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Susan Ito trying to do it all: reading writing mothering spousing daughtering working living

Sunday, September 04, 2005

New Orleans

Where have I been this past week? Glued to my computer (somehow easier to READ the news than watch it on TV) but unable to write. I'm just stunned, stricken, bewildered, angry, shocked. Many people have written so powerfully about their reactions to the terrible human disaster that has unfolded, and I find myself without words. I'm downhearted and feeling so helpless.

So I have to focus on whatever small thing I can do. And for now it will mean reaching out to some brand-new-found relatives who live(d) in New Orleans. My daughter was scheduled to fly there to represent our family at a 200+ member family reunion this Labor Day weekend. Instead, I will send her plane fare and hotel room money to the relatives she didn't get to meet.

There's so much more I could say, but I just feel out of words.

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Blogger Susan Hanson said...

This is a excellent blog. Keep it going. Here's the resolve a lot of people are searching for; how to buy & sell everything, like meat on interest free credit; pay whenever you want.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005 6:01:00 PM

Blogger Susan said...

Sigh. Is there no haven from junk?

Tuesday, September 06, 2005 6:36:00 PM

Blogger C(h)ristine said...

You have a big heart, Susan. I send many positive thoughts to you and your family--and much encouragement to everyone to donate to the red cross, and to the louisiana SPCA!

Tuesday, September 06, 2005 10:37:00 PM

Blogger Masha said...

Susan, I have three addresses of places in Baton Rouge looking for help; I'll send 'em ur way. xom

Thursday, September 08, 2005 4:49:00 AM

Blogger Susan said...

Thanks to Masha for the following info:


An amazing woman has spent the weekend on the phone and has identified 4 places, all of which have:

-taken in evacuees
-have NOT been contacted by major organizations yet
-are desperate for supplies
-and been spoken to directly by Susan, checking
exactly what they need as of *today*

They are:

The Baton Rouge River Center
275 South River Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
tel: 225-389-3030

The Women's Center
222 Veteran's Blvd.
Suite C
Denham Springs, LA 70726
tel: 225. 665-0214

Marksville City Hall
Attn: Hurricane Relief Coordinator
Myron Gagnard
427 North Washington St.
Marksville, LA 71351
tel: 318. 253. 9500
(this place is distributing to other places, too)

The St. Vincent de Paul Society for Katrina Evacuees
Ozanam Outlet
610 Memory Lane
Houston, TX 77037

If you would like to send donations (see below, for
what to send where) directly, yourself, please do.
I'd encourage you to check with the store daily,
though, to make sure you're sending what they need
most. I've put their phone numbers, so you *could*
call, but if 900 of us start calling daily, we'll
probably drive them nuts.

3. DONATIONS (What They Need):

If you want to bring donations to the store, we're
happy to sort, package, and send them out.

Here's what each place needs:

Baton Rouge River Center
-currently has over 6500 evacuees living there so we
might want to focus on them first.--

They need:

Baby Bottles
Non-perishable food
Sleeping Bags

The Women's Center needs:

Baby Food
Toddler Food
Maternity Clothes
Small boxes of Goldfish crackers
New Underwear
New Socks
New Pillows
Paper Towels
Toilet Paper
Hygiene Products
!No Grown up clothes!
!No Toys!

Marksville needs:

Baby Items of all Kinds
Hand Sensitizer
Pillows and Blankets
Baby and Children's Tee-shirts
Over the counter pain relievers
Coloring books/crayons/board games/children's books

Thursday, September 08, 2005 6:11:00 AM


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