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Hurrican Katrina Help Info Thread............

Some of you may or may not know this info, so bare with me as I get the info out to those who haven't any idea where to start.

Not everyone can afford a financial donation, but there are other ways you can help. Give blood. It is free, and it is something we can all do, it only takes a small amount of time, and it can make a tremendous difference to someone whose life you may help save. Those of us who were spared the effects of this tragedy must get out there and do something to help those who were not so fortunate.

There are a lot of organizations listed, some religious, some not, some for people, some for rebuilding and some for pets. I encourage you to read the website, see if they disclose where your money will be used and make a choice based on what you feel is most important.

This list is by no means exhaustive and will be updated as new initiatives cross my inbox or browser - I'm sure there are many other ways your time, energy or money can be donated to those in dire need.

United Way
The United Way Hurricane Katrina Response Fund has been activated to help affected communities begin rebuilding their lives. At this point, financial resources are the easiest and most important contribution you can make. All funds will be allocated for both front-line disaster relief and long-term recovery needs as determined by local United Ways in affected areas, in coordination with a vast network of human services agencies and volunteer centers.

Samaritan's Purse
Samaritanís Purse is working with local churches and mobilizing hundreds of volunteer workers to help repair as many homes as possible. Two tractor-trailers loaded with emergency supplies and equipment will provide crews with chain saws and heavy equipment to remove fallen trees from houses and streets. Other teams will cover damaged roofs with weatherproof plastic. Generators can provide emergency electricity for the sick or elderly. Flooded houses can be pumped dry and cleaned of debris.

Samaritanís Purse focuses on helping the neediest, particularly the poor and elderly. The Disaster Relief Units work in partnership with local churches to ensure that spiritual needs are met, too.

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is currently providing services to storm victims and first responders in the Gulf Coast states.

A $100 donation to The Salvation Army will feed a family of four for two days, provide two cases of drinking water and one household clean-up kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets, and cleaning supplies.

Due to the uncertainty of specific needs and a desire for The Salvation Army to meet as many of those needs as possible, we are not accepting in kind donations at this time. Please take all donations of clothing to your local thrift store to assist them in continued service to your community. Corporations wishing to make in kind donations may contact 1-888-363-2769.

Pet Smart Charities
In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, PETsMART Charities is coordinating its efforts with local humane societies and has initiated a nationwide disaster relief effort. To help with relief efforts for this and other disasters, you can make a tax-deductible donation.

Operation Blessing
After four mobile kitchens and dozens of mobile canteens from partnering groups are in place, OBI will be helping provide up to 310,000 meals a day to storm victims in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

OBI is also working with local churches and other nonprofits to determine strategic and effective ways to bring aid to those struggling to cope in the aftermath of the brutal hurricane.

Humans Society
As the fury of Hurricane Katrina dies down, relief and rescue teams mobilize to save lives. The HSUSís Disaster Animal Response Teams provide vital aid to animals and pet-owners devastated by storm damage and flooding.

Hearts with Hands
The organization is collecting the following items:

Non-perishable food items
Convenience foods
Can openers
Baby Food, diapers, wipes
Hygiene items
Picnic supplies
Small charcoal grills and charcoal
Tools, gloves, tarps, plastic, construction materials
Over the counter medications
First aid kits
Flashlights, batteries, candles
Trash bags
Generators, chain saws, and hand tools

Due to the logistics and costs of transportation, the public is encouraged to send financial donations to assist with shipping and travel costs.

Catholic Charities
As Hurricane Katrina continues to make her trek northward, Catholic Charities agencies from around the region, such as agencies in Florida and Baton Rouge, are poised to send technical assistance teams to help the local Catholic Charities in the impacted areas with their response efforts. Once the all clear is given that it is safe to return to those communities hit by the devastating hurricane, the damage and needs assessment will begin.

Based on past disasters, possible long-term services that Catholic Charities may provide include temporary and permanent housing, direct assistance beyond food and water to get people back into their homes, job placement counseling, and medical and prescription drug assistance.

