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Old 09-11-2005, 02:22 AM   #31
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say what you want about Americans but I still believe most of us really come through at a time like this and are good decent people

a couple of firefighters in my town volunteered to go down there and do whatever they need them to do, they were chosen from many who volunteered all over the state

they are taking some evacuees to my state and people are volunteering and donating like crazy

and there's nothing wrong w/ people being concerned about the animals too, in many cases that's all people have left other than their family. People have special emotional bonds w/ pets, and especially for children how can they take that heartbreak when they've already suffered so much
Caring about people and the animals. Thank you Mrs S
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Old 09-11-2005, 09:59 AM   #32
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I should see if my school's doing anything......

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if they are, see if you can get anyone to match it. Our school's raising about 25,000 dollars from fractions of homecoming and varisty game sales (as well as donation buckets). I think we're getting Lowes to match it!
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Sharpton has soft spot for pets
When he wasn’t complaining about the federal response to Hurricane Katrina, the Reverend Al Sharpton found time to help save some of the area’s four-legged victims.

“A lot of people had set up makeshift animal shelters in their back yards, but until yesterday, the federal authorities were not interacting with anyone and we were in dire need of information,” Dan Mathews of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals told The Scoop. “The Reverend Al was acting as our eyes and ears. He was calling us and letting us know what was going on — but it wasn’t just animals, it was also people who were refusing to leave without their animals. Hundreds of animals and people were saved because of him. . . . The government stunk, but our citizens shined.”
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Old 09-12-2005, 12:05 PM   #34
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while on the dreadmill -- uh, i mean treadmill -- this morning, i noticed that virtually all corners of american culture, from the restaurants in DC to people at the Saints game to the lovely class act Kim Clijesters (yes, i know she's Belgian), are in on giving. everywhere i go, from restaurants to Whole Foods, i can give. and i have. and i think it's wonderful when the most diverse country on the face of the planet, a country where someone from california and someone from mississippi might be so culturally far apart from one another that they might as well live on different planets, people can see others in need and reach out to one another.
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Practically everywhere I've been in the past few days has been running a donation program for the Red Cross. My favorite grocery store is matching customers' donations, the huge company I work for is doing a DOUBLE match program with employee contributions, and even the evil mall store at which I work is collecting from employees and customers, plus making a separate corporate donation.

I'll remind everyone to please look into places that are doing matching donations first--why not double or triple your money if you can?
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while on the dreadmill -- uh, i mean treadmill -- this morning, i noticed that virtually all corners of american culture, from the restaurants in DC to people at the Saints game to the lovely class act Kim Clijesters (yes, i know she's Belgian), are in on giving. everywhere i go, from restaurants to Whole Foods, i can give. and i have. and i think it's wonderful when the most diverse country on the face of the planet, a country where someone from california and someone from mississippi might be so culturally far apart from one another that they might as well live on different planets, people can see others in need and reach out to one another.
So true . It's really touching.

Also, that's really cool what Al Sharpton's doing . And VertigoGal, I'll keep your suggestion in mind .

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/wpbf/2936495...E0BHNlYwN0bWE-

"A West Palm Beach man has offered a school teacher 2 million reasons why her family, which was displaced by Hurricane Katrina, should move to the area. The 2 million reasons reflect dollars in value of his house.

Schwartz had planned to rent the home for $10,000 a month, but changed his mind. Now, he's lending the 4,000-square-foot house to the family of Schronderlette Davis-Tucker, who were displaced the hurricane."
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i am DAMN proud of my Texas bretheren....both my kids have New Orleans refugees in their classes....the job fairs, the donations, the people opening their homes....I am finally proud to be a Texan!!!
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you should be proud Good for Texas and Texans
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New Orleans evacuee Ray Garland hugged Philip Boire, owner of Skyline Motors in Walpole, who offered Garland a job and gave his family a minivan





Ray Garland was nervous yesterday morning when a limousine pulled in front of the Framingham hotel he's called home for the past four days, ever since he and Tamara Bernard and her six sons took a bus from a shelter in Baton Rouge, La., to rebuild their hurricane-shattered lives in Boston.

The limo's task was to take the family to the Walpole car dealer who was offering Garland a job. While Bernard leaned against the gleaming black vehicle and little boys skittered around it, Garland sat on a nearby ledge, smoking a cigarette. ''This is, like, weird. It's scary, too. Scary, scary, scary," he said. ''We're not used to this. Everybody tell me you accept it, but it's weird."

It was one more first for a 28-year-old construction worker from New Orleans who, like Bernard, had never before left Louisiana. He'd never been in a limo either. ''I ain't even go to my prom," he said. Ahead was another day of seesawing emotions.

Shortly after 11, the limo pulled into Skyline Motors, where a group of local businesspeople and a huge ''Welcome to Massachusetts" sign greeted them. Skyline owner Philip Boire had read about the family's plight in the Globe, about the leap of faith they took in accepting a Somerville minister's offer of space in his church, about their 45-hour bus ride, their disappointment in the narrow quarters in the church basement, and about the Ashland businesswoman who drove them in the dead of night to the Sheraton Framingham where they were still staying, on the house.

