Helping Katrina’s Refugees

“It’s just a horrifying situation in New Orleans, Mississippi and Alabama . . I know our Texas Baptist people want to respond.” Dr Charles Wade, BGCT, Baptist Standard

More ideas to help the refugees from Hurricane Katrina:

Church buildings into shelters. Many Texas Baptist churches have already been turned into shelters. More need to open up.

Operation PotLuck (my idea) If churches on Sunday put on a huge pot luck meal at their churches this Sunday, and took a few van loads of refugees to the meal, it might be a good environment to make new friends and explore opportunities for families to minister to families. If your church is being used as a shelter, then roll out the BBQ’s and eat together right there.

Elijah room. Have a spare room in your house? Maybe its time to open it up for someone.

Give money this Sunday – I suggest the Texas Baptist Mission Foundation. Link

Bloggers give space on their sites – for spotlighting acts of mercy, for acknowledging channels of communication and generosity.

CyberCafe. A BoingBoing reader suggests that Geeks help turn Houston’s Astrodome into the world’s biggest CyberCafe. It would mean donating old computers.

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  • Katrina…helping,starts with me…and you

    Live journal from New Orleans…The Interdictor… This journal has become the Survival of New Orleans blog. In less perilous times it was simply a blog for me to talk smack and chat with friends. Now this journal exists to share

  • HI,
    YOU KNOW I SIT HERE PRAYING ABOUT WHAT I CAN DO TO HELP. ME AND MY HUSBAND HAVE 4 CHILDREN AND TO MOST PEOPLE IT WOULD SEEM WE DONT HAVE MUCH.
    WE LIVE WEEK TO WEEK LIKE MOST. I KNOW THAT COULD BE US STANDING IN THE HEAT ON THAT ROAD STARVING TO DEATH. WE HAVE A SMALL HOME BUT I WOULD LOVE TO OPEN IT UP TO A CHILD OR TWO. AND TO BE HONEST IF A WHOLE FAMILY SHOWED UP AT MY DOOR IT WOULD BE OPEN. I HOPE SONEONE SEES THIS AND IT OPENS UP THE DOOR FOR ME TO HELP.

  • HI,
    YOU KNOW I SIT HERE PRAYING ABOUT WHAT I CAN DO TO HELP. ME AND MY HUSBAND HAVE 4 CHILDREN AND TO MOST PEOPLE IT WOULD SEEM WE DONT HAVE MUCH.
    WE LIVE WEEK TO WEEK LIKE MOST. I KNOW THAT COULD BE US STANDING IN THE HEAT ON THAT ROAD STARVING TO DEATH. WE HAVE A SMALL HOME BUT I WOULD LOVE TO OPEN IT UP TO A CHILD OR TWO. AND TO BE HONEST IF A WHOLE FAMILY SHOWED UP AT MY DOOR IT WOULD BE OPEN. I HOPE SONEONE SEES THIS AND IT OPENS UP THE DOOR FOR ME TO HELP.

  • Hi..Have a Idea for housing the displaced citizens of New Orlean and surrounding areas. WHY NOT USE THE GOVERNMENTS OWN CLOSED DOWN MILITARY BASES…there they have barricks,roads,water,elect…..etc and that way you can keep better track of where everyone is located.

  • I too would like to open my home to someone who lost theirs. We have a small house in our backyard. It is just a small room, but it is clean and private. I live in California though and I dont know if any of the refugees would be willing to travel that far. If anyone knows how to put our names on a list to house a family, please let me know.

  • for any of you that are interested in opening up your home to katrina victims, i found a website called, easyroommate.com you will see a link to open a room up for katrina victims..hope this helps..also for anyone wishing to donate goods/products directly there is a site called networkforgood.com and then click on the link that says “respond with love” and it will direct you on how to donate diapers, fruits, etc. in most cases you will be informed of who the donation went to…take care

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