The ASPCA Disaster Relief Fund helps shelters and organizations across the country that are impacted by natural disasters. Your donation today will go directly to help shelters impacted by Hurricane Katrina rebuild facilities and assist in their disaster recovery efforts.

America's Second Harvest
Americaís Second HarvestóThe Nationís Food Bank Network, the nationís largest charitable hunger-relief organization has activated its disaster mode in response to Hurricane ĎKatrinaí.

We are in need of funds to respond to disaster relief for Hurricane Katrina in states impacted by the disaster including Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

Ebay Giving Works
Those who have been affected by Hurricane Katrina need our assistance. Here are three ways you can help:
1 - Sell through eBay Giving Works and donate 10-100% of your proceeds.
2 - Buy a Giving Works item that supports their efforts.
3 - Learn more about organizations who are providing their assistance. Many of them offer you the opportunity to donate funds directly.

Operation Katrina Soldiers Relief Fund
Soldier's Angels and Mathew and Frankie Mayo, founders of Operation AC (Operation Air Conditioner) have established a relief fund to help our soldiers and their families cope with and recover from this devastation. Your donation will help these families obtain essential personal items, temporary shelter and any other needs that can be met. Soldier's Angels will also work to provide information to the soldiers concerning their families whereabouts and needs. Now is the time to help protect those who have given up so much to protect us.

Crafters United
This shop is a partnership between Craft Revolution and Etsy, promoted by MyCicy and others, with a goal of raising funds for the Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund. All proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund, which is providing hot meals to victims and rescue workers, as well as providing other much needed assistance such as shelter, medical needs and even therapy for victims.
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Re: Hurrican Katrina Help Info Thread............

Volunteer Houston

Red Cross

United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast

Harris County Citizen Corp.

Houston United Way

If you're interested in doing 'simple' volunteer work, you can do so by calling or stopping by some of the locations below.

St. Vincent De Paul Society
Call (713) 741-8234, ext. 110 or stop at the following locations:

Washington Thrift Store
2020 Washington Avenue
Houston, TX

Bellaire Thrift Store
5236 Cedar
Bellaire, TX

Ozanam Outlet
610 Memory Lane
Houston, TX

Salvation Army
Call (713) 752-0677 or go the following locations:

Main Office
1500 Austin
Houston, TX
8:30 am - 4:30 pm to help answer phones

Pasadena Community Center
2732 Cherrybrook

Donations are requested for storm victims.
Supplies needed are:
Baby formula
Baby clothing
Men's & women's summer clothing, all sizes
Undergarments -- all sizes
Blankets, sheets, bedding items
Toiletries, personal care items
Information given out earlier on Friday morning was incorrect. Do NOT drop items off at the Astrodome. Please take them to the Houston Food Bank or a local United Way or Goodwill office.

Red Cross:
Local number for donations: 713-313-5480
If you would like to make a donation to the Red Cross, please call 1-800-HELP-NOW or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013. Internet users can make a secure online credit card contribution by visiting or

Operation Share Your Home
Here is a national toll-free number for individuals who want to open their homes to Katrina victims: 888-827-2525

Salvation Army:
"Victims of Katrina" donations can be made by calling: 1-800-253-1868

Greater New Orleans Foundation
Donations are now being accepted online for the Hurricane Katrina New Orleans Recovery Fund. This fund will focus on the rebuilding of infrastructure to provide basic human services to residents of these devastated areas.

United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast
United Way Katrina Refugee Relief Fund, to assist local agencies that are caring for displaced victims of Hurricane Katrina
Contributions can be made at any of the more than 80 Amegy Bank of Texas banking centers
Visit any banking center and reference "United Way Katrina Refugee Relief Fund," Account #3601021 or mail to "Attn Teller, P.O. Box 27459; Houston, Texas 77227"

Houston Food Bank:
The Houston Food Bank needs volunteers and paper goods, cleaning supplies, bottled water, peanut butter, heat-and-eat foods, single-serving foods and snacks that don't require refrigeration, and cash. Information: 713-223-3700

KSBJ-FM and the Greater Houston YMCA
Collecting prepaid grocery, gasoline and phone cards. Donations will be accepted today at Sharpstown Mall, Thursday at Memorial City Mall and Friday at Almeda Mall, noon-7 p.m. each day. Houston-area YMCAs will accept cards through September.

