Thursday, September 01, 2005

A Commitment to Help

What has happened along America’s Gulf Coast is tragic and devastating beyond words. That sad fact does not stop the political opportunists from exploiting any event for their own selfish purposes. The pathetic drivel being spewed by the left in the face of so much suffering and loss is beneath contempt, and it will not advance their negative agenda.

Americans know that this is not the appropriate time for such harmful partisan nonsense. Now is the time to put all of our national energies and resources into helping our fellow citizens get out from under the heels of this terrible crisis and up on their feet again.

If you prefer to be part of the solution in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, rather than throwing more polluted water onto the victims via a torrent of bitter words, choose a good charity and support it faithfully. As this disaster is epic in its proportions, ongoing support from Americans is necessary for many months, probably years.

I invite you to research the long list of worthy charitable organizations, and choose one or more that you feel will be a trustworthy steward of your donations. Make a commitment to send a certain amount that you will be comfortable with for a long period of time. Then send a regularly scheduled check, or donate online, as you pay your monthly bills.

I have chosen to split my donations between Catholic Charities 2005 Hurricane Relief Fund and Soldiers’ Angels Operation Katrina Soldiers Relief Fund.

Catholic Charities, founded in 1910, will be a vital force in the redevelopment of the ravaged region. As noted on their website:

Catholic Charities USA is the membership association of one of the nation's largest social service networks. Catholic Charities agencies and institutions nationwide provide vital social services to people in need, regardless of their religious, social, or economic backgrounds. Catholic Charities USA supports and enhances the work of its membership by providing networking opportunities, national advocacy and media efforts, program development, training and technical assistance, and financial support.

Regular readers of this blog know that Soldiers’ Angels is a cherished organization of mine. The Angels have set up this special fund to assist our troops and their families whose homes are located in Hurricane Katrina’s afflicted areas.

Our troops sacrifice so much for us at home. May each of us find it in our hearts to give a small measure of support back to them, in this time of unprecedented need.