Many of you have asked for an update on MrZ’s family in Slidell, LA. We really haven’t had much to give, seeing as how the city has been (and still is) off the grid for 48 hours. No power, no phones, no internet. Luckily, we received word this morning that the one uncle who stayed to weather the storm HAS been seen. Up until last night, his wife and the rest of the family were in a frenzy because no one had heard from him. No one has talked to him yet, but word is he’s out there, and in reality? That’s all that matters.
Now, MrZ’s grandparents, 2 aunts, and a couple of cousins all live in Slidell. His grandparents are now in Atlanta with MrZ’s mom and her sister. HIs grandmother requires a lot of assistance as she is a stroke victim, so the two sisters have taken over the duties that her nurse usually does. This was, of course, no big deal for a few days. However, now it looks like they may not be able to go back home for as much as 12 weeks. And that could be BEST case scenario. She can not go that long without medical attention/therapy/nursing care – so the family is crossing that hurdle the best they can.
Meanwhile, the two aunts and multiple cousins have not heard about the status of their homes, as far as we know. For all they know, the homes are gone. But even if they are not gone, there is no power, no phones, no sewage, so when do you go home when that is what’s waiting for you? Everyone is grateful that it looks like they all survived, but now? Is the hard part. What do you rebuild? How do you get news from an area that is disconnected? Its just a lot for one family to handle, and there are hundreds and thousands of these stories emerging from the gulf as we sit here with our lights, our flushable toilets, and our glasses of clean water.
I do not know of any major city in the south that is not trying to have SOME sort of relief effort. Food Lion (grocery store, we don’t have them) is sponsoring efforts, Syndicated Radio shows are taking collections in Birmingham, Charlotte, and Chattanooga. At some point in time this weekend, SOMEone SOMEwhere near you will be collecting water and food and diapers and batteries. Please, if you can, spend 5 dollars on a case of water or a pack of diapers and take it to one of the donations centers. If you can not? Donate to the Red Cross. At times like this? Physical donations of supplies may be helpful FASTER than money, but in reality? Just give what you can. And if you can’t give at all? Then just stop a moment and be thankful for what you have. Give your loved ones a hug and tell them how much you love them. Hold them close, for there are many people here who do not have that luxury right now.
If you know of a donation center in your town – email it to me, or leave the comment here. I need the where, the when, and the WHAT should they bring. I will keep a list of them on my front page so people can check back and see if there is anything in their town they can help out with.
You all came through for the Tsunami victims. These victims now? Are our family. Our friends. Our brothers, sisters, and grandparents. We are all affected by this tragedy somehow. Please, help, if you can.