This past week has been nerve racking for our Caribbean and Southern brides. Hurricane Katrina has swept through Western Florida, Lousiana, Missisipppi and Alabama leaving behind her chaos and a trail of tears. Black families are suffering great losses to an already dimished economy as many are left homeless and in the next few months maybe years-- jobless! As a Caribbean woman, we spend every six months dreading a storm and the damage to friends and relatives back home. With Hurrican Marilyn to took 18 months to get electricity and over 2 years to get cable. We understand your situation. We continue to pray for you and your families. We are here for you. Post your thoughts and prayers here.Here Is How You Can Help
Volunteers are direly needed but, should not report directly to the affected areas unless directed by a voluntary agency. Volunteer agencies provide a wide variety of services after disasters, such as clean up, childcare, housing repair, crisis counseling, sheltering and food.(Watch video of the man describing the loss of his wife -- 1:07)
Here is a list of phone numbers set up solely for cash donations and/or volunteers.
Donate cash to:
American Red Cross
1-800-HELP NOW (435-7669) English,
AmericaÂ’s Second Harvest
Donate Cash to and Volunteer with:
Adventist Community Services
Catholic Charities, USA
Christian Disaster Response
941-956-5183 or 941-551-9554
Christian Reformed World Relief Committee
Church World Service
Convoy of Hope
Lutheran Disaster Response
Mennonite Disaster Service
Nazarene Disaster Response
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Southern Baptist Convention -- Disaster Relief
1-800-462-8657, ext. 6440
United Methodist Committee on Relief
For further information: visit the website for the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) at: http://www.nvoad.org/.
This list of organizations is provided by the National Organization of Voluntary Agencies Active in Disaster. Please email EST-DONAT-A@dhs.gov if you are interested in having your organization added to the list.