the last week you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed and decidedly depressed. I know my mom has been. The images of the children have been tearing at her heart and the tears fell. What I can say to you is what I say to her: Turn the TV off.
Now, my mom is quite elderly so the next admonition is not for her: Do something.
My nature-loving granddaughter with an open heart for animals couldn’t stand to hear about the poor pets left behind, so she asked if we could go to WalMart and buy a huge bag of dog food to take to a nearby drop-off. We did.
My daughter has been combing through her clothes and her husband’s and has five bags full. Unfortunately she had already sorted through the children’s clothes so there wasn’t much left to donate, but it’s a start. My parents have a garage is full of items that folks will need as they are moved into new housing. One neighbor has several bags of books to donate.
I spent time today linking up with the Hurricane Katrina: Blogg for Relief Weekend on this site and on the TeensTakeAction.com site. I hope visitors will take the nudge and make a contribution. I also have several bags of clothes to trot down to the nearest drop off.
All of this reminds me that I haven’t mentioned in quite a while that I am looking for stories about teens and younger kids who take the initiative and do something to help their neighbors, their community, their peers or anyone in need. I want to record their stories on my Teens Take Action (TTA) blog and encourage them to enter the TTA contest. Some may become part of a new project I’m working on, so please forward any info to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Listening to the news broadcasts as Katrina moved across New Orleans, I was reminded of Eric Larson’s ISAAC’S STORM, the award-winning and bestselling nonfiction narrative of the 1900 Galveston Hurricane that killed anywhere from 6,000 – 8,000. Until last weekend, that storm held the highest place in the US annals of major natural catastrophes but it would appear the Katrina has given a big push to topple the Galveston storm from it’s high perch. Let’s hope Katrina is unsuccessful.
If you haven’t read ISAAC’S STORM or have never experienced a hurricane, I strongly recommend that you read the book. All last week as I heard the reports of the storm surge I kept remembering Larson’s description of the surge that overtook Galveston and wreaked such immense havoc. I have to say, the book cast a haunting preview of what probably occurred last week in the city where music reigned in the heart and soul of its people.