It's taken a few days for it to sink in that the New Orleans I visited less than two months ago will never be the same again. While we there there, it was Hurricane Dennis that had everyone concerned. Now I realize that we weren't worried enough.
I've been through all of the links from my July post and several of the sites are down. The Hotel Villa Convento has been taking messages through their site and updating their home page periodically. The family has evacuated and who knows if and when they'll be back.
The Gumbo Shop, where we had dinner the first night of our trip, still has a working site that touts "Visit our New Biloxi, MS Restaurant." I just hope they haven't lost two restaurants.
It's hard to begin to grasp what the people we met in New Orleans have been going through this week. When I think of cities swallowed up by water, it's usually in terms of ancient myths, not the evening news.
It's hard to sit by helplessly as all this happens. All I can think to do is provide a link to donate to the Red Cross. I'm sure every little bit will help.
It's so sad. As soon as I get my paycheck, I'm going to see how much I can donate.
Posted by: Sarah | September 04, 2005 at 01:42 PM
Just make sure when you GIVE, that you GIVE to a place you know is going to get the money to them SOON. Red Cross is great. Some other organizations are questionable so do the research first before giving.
Posted by: Pauly D | September 04, 2005 at 06:29 PM
Good point Pauly D. That's exactly why I always feel safe giving to the Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders. The other thing to consider (as happened with the tsunamis) is that when the organization gets TOO MUCH money for the particular disaster, where does the excess go? With the Red Cross and such, you know the money will still go to good causes.
Posted by: cagey | September 05, 2005 at 08:48 AM