Sunday, September 04, 2005

From the Comments

Steve commented, in my last post, that The Baton Rouge Area Foundation is accepting donations to help hurricane victims.
People are WALKING from the flood area to Baton Rouge--which is a 90-minute car ride away.
I was remembering, this morning, the time I visited Louisiana. I was a college student, and I participated in a Campus Ministry convention. I think it was held in January 1985, and Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA hosted. 8 students from northeastern-Pennsylvania colleges, including me, drove down in a borrowed van, on New Year's Eve (I still can't believe my parents let me do this!) One afternoon the whole convention was bused to New Orleans for a field trip to the French Quarter--quite the eye-opener for a bunch of Catholic Campus Ministry students!
On a road trip like that, you see how people are really living. You see the tiny homes by the sides of the road. I'm sure those homes aren't there anymore. There were so many people who already had so little. I have heard people say that "everyone should have gotten out" and while there may be room to criticize those who really had a choice to stay or go, there were SO many people who had nowhere to escape to, and no means to get there.
I read this morning that Nicholls State is sheltering more than 1000 evacuees on their campus.
Please pray for God's blessing on the evacuees, and on those who help them, and please help as you are able.

1 comment:

Steve said...

God bless you Barb!
My Brother in law informed me that the Population of Baton Rouge has grown by 100,000 in the past five days due to all the evacuees.. Oh yeah,I am no longer using the term
"refugees"; as I made a woman from New Orleans cry before Mass today when I said that...I had no idea she was from N.O. and I didnt mean anything bad by it, but still....