I Gave to the Red Cross Tonight
by rfahey22, Mon Sep 01, 2008 at 08:19:26 PM EDT
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.