Monday, August 29, 2005

Katrina brings misery... and help

Monday, August 29, 2005 — Batesville, Miss. – By late Sunday afternoon, the line of cars, trucks, buses and vans stretched from New Orleans to Memphis and motels along Interstate 55 flashed a disheartening "No Vacancy" sign. Weary travelers, evacuated from their homes, have found a safe haven from the threat of Hurricane Katrina in the American Red Cross shelters that have opened across Louisiana and Mississippi.

Ricardo Mesa and his wife Sandra were scheduled to leave New Orleans Sunday afternoon on a medical mission trip to Peru. Instead, cancelled flights changed their plans and led them 300 miles north to a Red Cross shelter in Batesville, Miss. The Mesas and their three children were among more than 100 people who spent Sunday night in the Red Cross shelter at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center.

Weathering the Storm with a Little Help from New Friends

Katrina brings misery...
photos sourced by Terenceg

Here's how to help:

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of this disaster and thousands of other disasters across the country each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those in need. Call 1-800-HELP NOW or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P. O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting American Red Cross

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