Boire had more than a job to offer the family. One after another, the businesspeople showered the stunned family with gifts -- tools from Building 19; a $1,000 shopping spree at Grossman's Bargain Outlet; a Cingular cellphone with six months' prepaid service; certificates to Applebee's restaurant, Panera Bread, and Big Y supermarket; a Ziploc bag with the few hundred dollars that the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce had collected after the hurricane. Jack Williams's Wednesday's Child program donated a pair of round-trip airplane tickets to anywhere in the country.

Boire dangled car keys and escorted the family to the white 2000 Plymouth Voyager minivan he was giving them. ''Oooh," Garland squealed. He and Bernard and the boys clambered in. ''Let's see how it starts," Garland said and turned the key. The car they had recently bought -- a 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix, the first car Bernard ever owned -- is parked in New Orleans's Ninth Ward, presumably destroyed in the flood that ravaged the district.

''I can't believe all this," said Bernard, who is 33 and worked as a data processing clerk in New Orleans.

''I'm just overwhelmed. Sometimes you feel like you're crying, you're so happy," Garland said. ''I didn't know people cared this much. I feel like I got to do something for them, too."

''Give back," said 15-year-old Russell.

Garland checked out his new tools. Tyrone, who turned 13 on Tuesday and whose friends Maurice and Robert had come over for ice cream and cake on his 12th birthday last year in New Orleans, played with a GameBoy, the present the hotel had given him. Little Isaiah, 6 years old, wandered off. ''Where's my baby?" Bernard said. Moments later, Isaiah was sitting beside 9-year-old Tyrin in a white Porsche convertible.

For now, the family can stay at the Sheraton, which has also received donations, but they're anxious to find a place to live, preferably, Bernard said, in Boston or near the city. ''They've got to get to school," she said.

Bernard used the dealership's computer to try registering with the Red Cross. Her temple shone with the salve she'd applied to soothe the chemical burn she suffered after leaving hair relaxer on too long. ''I'll never do my own perm again," she said. ''My poor hairdresser is in Dallas. I called her. I said I missed her."

Bernard attempted without luck to telephone the Red Cross. ''My cousin said try them at 2 o'clock in the morning," she said.

Bernard had slept restlessly the night before -- waking at 3:30 a.m. and turning on the television -- but, for the first time since Katrina, she hadn't wept. That didn't last. Mixed with the day's good news were afternoon tears. ''My mama called" from Dallas, Bernard said. ''She's crying on the phone. I was a little bit upset."

Meanwhile, Boire, who also owns a construction company, drove Garland to Dorchester to see the Victorian house the firm is renovating. Inside, walls were stripped to slats and studs, and Boire wanted to test Garland's knowledge about hanging sheetrock. ''See," Boire said, ''I don't know you yet." How would Garland handle the uneven wall in the back hall? ''I'd shim it," Garland said. He'd have no trouble, he said, covering the arch between bedrooms. Before long, Boire offered Garland the construction job.

''I would have still employed him," Boire said. ''He would have been washing cars, not hanging sheetrock."

''Ain't nothing but a hop, skip, and a jump for me," Garland said. ''I want to show him what I know. Make him proud. Show him how they do it in New Orleans."

That morning, Garland had read Psalm 33. ''Rejoice, O Lord," he recited now in an unfinished Dorchester house. It had been a good day. ''Even though I miss my mama."
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I said it after September 11 and I will say it again now. I might dislike what my goverment does but I am absolutely and madly in love with the people of this country.
Yeppers that is the truth of it.Thanks for the positive thread everyone.Hope is what gets us through times like this.

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This is great. What an uplifting message! Thank you.
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Normally I hate that favorite things show, w/ all the shrieking audience members-but this is good

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Christmas came early this year for a group of Hurricane Katrina relief workers who were the surprise audience members on Oprah Winfrey’s "My Favorite Things" episode Monday.

"Nobody can repay you but I wanted to at least try," said the queen of daytime to the people in her studio, including a registered nurse who quit her job to volunteer to help hurricane victims, a pharmacist who stayed on duty for 10 straight days and a woman who teamed up with the Humane Society to rescue animals abandoned during the storm.

Winfrey’s yearly holiday show includes a dream list of both practical and fanciful items that are distributed to the audience. During this year’s show, which falls during Oprah's 20th anniversary season, Winfrey doled out Burberry coats and handbags and a diamond-studded watch just like the one she'd received as a gift from Madonna. (Check out the complete list at Oprah.com.)

Between handing out goodies, Winfrey highlighted stories of the volunteers – some of whom slogged through the storm to help others. One such volunteer was a stay-at-home dad from Illinois who brought his own airboat to New Orleans and rescued more than 55 people and animals stranded by the floodwaters.

Among the other gifts Winfrey bestowed upon the volunteers were UGG boots, $498 Ralph Lauren cashmere sweaters, a video iPod, a new BlackBerry with three months of service, Sarah Jessica Parker’s new scent, “Lovely,” Fox & Obel oatmeal cookie dough, which Winfrey dubbed "the perfect cookie," and other goodies.

Of her extravagant gifts, Winfrey told her audience: "Nobody deserves it more than these true American heroes."
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