Sugar Land Drive:
Drop-off locations:
Sugar Creek Baptist Church - 13213 Southwest Freeway
Riverpark H-E-B - 19900 Southwest Freeway
Most needed items are: baby formula, diapers, wipes, cleaning supplies, canned meat, canned vegetables, canned fruits, bread, single serving snacks, ramen noodles, can openers, peanut butter, personal hygiene products, paper products, soups, and bottled water.

Spring Branch Church of the Nazarene
Volunteers collecting donations of clothing, shoes, blankets, sheets, sleeping bags, pillows, towels, washcloths, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, bottled water, small containers of laundry detergent, toys, diapers, baby food, etc. for the hurricane victims.
Visit their website for location and phone number

I-10 at I-45
Collecting goods to be donated to hurricane victims
Visit their website for location and phone number

Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza is asking Catholics throughout the 10-county archdiocese to contribute to a special collection this weekend that will go to aid victims in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. The special collection will be taken up at all Masses at every parish in the archdiocese this weekend. The money raised will be given to Catholic Charities USA, which is among the primary responders in the regions devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

Jewish Federation of Greater Houston
Accepting tax-deductible donations at or Jewish Federation of Greater Houston Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Fund, 5603 S. Braeswood, Houston, TX 77096.

Katy Chamber of Commerce
2501 S. Mason, Suite 230, Katy
Taking donations of goods and services. Visit or call 281-828-1100 for more information.

All State Insurance
1111 FM 1462, Alvin TX
Collecting goods for Red Cross and Salvation Army

West Houston Church of Christ
Collecting gift cards (phone, gas, food, Wal-Mart, etc) in any denomination to be distributed to Hurricane Katrina victims in Red Cross shelters in Texas. The collection will extend through the month of September and cards may be brought to West Houston Church of Christ, 17100 West Road, Houston, TX 77095. For additional information, see our website or call 281-856-0001.

ICNA Relief-Helping-Hand
P.O. Box 572181, Houston - Texas 77257
Adivision of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) -- a humanitarian relief and development organization. Providing assistance like food and shelter to many, including about 150 displaced Muslim families in Baton Rouge. ICNA Relief-Helping-Hand has allocated $25,000 for this specific effort and appealing for additional donations.

Lone Star Equine Rescue
The group has been called in to help with the horse rescue efforts after the storm hits. Supplies and manpower are needed. Lone Star Equine Rescue, Rose Westover, 713-467-3444 in Tomball area and Almost Heaven Riding Stables, John or Jodie Arrington, Highlands (east side staging) 281-426-3451

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Re: Hurrican Katrina Help Info Thread............

If you live within about 350 miles of New Orleans or know someone who does, do you have a spare room, bed or couch to offer a family fleeing hurricane Katrina?

There is an emergency housing drive at
You can post your offer of housing (a spare room, extra bed, even a decent
couch) and search for available housing online at

Housing is most urgently needed within reasonable driving distance (about 300 miles) of the affected areas in the Southeast, especially New Orleans.

The process is simple:
You can sign up to become a host by posting a description of whatever housing you have available, along with contact information. You can change or remove your offer at any time.

Hurricane victims, local and national relief organizations, friends and relatives can search the site for housing. We'll do everything we can to get your offers where they are needed most. Many shelters actually already have Internet access, but folks without 'net access can still make use of the site through case workers and family members.

Hurricane victims or relief agencies will contact hosts and together decide if it's a good match and make the necessary travel arrangements. The host's address is not released until a particular match is agreed on.
Please forward this message to anyone in the Southeast who can help.

The Veterans Administration set up toll-free numbers for veterans displaced by the storm to call to rearrange their medical care, and for V.A. employees to check on where to go and what to do for work.

Stacie Rivera says more than 50,000 veterans from south Louisiana and probably more from Mississippi now need to know how they can get their medicines and get to a doctor.

