- (A letter from Ed Watson and Rob Hopkins)
Fellow Barbershoppers, humanitarians and friends,
Our hearts go out to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, the natural
disaster that struck the coasts of Louisiana and Mississippi,
leaving utter devastation in its wake. Relief efforts are under
way, and there will be much to do over the next few months.
We are heartened that there have been many inquiries by our
membership as to what we can do to aid all the unfortunate victims.
While the law limits what we can do as an organization, there is no
limit to the aid and assistance we can render as individuals.
As time passes, the requirements for aid will change. Rebuilding
efforts will take a while to develop; in the near term, we urge each
of you to search your conscience and do what you are able as an
individual to immediately assist those in distress. While many
would like to donate clothing, shelter, and tangible assets, the
biggest need right now is for monetary donations to the American Red
Cross and similar agencies trained to give immediate and effective
help. (See links below.) Please check carefully the agencies you use
for donations, and stick with those known for reputable disaster
Those of you closer to the devastation may have the opportunity for
more hands-on efforts. Check with your local relief agencies.
Over time, as the rescue efforts become better organized, donations
of time and talents to effective fund raisers and telethons may be
possible. Perhaps a portion of show proceeds may be donated.
Voluntary appearances and fund raising shows are an effective way to
get money to relief agencies. Blood drives are certainly a good way
to get what is needed to those who need it. Check with your
districts and look for ideas from your fellow barbershoppers. As we
hear good ideas from you, we will pass them along.
Barbershoppers are a most generous and kind group of life-loving
folk. We are proud to be members of this organization. We will
continue to help, in the most effective way possible, the victims of
this most recent natural tragedy in the weeks and months ahead.
Rob Hopkins, President
Ed Watson, Executive Director
Disaster Relief Agencies:
American Red Cross: www.redcross.org or call your local office
Salvation Army: www.salvationarmyusa.org/USNSAHome.htm or call 1-800-
FEMA List of Charities That Are Helping Locally: www.fema.gov