I Gave to the Red Cross Tonight

While the Republicans continue their preparations to exploit Hurricane Gustav to the fullest (and are no doubt privately disappointed that the storm is not as severe as some predicted), their cynical ploy is rooted in a basic truth: many people will lose their possessions as a result of this storm, and some will lose their lives.  Whether relief efforts are sincere or are part of a grand political stunt, that relief is sorely needed.

I had not really focused on the need to donate until today, when I received a text message from the Obama campaign soliciting donations to the Red Cross (I guess that that VP text message database served a greater purpose after all).  Sure, I had intended to donate, but it was not at the forefront of my mind.  Because of that simple reminder, though, I logged on and made a donation earlier this evening.  

Anyway, while we criticize the Republicans for politicizing a national tragedy, it seemed to me that we would not be much better if we limited ourselves to criticism alone.  The fact is that there are real people out there who need help, and we Democrats pride ourselves on lending a helping hand.  Therefore, I encourage those who are so inclined to donate to the Red Cross or to the relief agency of your choice.  Let's show that we too are "putting on our American hats," as the Republicans would have it, to help fellow citizens in need.  The below link aggregates links to relief agencies in the affected states.

http://www.barackobama.com/splash/aid.ht ml

Tags: Gustav, Red Cross (all tags)

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Re: I Gave to the Red Cross Tonight

I got the text, too, and sent $5 to the Red Cross

by dannybauder 2008-09-01 08:52PM | 0 recs
Re: I Gave to the Red Cross Tonight

It's nice that our side can quietly go about doing these things without finding a need to turn it into a photo op.

by rfahey22 2008-09-01 08:58PM | 0 recs
Re: I Gave to the Red Cross Tonight

Me too.

by lockewasright 2008-09-01 10:26PM | 0 recs
Re: I Gave to the Red Cross Tonight

I gave to The Red Cross tonight as well as a result of being requested by the Obama campaign. I'm certain the request went out to everyone on Obama's e-mail lists.

by Jeter 2008-09-01 09:45PM | 0 recs
Good!

Same here.

I diaried on this earlier today.  If anyone wants to see the text message & email they're in the diary.  I've also included Time's coverage of Barack's Milwaukee speech (and extensive excerpts).  Jay Newton-Small, who's been covering him for 19 months, says it's as good as she's ever heard him:

http://www.mydd.com/story/2008/9/1/18261 1/4076

by January 20 2008-09-01 10:25PM | 0 recs
Re: Good!

Sorry about that - I didn't see your diary earlier!

by rfahey22 2008-09-01 10:50PM | 0 recs
Re: Good!

No problem, it didn't really get any traction at all.  I'm glad to see this & any more that will remind the DD'rs.

by January 20 2008-09-01 11:03PM | 0 recs
Re: I Gave to the Red Cross Tonight

Really classy splash ad as well. The guy is a winner.

by Jeter 2008-09-02 12:32AM | 0 recs
Re: I Gave to the Red Cross Tonight

The thing that really bothers me is that Hanna is coming and may once again pose a threat. Why does FEMA still not have a plan. Why did McCain visit Haley Barbour, anyway?

by Jeter 2008-09-02 12:34AM | 0 recs
Re: I Gave to the Red Cross Tonight

I gave $20 to the Red Cross yesterday.  And I've been encouraging everyone out there to donate what they can; come on, people, if you can afford the $5, the $10 or $20, do it.  

People need this help NOT just for Gustav but the dozens of other disasters big and small around the nation.

by fbihop 2008-09-02 12:55AM | 0 recs
Re: I Gave to the Red Cross Tonight

I responded to the email I got from the campaign but I had a problem. I clicked on the button in the email and it took me to a special page for Gustav which had a button which took me to the barackobama.com front page but when I hit the Gustav donate button it took me to the Gustav page the email had taken me to originally. It was in some kind of loop that didn't take you to where you could donate.

I finally found the Red Cross link in the bo.com blog about Gustav and donated $100. I hope though, that anyone else who tried to donate through the campaign email didn't just give up. It was a little annoying.

by figgy 2008-09-02 01:48AM | 0 recs
Re: I Gave to the Red Cross Tonight

Hey that's funny, I gave a 100 dollars tonight too.  

Great organization, great cause.

by mydailydrunk 2008-09-03 06:26AM | 0 recs
by econom25 2008-10-10 04:37PM | 0 recs

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