She says veterans from both areas can call 1-800-507-4571 for the information, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Rivera said the number for V-A employees -- 1-888-766-2474 -- is open seven days a week, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

RED Cross: Donate Spare Change

Many of us want to help our fellow citizens but can't afford monetary
donations. Did you know that you can donate spare change to the American
Red Cross at Coinstar machines in your local grocery store?

Just by bringing your spare change to the grocery store, you can help
the American Red Cross bring relief to disaster victims in your area and
across the country.

If half of those Americans living within 2 miles of a Coinstar machine
donated just $1 in spare change to the Red Cross, it would raise more
than $65 million to support American Red Cross lifesaving services in
communities nationwide!

Find the Coinstar machine nearest you <>:
(Please note that some Coinstar machines are not yet equipped with the
donation option. To confirm that your grocery store can accept donations
to the American Red Cross, please call 1-800-928-CASH.)

Learn more <>:
about how your spare change can help save lives.

A Cooperative Project To Comfort Victims of Hurricane Katrina

I've recently learned that the International Quilt Festival is taking donations of bedding -- sheets, blankets, quilts, for the refugees being brought to Houston. They are apparently in dire need of blankets as these people are sleeping on cement floors in heavily air-conditioned buildings.
This isn't limited to quilts, they need bedding of all sorts, sheets, blankets, etc.

Many thousands of the Katrina refugees are being sent to Houston RIGHT NOW, and no one knows how long they will have to be here.Most of them escaped the hurricane's fury with only the clothes on their backs--nothing more--and they may have absolutely nothing to go home to. They don't even know. The Astrodome is ready as temporary housing, but there is a serious shortage of bedding. QUILTERS COMFORT AMERICA is the collection of quilts/blankets of all kinds to be distributed to the refugees here in Houston so that they have something soft to sleep on instead of the hard concrete floors of the temporary shelters and something warm to cover up with against the chill of otherwise welcome air-conditioning (we've been in the 90s and 100s for weeks now).

Many of us have unfinished projects filling our closets and cupboards. Get out one of those projects--twin size preferred but no smaller than baby quilt size, please--and finish it up for this. Use lightweight batting--do whatever binding is the quickest, even a close zigzag stitch. You don't have to quilt it--tie it!

Knit it! Get a group of folks together and knit up a blanket!

If you have only small projects, add borders. Think about a mother lying on the floor cradling her baby--that's the size quilt we need to provide. These quilts are not meant to be heirlooms, although they will probably be treasured for many years as a symbol of the caring of strangers. Tie them, machine quilt them, knit them, crochet them... work in a group with your friends and finish several on an assembly line, do whatever it takes to get these finished quickly.


If you already have some finished pieces that you don't have plans for, send them too, as long as they are no smaller than baby quilt size. If you are a professional, you may have sample quilts that have become shopworn or faded but are still clean and very usable in an emergency--send them!--we are IN an emergency! Be sure to put a label on the back of your quilt or sign it with a kind thought and your name and date. Every piece will go to a refugee family driven from their homes by the hurricane.

To participate in QUILTERS COMFORT AMERICA, send an email to (subject line: COMFORT AMERICA) to let us know how many quilts you are sending. That will help us help the Red Cross in its planning. Please do not expect a confirmation that your quilt has been received or any kind of nice thank-you. Sometimes we just have to do things because they are the RIGHT things to do--this is one of those times. People need help...the kind of help WE can give.

Use this address to send your quilt/s:
c/o International Festival
7660 Woodway, Suite 550
Houston, TX 77063

Please note: for security, do NOT use the word 'quilt' ANYWHERE in your address label!

Many of us have also amassed linen closets full of old but completely usable sheets--perhaps a size you no longer use, or juvenile prints that your college age kids don't like anymore.Clean sheets and blankets are also most welcome to QUILTERS COMFORT AMERICA. Naturally, everything should be clean and fresh.These folks have lived with enough mud and dirt to last them the rest of their lives--let's give them a clean bed to rest in.
Please note that we cannot use fabric, patterns, scraps, etc.

