People touched by the plight of Hurricane Katrina victims have opened their homes, wallets, closets and cupboards to make a difference. Relief efforts will continue for the foreseeable future, as so many residents in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama lost all their worldly possessions.
Many well-intentioned people are sending used clothing or items at home for which they no longer have a need. The stuff lying around people's houses won't be of much help to storm victims. Charitable organizations coordinating the relief efforts say what is desperately needed, and what is more appropriate, are monetary donations.
RTG Media is working with the American Red Cross to give Valdostans the opportunity to donate. Radio station staff will use a live broadcast from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at the Blood Donor Center on Bemiss Road to ask for and accept cash contributions. Other broadcasts will be from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Sonny's BBQ on Norman Drive and from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at Winn-Dixie at Five Points. If you can't make it to one of these donation sites this week, call the Red Cross at 242-7404 or visit its Web site at www.valdostaredcross.org.
Also, send a tax deductible check to Greater Valdosta United Way, P.O. Box 925, Valdosta, Ga., 31603-0925. Write "Katrina" in the memo line.
Countless local businesses, churches and individuals are coordinating relief efforts on a smaller scale, whether by accepting donations or in some cases traveling to hurricane-damaged areas to volunteer. We wish there was a way to acknowledge each individual and organization who has contributed their time, money and resources. The fact that media coverage may not follow someone's moment as a Good Samaritan in no way diminishes their contribution. We would hope that everyone who gives does so for the right reason, and not just to bring a spotlight on themselves. Knowing that we could one day find ourselves in a predicament similar to the Hurricane Katrina victims should leaven our generous spirit.
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