Thursday, September 01, 2005

"Blog Beg"--Donate For Katrina Aid

Hundreds of blogsites have organized (see lists at Instapundit, Technorati & Truth Laid Bare) a "Blog Beg" today (Thursday, September 1) in order to ask their readers to donate money for emergency relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

My personal suggestion is to link up with a local congregation or larger church group such as a diocese or presbytery or association of churches. Churches are always invested in people and in their immediate neighborhoods in a way that larger agencies are not. Hugh Hewitt has provided access to church listings in New Orleans, Gulfport and Biloxi. (Note: Many church phones are down and mail might be delayed. One of New Orlean's largest Presbyterian church's web site is not working either. Emailing correspondance seems to be the best approach if all else fails.

In lieu of this sort of direct giving, I would recommend the American Red Cross. They are everywhere and they are very organized, especially for large groups of "refugee/homeless" as this disaster exemplifies.

The calamity is huge. Perhaps more people have died in the past two days on the Gulf coast than all the American soldiers in Iraq in the past two years! I know I have seen nothing like this in our country during my lifetime.

In terms of history, the terrorist attacks on 9/11 was a far more significant event.

In terms, however, of human cost, economic loss, environmental damage and the scope of destruction, Hurrican Katrina dwarfs anything and everything that has ever come before.

If your prayers can be made larger and stronger and broader and higher, then do so and offer them up often.