Quilt Festival will serve as the collection point for these quilts, and we will deliver them DAILY to the American Red Cross staffing the refugee centers in Houston, where they will be distributed by the Red Cross volunteers. Because we are right here in Houston where more than 10,000 of the refugees will be, we can make a difference RIGHT NOW...if you'll help.
Time is critical--the need is NOW! People are arriving by the hour, children are bedding down on the cold concrete, bedding is needed by people of all ages who have lost everything in this horrible storm. Please help if you can.

If you live in or around Houston, you are welcome to hand deliver your donations to us.
Our address is 7660 Woodway, Suite 550, Houston 77063.
You can find it on Mapquest. Please note that this is one block of Woodway that runs perpendicular to all the rest of Woodway.

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Re: Hurrican Katrina Help Info Thread............

Air America Public Voicemail

Air America Radio's Public Voicemail is a way for disconnected people
to communicate in the wake of Katrina.

Here's how it works:

Call the toll-free number above, enter your everyday phone number, and
then record a message. Other people, who know your everyday phone
number (even if it doesn't work anymore) can call Emergency Voicemail,
enter the phone number they associate with you, and hear your message.

You can also search for messages left by people whose phone numbers
you know.

Air America Radio will leave Public Voicemail in service for as long
as this crisis continues. You can call it whenever you are trying to
locate someone, or if you are trying to be found.

Obviously, for this to work, people need to know about it so please
forward the number to as many people as you can. You can find out more
about Katrina and the affected areas at

Air America Radio brings you Emergency VoiceMail in conjunction with

Also, if you're looking for a way to help personally, Civic
Action, formerly known as, launched a new web site
yesterday, asking its 3.3 million members
and the public to post any available housing for the thousands of
people left homeless by Hurricane Katrina. The organization will
directly connect evacuees with volunteer hosts, and also provide the
housing information to the Red Cross and Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA).

Bungie is stepping in to do their part

We've Made a T Shirt

Sounds sort of weak when we just say it like that, but itís something we were able to do, and do quickly. Just so that weíre clear, of the $19.95 the shirt costs, about $15 in cleared funds will go straight to the Red Cross and directly to the disaster relief. Nobody, not Bungie, the Bungie store, or the distributor will clear a penny profit. Thatís important. We basically want to get as much cash, as quickly as possible to those in dire need.

The T-Shirt will do three things:

* It will get cash, aid and assistance quickly to the people and organizations that need it.
* It will show your solidarity and outreach to those people so horribly affected.
* It will serve as a reminder that though terrible things try us, but that we can overcome them with friendship and kindness.

Additionally, Bungie Studios is going to donate all of the royalties we earn on any other Bungie Store products for the month of September to the Red Cross. So if you feel inclined to grab something else while you're here, know that a portion of that will also go to those in need.

So do it. Buy a shirt RIGHT NOW. If youíre a kid, and you donít have a credit card, get your parent to read this, and get them to buy you a T-Shirt. Theyíll be gaining a lot more than a dumb shirt.

Sometimes world domination comes in the form of a helping hand.

From the directNIC site (the LiveJournal of the isp in NO who has remained online and is running the webcam Ive been watching a whole lot of thru this whole thing)


First of all, many thanks to the kind and courageous folks currently
staffing Outpost Crystal. Their compassion and honesty are
unparalleled. (edit - MrsR - Outpost Crystal is directNIC)

