Hi all, On the thread about Katrina the question was asked how to help. This may be 'inappropriate' to put on this board however, the question was asked and the need is so great. Naturally, the Red Cross is in need of monetary donations. As of today, the numbers were we are sheltering 42,000 people and have served 63,000 meals in shelters, fixed feeding sites and sending out over 600 mobile feeding vehicles into neighborhoods. These numbers are expected to only increase over the next days and weeks. Based on numbers and calls we received through the Call Center today, we are expecting well over an additional 100,000 evacuees now in motels who will be out of funds and will need sheltering in the next couple of days. All of this is done through donor dollars. The number to donate is 800-HELP NOW. Volunteering - THERE IS A DESPERATE NEED!!!! Shelters will most likely be opening in states and areas far from the disaster zone where evacuees are having to leave motels. Many of you may live in areas where shelters will be opening for them. Houston is one of the big evacuee areas. There are a load of functions that need to be filled from working in the shelters to working behind the scenes in support functions. If you are interested in volunteering, check with your local Red Cross chapter. Experience is not being required at this time. Crash courses are being offered. And, supervisers are always at hand to answer any questions. If you are able to go to where help is needed, the Red Cross pays your way there and back and feeds and shelters you while there. They are looking for 2-3 week committments. I can't begin to express the soul fulfillment working on disasters has given me over the years. It can truly be long hard work and, yes, I have come home and gone right into a flare on occassion. However, I have never regretted it once.