John Kerry sent out an email to the members of JohnKerry.com appealing for help for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Here’s the text:
This is a time for all Americans to pull together and do everything we can to assist people whose lives have been devastated by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.
If you haven’t acted already, I urge you to join in delivering immediate help to the people who need it most. One way to do that is to support the relief and recovery efforts of the Red Cross with a personal donation. Donate to the Red Cross.
P.S. There are a host of other volunteer relief agencies doing essential life-saving work in this emergency. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which is coordinating the federal government’s response efforts, has posted a list of recommended groups on its website.
“Hurricane Katrina devastated significant portions of the Gulf Coast and disrupted millions of lives but she didn’t and couldn’t destroy the spirit of endurance, bravery, generosity and compassion we have been witnessing during the relief and rescue operations. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the citizens of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama as they struggle with the aftermath of this devastating storm, and to their loved ones and families viewing the disturbing photos coming out of the region. Now is the time for all of us to come together to help the evacuees, refugees and survivors and rebuild the communities that have lost so much.
“While it is heartbreaking to see the loss and destruction families are facing, it has been inspiring to see the commitment of people across state lines as they work to make things better for those who are suffering. We also would like to commend the brave men and women who are leading the rescue operations; from emergency service officers to health care professionals to the power and water teams working around the clock to save lives. Mayors, sheriffs, governors, and countless federal, state and local workers and volunteers have demonstrated incredible dedication and leadership.
“We know that many Americans want to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina as they rebuild their lives. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which is responsible for coordinating relief efforts, announced that the best way to help rescue and relief efforts is to donate to volunteer relief agencies so they can help more people.
“America is united strongly behind the people of the Gulf Coast and from that unity we draw strength. Thank you for your support for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.” – John Kerry and Teresa Heinz Kerry
More information on donating to the Red Cross and other organizations: The Gulf Coast Needs Help and Hope
Large list of organizations accepting donations: Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Info