New Orleans residents are rescued by helicopter from the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005 in New Orleans.
A few days ago Hugh Hewitt and Glenn Reynolds suggested a day when bloggers could support Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
Although the loss of life appears to have been low, the scale of the misery that will follow Katrina is almost unimaginable.
The miles and miles of submerged homes, sunken cars and damaged businesses are astonsihing to see. I am sure that among those businesses are scores if not hundreds that just opened, were just getting their momentum, just reaching the black and then this happens.
I hope the Hollywood/Nashville types get their act tgether on a relief effort that could be telecast, as with the 9/11 concert.
And perhaps the bloggers could agree to set a day for a unified blog beg, and I am open to suggestions on the recipient organization, though I hope it would be an organization that makes loans/grants to people to get houses and businesses repaired. The relief groups like Samaritan’s Purse will help with immediate shelter and food needs, but rebuilding will be a long and expensive process. Let me know if you have ideas on a recipient, or if you are a blogger willing to coordinate some fund-raising.
N.Z. Bear at TTLB stood up and has agreed to coordinate the event.
Hugh Hewitt suggests “perhaps the bloggers could agree to set a day for a unified blog beg” and Glenn suggests this Thursday, September 1.
I’m in. Here’s what I’ll do here at TTLB:
1) Set up a registration page where bloggers planning to join in can say so, including providing information (if they like) about where they are blogging from and the charity they suggest donations to.
2) Make the database as publicly accessible and available as I can, so that anybody else who wants to create an aggregation page or otherwise use the list can do so.
3) On the day of the event, I’ll create a dedicated community page for it, and run that as TTLB’s front page.
Other suggestions are welcome, and I’ll try to think of how else I can help during the day today. I should have the registration page up and running tonight…
Update: The registration page is now available…
Flap has registered and has chosen Catholic Charities as his Bleg partner.
Michelle Malkin has KATRINA: GETTING THINGS DONE
Read it all here.
Glenn Reynolds is compiling a list of bloggers and their charities here.
Technorati Tags: Hurricane Katrina, flood aid