September 08, 2005

Don't Say NO to New Orleans

It's a tragedy through and through, devastating in it's enormity but to my mind it is at least questionable whether or not New Orleans flooding is a natural catastrophe or a man-made one. After all, at the most basic level, it was man who created New Orleans, but worst of all, it was Bush who deliberately with held the necessary funds that all knew were absolutely essential to prevent this sort of levee breaching.

However, blame must be laid later, this is no time to fight over who did what and when and why and who shoulda done what and when and why, there are people in terrible need. I know that those of us with schizophrenia feel that we have nothing to contribute to the world because of our illness, but we do.

We can still do something to help out, even if it's volunterring at your local armory to help receive donated goods or collect cans of food for your local food pantry. They are ways to help your local community too, which will be stressed to the max because of the enormously high gas prices. Drive three to a car instead of alone. Pick up your friends on a rotating basis when you go to the clubhouse. Maybe you could get together and pool money to buy underwear for the people in those horrible shelters. I hear they are looking for socks and undies esp. Women, how hould you feel if you had to go without a box of tampons on "those days"? As a group, as individuals, if you help just one person, you have done something big because you have given to someone outside of yourselves and it will give you self esteem galore.

To those of you who have $7-10 to spare, and can get on the internet, theres a great COBY JR RADIO at that price that takes 2 D batteries and has gotten rave reviews. Look them up at JR MUSIC I think, or Amazon, which will shunt you right there and take you right through the buying process. (the more you buy the lower the shipping costs. For just one it is ridiculous...)I ordered 15, bought 15 4-packs of D batteries and taped the batteries securely to the boxes then brought them to the state armory for free shipment to the central distribution centers in N.O. where they'll know best how to use them. Even one radio is better than none. But try to include at least 2 batteries cuz they will be in short supply. Go ahead, my friends, get out of your heads, lift yourself from your own pain for a moment and know that others are suffering now too and they need YOUR help.

Won't you answer the call?

Posted by pamwagg at September 8, 2005 03:10 PM


how good that some people don't whine about what the government won't/didn't do; how good that some people care, give, and feel for themselves...thank you for encouraging us to give from our heart, which makes life worth living.

Posted by: marilyn at September 18, 2005 08:28 PM

Dear Pam,

You are so right. All of us are capable of helping and contributing. Like you said it doesn't have to be expensive and large... just tackle one need for someone else...the world would be a better place if we remembered to do that every single day.


Posted by: Moeder at September 10, 2005 10:09 PM

Dear Pam,
As usual, you are always concerned with the welfare of others. More importantly, you have actively used that concern to give advice to others on how they can help people who are far more needy than many victims of schizophrenia are at this point. I applaud you on your proactive stand, the concrete contribution you have already made, and for your appeal to your readers to do the same. You are a role model for all of us.

Posted by: Paula Kirkpatrick at September 8, 2005 09:47 PM

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