Ideas on assisting in the relief effort without going in person. Much can be done without leaving your house. Give those affected by disaster some hope, and use some of these ideas to help them.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Habitat Restore Letter

Please go to www.habitat.org/local. You will find a link there to help you locate your state's "Re-stores" to email this letter to. Since much of what they sell at these stores is what is needed to rebuild and restore the Gulf Region, it only makes sense to donate even just a portion of those goods to the affected areas.

Did you know it's close to 300 counties that were affected? Imagine that kind of destruction on that level anywhere in the world without massive national assistance. It would be impossible.

To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing on behalf of Hancock County and the entire Gulf Region for sustained assistance through your Habitat For Humanity “Re-Store”.

By donating a portion of the building supplies to church groups or other organizations in your area that are assisting in the hurricane ravaged Gulf, you are assisting them in ways that are immeasurable. All too often, rebuilding efforts are stalled for lack of building supplies that cost 2-3 times the national average.

Warehouses and storage facilities exist if the supplies you send cannot be used immediately. However, since most groups communicate with each other while in the region, the materials will not likely find their way to storage.

While you may not physically be able to assist as a group or an individual, donating portions of your Re-Store supplies will be of far more assistance than you can fathom.

Suggested donations that are easiest to transport:
Toilets – old or new
Plumbing supplies
Wiring – all gauges
Outlets, junction boxes, wire nuts, etc.
Light fixtures
Architectural Grade Shingles
Safety Supplies (masks, goggles, gloves, hearing protection, etc.)

Obviously, all materials are needed. But knowing space is limited in any organization’s caravan to the affected region, the best approach is to take the most of what fits.

If you have any questions regarding this request, please contact me at your earliest convenience.

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.



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