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Old 08-18-2006, 11:04 AM   #1
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Hurricane Katrina School District Recovery Program

It's been nearly a year since Katrina and life still isn't back to normal in the hardest-hit regions. Families are starting to move back and kids are going to be starting school next month but all of the schools are in desperate need of pretty much everything.

Mike Shinoda from Linkin Park, his wife and Kevin and Melissa Ryder from KROQ, through their Friends & Helpers organization, are collecting and dispersing the supplies.

I heard about this drive on the radio this morning and think it's a fantastic cause. Last year, after Katrina hit, I participated in a drive to send backpacks to displaced children who were starting schools in their temporary homes. Now that these kids are returning home, they need so much more.

Here's how to help this tax-deductible cause. The best part is you can order supplies from and have them shipped directly to New Orleans.

The need for aide in Louisiana is still great. On September 7th a group of volunteers from Friends & Helpers will travel to Louisiana to help assist in reopening 12 schools in the Louisiana Recovery School District that were shut down by the hurricane. They will provide backpacks and supplies to 2,500 students, stock the libraries with books, CDs and DVDs, set up and stock the gyms and athletic departments and outfit the classrooms with necessities for teaching so the teachers and children can return to their schools.

We are asking for your donation to help us reach our goal of helping the displaced children, families and teachers. There are many ways you can help.

Donated items from the school wish list of items needed.

Shop online at for items from the wish list which will be shipped directly. Log onto and click on WISH LIST, then type in Friends and Helpers, LA.

Make a cash, check or credit card donation via PayPal or make your check or money order payable to Friends and Helpers and mail to: Friends and Helpers, 16830 Ventura Blvd #501, Encino, CA 91436.

ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE. If donating online through pay pal, you will receive a receipt online. If donating supplies or sending check or money order, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) with your shipment. By including a SASE, you will help us eliminate some of our administrative costs, ensuring more cash donations go directly to those in need.

What we do and how it changes peoples’ lives would not happen without your help. Thank you for any assistance you may be able to provide.

Contact us if you have questions!

Friends and Helpers would like to thank the following companies and organizations for their support in the Louisiana Recovery School District Project:

Care Unlimited
The Society for Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators
Linkin Park
Fort Minor
DC Shoes
Staples Center
Galpin Motors
Nestlé USA
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