My entry for Love Thursday is a little bit of community love in honor of the people of the Gulf Coast, who one year ago had their lives turned upside down by wind and rain and government ineptitude. Last year, our local parents' group held a bake sale for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, and this is what it looked like (well, about half of it--most of the stuff didn't fit into the picture). We had hundreds and hundreds of donations of baked goods from families and businesses throughout the Bay Area, and in the end, raised $22,000 for the American Red Cross. Every cookie and every cake was made with one extra-special ingredient--love.
The people, and especially the children, of the Gulf Coast, are still in need, and yet we have become complacent, moved on, no longer remember since it is yesterday's news. I spent Wednesday evening watching Spike Lee's When the Levees Broke, a moving documentary about Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. I came away from it thinking, "What else can we do?"
In honor of Love Thursday and the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, I would like to send out a little love to schools in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana by asking you to make a donation to Donors Choose. St. Tammany Parish is the school district that Jill Asher and I visited last year when we took a truckload of donated items to Louisiana that were lovingly donated and collected by our local community. Donors Choose takes specific requests for supplies and classroom equipment from teachers all over the country and sends the things directly to the classroom. Click here to Fund my Registry at DonorsChoose.
Can you help? You can make a donation through my registry, or if you are a blogger, sign up to be part of the Bloggers Choose Challenge and enlist your readers, friends, and family.
As Mother Teresa said, "In life, we can do not great things. We can only do small things with great love." Do this one small thing and show your love for our friends in the Gulf Coast.
One more thing...on September 2, 1996, Frank and I were married. It's been the best ten years of my life, and I'm looking forward to fifty or sixty more...(which would make us old, really, really old). I'm making a donation in honor of Frank, the love of my life!