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March 27, 2008

Save New Orleans

Filed under: From Me — by Bobbi Lee Hitchon @ 8:47 am
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To all my loyal readers (if I have any) or for those just stopping by: I have not been posting for the last week and a half, because I was in New Orleans for Spring Break doing relief work. Yes, I know this post has nothing to do with vintage clothing or fashion at all. But it is something very important to me and I hope you will take time to consider it.

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The French Quarters are open, the Saints are playing in the Superdome, and Bourbon Street is lively as ever, but New Orleans is still suffering. Thousands of houses are still marked by x’s that were spray painted on during search and rescue to identify the date first entered, the organization that entered, and any dead bodies found a few weeks after the levees broke.

The Lower 9th Ward, perhaps the most devastated area, is almost obsolete. All that remains are a few return residents in FEMA trailers, crumbled houses, and debris.

Luckily, people do want to come back and several volunteer organizations are working to get them back home. Volunteers make up 70% of the relief work in New Orleans and the people of this city are the most gracious and optimistic I have ever met.

What can you do?

As much as possible. Donate, spread the word, or go down for yourself! Here are some links to organizations working to relieve New Orleans. Every little bit counts, so just give your little.

Make it Right: Brad Pitt’s organization building 150 houses in the Lower 9th Ward.

Hands on New Orleans: Provides housing, food, work, and transportation for $20 a day.

ACORN: Get their red shirts!

Xavier: This is the school I volunteered with. I’m not sure how our team leader set it up, but I would just call. The school administration are really nice and hospitable.


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