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Darrell Lawrence
09-02-2005, 11:44 PM
Hurricane Katrina may have delivered the worst natural disaster to the shores of the United States in its history. We’ve all seen the pictures of the utter devastation, the houses under water, the dead, the towns and villages in its path reduced to splintered rubble, indeed wiped from the face of the earth. Even the too-recent Indonesian tsunami did not deliver this level of destruction – or this level of human suffering and need.

The people of Louisiana and Mississippi need our help. People are still dying. They need food, shelter, medicine, clothing – and they need hope. It will be weeks, even months before any semblance of normalcy returns to the area. Years, perhaps, before all is made as it was before.

We are proudly joining with these sites and organizations, and individuals in issuing the call to all fans of science fiction to contribute all they can, and contribute it now. We urge you to give to the organization of your choice, specifying “Hurricane Katrina Relief” on your donation. We urge you to check with your employer about matching contributions; many companies will match the charitable contributions of their employees.

“Let the word go forth, to every man, woman and child…”

We are:

3D Gladiators (http://www.3dgladiators.com). Colonial Fleets (http://www.colonialfleets.com). The Cylon Alliance (http://www.cylon.org). LauretteSpang.com (http://www.laurettespang.com). DirkBenedictCentral.com (http://www.dirkbenedictcentral.com). The Colonial Fan Force (http://www.colonialfanforce.org). Battlestar Galactica Club (http://www.battlestargalacticaclub.com). SciFiPulse.net (http://www.SciFiPulse.net). BattlestarGalactica.com (http://www.battlestargalactica.com). AllGalactica.com (http://www.allgalactica.com). Stallion Cornell’s Moist Board (http://www.stallioncornell.com/board/index.php).

Links for contributions:

American Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org), 1-800-435-7669, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013

Mercy Corps (http://www.mercycorps.org), P.O. Box 2669, Portland, OR 97208 (800) 852-2100

Catholic Charities USA (http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org), 1-800-919-9338, Hurricane Katrina, P.O. Box 25168, Alexandria, VA 22313-9788

Northwest Medical Teams (http://www.nwmti.org), 14150 SW Milton Ct., Tigard, OR 97224 (800) 959-HEAL (4325) or (503) 624-1000

Christian Contractors Association (http://www.ccaministry.org), 1-800-278-7703, 2009 S Broad St., Brooksville, FL 34604

Church World Service (http://www.churchworldservice.org), 1-800-297-1516, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN, 46515

Convoy of Hope (http://www.convoyofhope.org), 1-417-823-8998, 330 S Patterson, Springfield, MO 65802.

Episcopal Relief and Development/U.S. Hurricane Relief Fund (http://www.er-d.org), 1-800-334-7626, ext. 5129, P.O. Box 12043, Newark, NJ, 07101-5043

Florida Baptist Convention, 1-800-226-8584, Attention: Baptist Men's Department, Hurricane Disaster Relief, 1230 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32207

Florida Conference United Church of Christ, 407-835-7501, 924 N. Magnolia Ave., Suite 250, Orlando, FL 32803.

Islamic Circle of North America (http://www.icna.org), 166-26, 89th Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11432. 718-658-7028

Lutheran Disaster Response (http://www.elca.org), 1-800-638-3522, 8765 W. Higgins Road, Chicago, IL 60631

Mennonite Disaster Service (http://www.mds.mennonite.net), 717-859-2210, 1018 Main St. Akron, PA 17501

Presbyterian Church (http://www.pcusa.org), 1-800-872-3283, Attention: PCUSA, Individual Remittance Processing, P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15624-3700. Write on check: #000169

Salvation Army (http://www.salvationarmyusa.org), 1-800-725-2769, Salvation Army Headquarters, P.O. Box 269, Alexandria, VA 22313. If you send a check, note "Katrina Disaster relief"

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (http://www.namb.net/dr), 770-410-6133, P.O. Box 116543, Atlanta, GA 30368-6543. If you send a check, make it payable to North American Mission Board.

United Way (http://www.uwtb.org), Tampa Bay 813-274-0900 or 727-535-3545, 1000 N. Ashley Drive Suite 800, Tampa, FL, 33602