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Katrina Updates

September 14th, 2005 10:13 PM

First Aid

An Update from Jason:

Today we went to Mississippi, first stop, Gulf Port. Our convoy included 1 school bus and 3 vans all full of goods and food.

We first visited a number of Native Americans who have been totally ignored by the relief effort. We found out about them because of a post they had left on the message board.

We then went to one of the projects in the area and unloaded tons of goods in the parking lot of the community center in that neighborhood. We gave goods and food to about 100 people there. That was great to be able to help that many people in such a short amount of time. Again, like I hear from everyone, we were the FIRST relief aid that any of these people had gotten. No Red Cross, No FEMA, No Nothing.

We then went to Wiggins, LA. We visited a drop-off area there at the Magnolia Fire Dept. I spoke to the fire chief, Pete. He told me how devastated they were there. It's funny, no matter how many times someone tells me that I'm the first relief they've gotten, it still infuriates me. They had some food and water but that had only come from private donations. This was the fire chief of the town telling me this. This was not a random person I met on the street. He is one of the leaders of his community and yet he was not able to even contact the Red Cross or FEMA to get help. You could see it in his face just how frustrated and tired he is of all of this and hopefully someone reading this will get some real government help to Pete instead of some Veterans for Peace dropping off food and water.

More To Come....

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