Finally! There's something I can do!

I've been feeling completely helpless watching and listening to the horrific Hurrican Katrina news. I want to do something to help, but even donating money doesn't seem to fill that need. THanks to Christa (her employer, Citi sent out an email with ways employees could help) I now have a handy list of things I can do, right here in North Texas, to assist with the relief efforts. Here's a list of some of the things you can do too!
  • North Texas Food Bank Need volunteers to help sort donations 214.330.1396 Volunteers are needed this weekend!! - Saturday, Sept. 3: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Monday, Sept: 5: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Catholic Charities Looking for volunteers who can help immediately by answering phones and directing people at both the Central office and the Brady Center If you, your family, friends, colleagues, co-workers or fellow parishioners will be able to volunteer, please contact Natalie Eckberg at ncampos@central.catholiccharitiesdallas.org or 214-520-6590 x.122. Thank you for spreading your wings and helping those affected by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Volunteer North Texas - visit http://www.volunteernorthtexas.org/ (click on the Hurricane Katrina banner)
  • United Way Dallas - visit www.unitedwaydallas.org/
  • Carter BloodCare- Blood Drive Donor Center Locations: http://www.carterbloodcare.org/wsf/donorcenter.htm Carter BloodCare will be at the Vista Ridge Mall in Lewisville from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday in an effort to help ease the blood shortage in the Gulf Coast area. Blood bank workers will be on the upper level, in the center court area.
  • Tarrant County Resource Connection 1000 Circle Drive, Fort Worth Please volunteer your time to help this weekend!
  • The Salvation Army Homeless Shelter in Arlington - Asking for immediate volunteers as well as donations of supplies for assisting with the Louisiana evacuees. Currently, the Salvation Army reports approximately 100 temporary residents (and potentially increasing numbers) that have been evacuated here. Volunteers are needed for custodial work, sorting donations, playing with children, and answering phones. For more information, please call the Salvation Army at 817-860-1836.

There are also some local organizations who need donations of specific items.


RED CROSS

Clean Used Clothing (especially children)New undergarmentsSocks Shoes Toothbrushes Toothpaste Deodorant Feminine Products Water Gatorade

SALVATION ARMY

industrial-sized non-perishable food bottled water new underwear and socks diapers baby wipes work gloves plastic gloves baby formula hand sanitizer insect repellant Personal toiletries, i.e. toothpaste, deodorant, soap, etc. flash lights

IRVING CARES

Breakfast cereals, hot and cold Peanut Butter in small to medium plastic containers Jellies, Marmalades, Honey, Syrups in plastic containers Stick Margarine Sugar, small bags Flour, small bags Instant Potatoes Instant Milk Pancake and Waffle Mix in smaller boxes Spam, chili, or other meat products Tuna Fish Macaroni and Cheese Brown Gravy Mixes Spaghetti Sauce Mixes Rice and Noodle Meals Canned Vegetables Coffee and Tea in plastic or metal containers Soups Cooking oil, smaller plastic bottles

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