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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

How to help after Katrina? $$$$$


It will be days before the death toll is clear and weeks before all the damage is even assessed. It will be months of emergency relief and then years of rebuilding. Phenomenal and hard to comprehend. Sometimes one asks, "What can I do to help in some way?"

I've worked in disaster and conflict zones (N. American and Africa) and know that the best kind of help is money. Then everything needed can be arranged and purchased - ideally as close to the disaster as possible. Volunteers are needed, but usually not to just show up (unless requested locally).

Love, patience, tolerance, compassion, generosity, empathy... all at work too. These are good things to experience in an otherwise bad time.

In Canada, people can connect through the Red Cross.

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