I am writing this to describe a horrific situation in NOLA that few are
aware of, and those who are aware are doing little or nothing. As many
of you have likely observed, the national media outlets are suggesting
that hurricane relief is finally leading to vast improvements with each
hour that passes. Food and water are being delivered, power restored,
levees repaired, water drainage plans developed, and those still living
successfully evacuated. Many are reporting that the final areas are
being checked for survivors, as well as those who have passed at the
hands of Katrina (and more often, neglect). Unfortunately, this is not
the case. As demonstrated on's blog section, many individuals
know the exact locations and WORKING telephone numbers of family
members, most of whom are elderly, sickly, starving, and in serious
need of medical attention. When able to get through on emergency
telephone numbers, a feat not to be taken lightly, they are dismissed
or told that dispatch would be sent immediately, yet no one has come,
even though calls have been placed for days. Many do not require full
evacuation, but basic medical attention and/or supplies. Many are
completely immobile, and unable to access the limited relief sites or
food drops. I spoke to one such individual, Ms. Lee Livermore, who was
still trapped in her home earlier this evening (around 6:00pm EST).
Her nephew, living in Michigan, explained to me that she is diabetic,
has difficulty moving, and he has been in contact with the coast guard,
emergency services, and even the governor's office, yet nothing is
being done. Stranded on a 3rd floor apartment, with little food, no
sweets, and low blood sugar, her outlook is not promising. This is
just one case out of hundreds, probably thousands. Incredibly, much of
this information is available through, a resource many of the
media are utilizing, yet remains unreported. The television broadcasts
refer to none of this, simply stressing the importance of financial
contributions, encouraging National Guard membership for potential
volunteers, and emphasizing the positive direction the situation is

For more information on these people who are stranded and requiring
immediate assistance, please visit HERE

Note: specific contact information and locations ARE provided

Some of these people, primarily those in high profile areas, such as
universities and hospitals, have since been rescued. Others, however,
are being ignored, even though their situation and status is easily
discernable and their telephone contacts are reliable and consistent.
Addresses are always provided, as is contact information for family and
friends. After speaking with stranded individuals and their family
members, the severity of the situation is obvious, yet rescue workers
are overwhelmed or dismissive, often a combination of the two, with
each call placed. We are being bombarded with images of the care and
rescue of healthy, able-bodied people, yet so many of those who need
our attention most are completely helpless.

After having little success using the emergency numbers provided by a
variety of organizations and websites, I called CNN to explain the
distress that these individuals are in. I was told that they have a
department compiling information of those who need assistance, and that
the office would be open on TUESDAY, after the Labor Day holiday, so
the best course of action is to leave a voicemail. Understandably
outraged, I called MSNBC, where the woman I spoke with was also
shocked. She told me they have a voicemail box that was checked every
15 minutes, and my information could be left there. It was, not
surprisingly, full, and I was disconnected, as has occurred on every
subsequent call.

I encourage anyone in a position to help to do everything they can to
assure that those whose locations are known, especially those requiring
medical attention, be assisted IMMEDIATELY, with other search and
rescue operations taking a lesser priority. Just because these people
are less visible and indoors, some perhaps in dry areas, should not
exempt them from the care and attention being relegated to others.

I also ask that those who are able complain about the policies of the
major media networks, both in collecting information on those in need,
as well as the reporting of improvements, when many are STILL ALIVE,
but will starve and die of their conditions in the very near future.

I understand that the extremely limited resources need to be conserved
and delivered where most needed. As it is easy to ascertain the
condition and whereabouts of many of these people, through a mere phone
call, something that rescue agencies and certainly the media have
access to, it seems beyond remiss that their perilous situations be

If anyone has additional questions, information, or advice, please do
not hesitate to contact me.
Brittany Turner
Saugerties, NY

Emergency numbers are available to any who need them by visiting

Best of luck to all of you still in the area, doing your best to report
accurate and timely information.

Outpost Crystal is going to auction off some stuff on Ebay when we're done here and send the proceeds to charity and relief efforts. We will start with Donny's famous striped shirt (visable on cam now ).

I am on a SF Bay Area non-profit volunteers list and I received the following msg:



I've just talked to this wonderful woman Mari (see below) and she's adding drop-off sites by the hour, and can't keep her website updated! If you don't see anything below or on their site, just call her and she'll call you right back if you get voicemails on her two numbers - she'll give you updates on where you drop off donations..

I'm taking 20 bags of clothes, towels, etc. etc. to a guy in Berkeley (Aaron- 510-357-8359) who's rented a U-Haul truck to collect stuff and then he'll take it the Operation Ryan place in Newark when full.

Thanks for whatever you can do.

