First, a confession of sorts...
I have not made any Hurricane-related donations as of yet. The first half of the month is always tight - rent, utilities, and food take up the bulk of our budget for the first two weeks of the month. The second half of the month is not as tight with regard to money so, once the mid-month paycheck comes through and bills are paid, I will have some discretionary funds with which to make donations.
Which brings me to YOU.
Here is your challenge : for every comment (1 per person and anonymous comments don't count - be brave and use your name!) logged on this blog for this post between 12:01 am Thursday, September 8 and midnight Thursday September 15 (Hawaii Standard Time), I will donate $1 to either of the folowing charities (you can specify which charity you want your $1 to go to in your comments if you have a preference) :
Soldiers' Angels Katrina Relief Fund
Armed Forces Retirement Home
From the Soldiers' Angels website :
Hurricane Katrina has devastated New Orleans and South Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The homes and lives of an untold number of our friends and families have been decimated. Included in the ranks of victims are the family members of our soldier's serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom and in Afghanistan. Many of these soldiers will be returning home in the next few weeks to find that their families have been displaced and their homes and businesses destroyed.
From the Armed Forces Retirement Home website :
Hurricane Katrina decimated the Gulfport campus leaving 416 veterans homeless. These vets will be brought to Washington where the Home is preparing to formerly shuttered buildings for their use. The veterans will come by bus. They will leave Gulfport this afternoon, remain overnight in Atlanta and arrive on the Washington campus on Thursday.
The Gulfport facility has suffered $1 million worth of hurricane damage in the last three years and Hurricane Katrina damage will cost millions of dollars and take months to repair. Some buildings were literally knocked to the ground. The steel and concrete perimeter fence is gone. The vets rode out the hurricane on the campus but they cannot remain there without running water or electricity. They will stay in Washington indefinitely
Both of these organizations hold a special place in my heart and serve a population that is obviously near and dear to me.
So that's it. There you go. Now, I have a limit on what I can afford to donate - we ARE a military family, you know - without putting my own family in the poor house (my first responsibility is to them) but I'm not going to tell you what it is. I also have a minimum as well but again, I'm not telling.
Let me see whatcha got! The "window of opportunity" opens in less than 10 hours...
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Posted at Outside the Beltway, for lunch at basil's blog, and over at bRight & Early and, of course, at Greyhawk's Open Post
Edited to add : Here is a list of items that the AFRH needs...
As of Tuesday, September 6, 2005 – the following items have been identified as those
items that are currently need by the residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home.
Plastic denture cups
Denture adhesive products (i.e., Fixodent)
Nail clippers (a real priority issue)
Small TVs, rabbit ears
Personal hair dryers
Curtains 63” and 84” long
Chests of drawers
Single size sheets/ pillowcases
Liquid laundry detergent
Windex and similar cleaning products
New pajamas (men/women (all sizes))
Sweaters / jackets/ windbreakers (male/female)
Women’s clothe (small/medium (petite)
In response to the many calls from individuals and organizations wanting to do
something for our Gulfport veterans who weathered Hurricane Katrina, the following
“wish list” of items is provided:
Small and medium refrigerator (room size)
Personal CD players/CDs by any artist
Pajamas (mostly for men, but also some for women) – sizes small, medium, large, extra
large and extra/extra large.
Bath robes (see sizing above)
Underwear/Socks (mostly male, some female)
Slippers, (male/female, sizes small/medium/large)
Clothe (new only)
Belts (all sizes)
Single sheet sets
Electric shavers/disposable shavers
Hand held hair dryers
Feminine Hygiene products
Phone cards so our displaced veterans can call their familie
Writing paper/envelops/books of stamps
Discount coupons for things eyeglasses
Discount or free tickets to any recreational or sporting events
within 20-30 radius of Washington
Medium size plastic or paper bags to be used to dispense
items to individual residents.