So, I just put up a button today which links to Habitat for Humanity. (I know it’s rough but, hey, I made it myself!) It replaces the one that I had for The Liberal Blogosphere/Red Cross help site. And here’s why I felt a need for change:
I had been reading recently about some abuses within the Red Cross. I’m not saying that these accusations are true. Neither am I saying that they are not. The fact is that there is no way that I could know the inner workings of a major organization.
But just reading these got me thinking about what the gulf coast needs NOW. And from my perspective, it is no longer a matter of relief so much as recovery and rebuilding. There is a long road to getting the area back to some sort of semblance of normalcy. I think that this is going to be more difficult if we get stuck in the first step of the process.
And I know how hard it is to stop looking at the photos from the beginning of the month. Trust me, I know! I got so damn angry, and it has been a challenge to tear myself away from that. Now, I want to know what we need to do as a national community to help our neighbors...in the long run.
There are governmental agencies which are working on recovery. But so very much cannot be recovered. It has to be rebuilt. I feel that this is where Habitat for Humanity comes in. They have a great history when dealing with disasters.
My husband’s family at large is looking at replacing our gift exchange this Christmas with a family photo swap, along with a donation to some charity which is directly involved with Katrina survivors. After all, how many of us are not constantly trying to rid ourselves of household clutter? I know that I don’t need any more knick knacks. But there are so many people out there who just need the basics.
So, there you go. That’s my $0.02 for today.
(And, here, you probably thought all I cared about was kidneys!)