Saturday, September 03, 2005

Bringing Hurricane Refugees to Anacortes and LaConner.

Bringing Hurricane Refugees to Anacortes and LaConner. Calculating it this way by proportions. If Houston, with a population of close to 2,000,000 can host 25,000 refugees from the disaster in New Orleans, then Anacortes with a population of 15, 000 can host about 100 refugees, And LaConner, with a population of less than 1,000, can host about 6 or 7.

So what do you say? It’s time to step up to the plate and do your best. We can afford it. We have the resources. These folks from New Orleans aren’t going home until at least Thanksgiving. The only difference between Anacortes and Houston, as far as helping the refugees, is the price of a plane ticket.

These two families, one in our area and one in Portland, Oregon, have already offered their homes. They posted this offer at a volunteer clearing site.

FREE airfare for 4, room/board and help job-seeking. Loving family of 2 will welcome 4 Katrina refugees with open arms. Share our 4 bdrm 2ba 2 fireplace house in beautiful Washington State. We live walking distance to grammar and high schools, shopping and bus line. I will personally loan you my car to job search, work or anything else you need. FREE high-speed cable and phone to locate your family or seek further help. CALL anytime! Renelle 360-256-0701 home 360-213-4335 cell 503-251-6290 office Godspeed and care be with you

Free airplane tickets (1, 2?) & free room & board for 1/couple/mother & child in Lesbian home. We are offering 1-2 rooms in our 2,500 sq.ft. home on double lot here in Portland for up to a 120-day stay. We offer access to a large supportive community to help get you back on your feet. Must be GLB friendly & like dogs & cats.

You can post your offer of help at this site, the Houston Chronicle

No sense to be sitting and watching the TV and wringing your hands and wondering why things aren’t working – much better to do something about it. Act, don’t complain. It’s true that some people and some government agencies didn’t get there in time, but we can do all the blaming later. First we have to get these families settled.

People in LaConner ought to especially sensitive, where we live at sea level surrounded by dikes – it could happen here.

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