From John Kerry’s Journal on his Senate website:
Yesterday, I traveled to Louisiana to deliver emergency supplies to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Thanks to generous contributions from many Massachusetts-based and national corporations, a 757-jet was sent full of food, water, children’s shoes, toiletries and other emergency items for the people of the Gulf Coast. The jet — donated by the UPS for the relief flight — took off from Logan airport and arrived in Lafayette, Louisiana, where the goods were loaded up and distributed to centers in New Iberia (near Lafayette) and Baker (near Baton Rouge). The UPS said the payload of the plane was 48,000 pounds.
I delivered one truckload of supplies to the emergency distribution center in Baker. There I helped distribute the supplies, spent time with the hurricane victims, and assisted workers and volunteers at the center’s food bank. I also made a stop at a relief shelter based at the Bethany World Prayer Center, also in Baker. Before traveling back to D.C., I met with Governor Blanco at the Office of Emergency Preparedness in Baton Rouge. I discussed the relief efforts with Governor Blanco and pledged my continued, long-term support to the people of her state and all those in the Gulf Coast affected by this tragedy.
UPDATE: From John Kerry’s Press Office — “I should note that Senator Kerry reached out to the relief agencies and the Senators from the affected states and are doing what they say is needed most and will continue help. That’s where the list of needed supplies came from.”
Here is a transcript of Senator Trent Lott speaking on the Senate floor on Tuesday, September 6:
“I want to thank, since I’m in the Senate, I want to begin by thanking my colleagues. So many of my colleagues have sent messages, have called my office, have gotten through to me and have made huge efforts to try to express their concerns. I don’t want to belabor this point, but one of the calls was from Senator Kerry from Massachusetts. He said he and Teresa had been worrying about my wife Tricia and me and could they help? I said, you bet you, here’s what we need. He said, “Well, where do we land?” I told him. I said don’t worry about distribution. You let us know when to land, and we’ll pick it up and distribute it. That story can be told hundreds of time over from friends and people you don’t even know, Republicans, Democrats, people from Michigan, Illinois, it makes no difference.”