Happy Labor Day
Following the lead of Naaman, we've registered our house with Operation Share Your Home. I said we'd take a family with rowdy kids.
The Truth Laid Bear is tracking the blogosphere's fundraising efforts for Katrina victims. There are 1723 blogs participating, including ours. If you have a blog, please add yours, and if you are a reader, please take a minute to make a donation to Catholic Charities, our designated charity. (They've received a little more than $95,000 so far through the blogosphere.)
Then, register your donation here..
It's important to donate generously and sacrificially during this time. The disaster-relief groups plan what they are able to commit to based on the dollars flowing in now.
Here's the letter I received from Catholic Charities:
I want to thank you for your contribution of [ ] towards Catholic Charities USA’s 2005 Hurricane Relief Fund to support our recovery efforts to Hurricane Katrina.
While local Catholic Charities agencies along the Gulf Coast anticipate that they will be asked to provide some type of emergency assistance in their communities, Catholic Charities’ niche in disaster relief is to provide long-term recovery work. Based on past disasters, possible long-term services that our agencies may provide include temporary and permanent housing, direct assistance beyond food and water to get people back into their homes, job placement counseling, and medical and prescription drug assistance.
Commissioned by the U.S. Catholic bishops to represent the Catholic community in times of domestic disaster, Catholic Charities USA connects the Church’s social service agencies and disaster planning offices across the nation. We are extremely grateful for friends like you who enable us to help local agencies as they serve their communities.
Please join us in our prayers for the victims and families during this difficult time. Thank you again.