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Date: 2005-09-03, 9:42PM PDT

Please come help Operation Ryan's Hope!! We are accepting donations this Labor Day at our Newark wareehouse 38505 Cherry St.Door #40, Newark 94560. We will be there on Monday from 10 am to 4 pm and Tuesday from 10 - 7 pm and Wednesday - Friday from 10-3. We have a truck coming on Wednesday, a full semi that will ship supplies to Louisiana.

We are accepting all types of donations, please see our list. We can get these items to the shelters. Please help us help those that are in desperate need!

For information on Operation Ryan's Hope go to our website at or see an articles on us on the San Matteo Daily Journal .

Below is our flyer:

My son started this operation and it has grown in the past two days to tremendous levels. We have hired a 53' semi truck to deliver the supplies to an Alexandria shelter and a Marksville, LA shelter. We are working with the Mayor's office in Marksville. I can supply phone numbers to confirm the above. Below is an article that was written by the SM Daily Journal and today NBC11 came to do a story on Ryan's efforts. Below is some information:

Please help us send supplies to the Victims and Evacuees of Hurricane Katrina.
We are preparing to send a full semi truck of supplies to Marksville, LA to help with the victims. The items will be distributed to over thousands of victims who are now homeless and living in homes, schools, shelters, on the street. Everything helps!

Items needed:

Clothing, light clothing, socks, shoes, t-shirts, pants, shorts

Baby clothing, diapers, baby wipes, formula, baby bottles, baby blankets.

Pillows/blankets, sheets

Children clothing

Over the counter pain relievers; tylenol, motrin, tums, alka seltzer, pepto bismol, band aides, antiseptics, First Aid kits

Coloring books, board games, books for kids, small stuffed animals

Batteries, Flashlights, tarps, pots and pans. Coleman stoves, air mattresses, washcloths, bedding, etc.

We are coordinating several drop off locations, Burlingame, San Bruno, Newark,


Mill Valley Police Department
One Hamilton Drive for directions

1483 Rollins Road
Burlingame, CA
Monday 9-11 am
Tuesday - Friday 9 am to 3 pm.

We are adding locations to the South Bay, Martinez, Sacramento and East Bay. Please contact us if you can become a drop off location. 650.784.1126

Our warehouse in Newark at 38505 Cherry Door 40 is the central area for the donations. We will be accepting donations on Monday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Please call if you can help. 650.642.6791 or 650.784.1126.

Mari Richardson

I am forwarding with permission. Many items are needed. This is a
reputable person who is offering beds to 350 family members in the
autism community who were affected by Katrina. If you know anyone
who may need housing who has a family member with autism, or you
know a place you can list this information to find families, please
do so. We need to get the word out. Please forward this to your
friends and family members as they may know someone in need, even if
you do not.

Please feel free to forward-

Dear Autism Community,

Various churches, autism organizations, and individuals have gotton
together to help Katrina survivors in the south who have children
with autism and other developmental disabilities. The shelter will
be at Camp Yocona in Toccopola, Mississippi. Families have already
contacted the coordinator, Peg Pickering, and are trying to get to
the site (gas is hard to find as you can imagine). We are also
working with FEMA, DHS and MEMA to locate families and get help.

Donations are pouring in from everywhere. We are trying to get the
word out and find these families, but in the meantime, materials and
supplies are needed. When the families arrive after this ordeal, we
want to make the camp as comfortable as possible, stocked with
everything they will need.

Peg is currently asking for these items:

NEW clothing- especially socks & underclothes of all descriptions
and sizes.
This camp will need so many things in the near future: therapists,
aba matericals (teaching materials for children with autism), gluten
free/casein free foods, toys, televisions/vcr's, videotapes, books,
transportation, etc.

send items to:

Camp Yocona

878 Boy Scout Rd
Randolph, MS 38864

contact Peg: 662-488-9619 or 662-509-0599 (asdkatrinarescue @ yahoo. com)

updated information will be posted on

You can also donate money online to the National Autism Association
Relief Fund
100% of the Hurrican Katrina Relief Donations will help the
families. donations are tax-deductible.

Also, if you have contacts and can find ways to help- please don't
hesitate to email Jo Pike <>. (jo @ No donation is too small.

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