For all of you wonderful people looking for a way to help,
please be careful. I found this today.
Speaking of Katrina Aid…I was at Phoenix Children’s
Hospital today for Kajsa’s PD
appointment. (It went well, by the
way.) But anyway, this is the time of
the year that they have their annual Miracle Network drive for the hospital. Well, not only
was one of their affiliated pharmacies (and Kajsa’s), CVS, matching all
donations, but the total donations are being split between PCH patients and
those of Children’s Hospital, New Orleans
If you do the
math, that means that everyone’s donations were doubled so that they got to
help patients both at home and Katrina survivors who now find themselves in
even greater need. When I found this
out, I had to go to the car to cry.
Later, on the drive home, I was listening to National Public Radio. They were listing all the countries that are
helping out. Even ravaged Bosnia
Herzegovina is sending what they can…$6,000. Tiny Sri Lanka,
among a number of others, is donating $25,000. It is amazing.
Several people from other countries were interviewed. Many of them pointed out that folks from
their countries had been helped by aid from the US
in the past, and that they not only didn’t forget, but they wanted to return
the favor in whatever way they could.
Canada, for one is
really stepping up to the plate. They
are making certain that energy is getting to where it needs to be. One Canadian representative spoke of the
Acadian / Cajun connection. It was
While I am very upset with some of the ways in which this
has been handled, the human component has been amazing. I know that beauroctatic crap will always be
just that. And I’m slowly coming to
terms with that (somewhat). But, when it
comes to human capacities for kindness and compassion, I continue to be
pleasantly surprised and awed.