Sunday, September 4, 2005

Observing Labor Day

Here it is, Labor Day.  A day our country made into a national holiday in 1894!  It's a day to celebrate all those that have worked so hard to make our country so strong.  On this Labor Day my family and I are continuing to box up supplies to ship to those in need.  Pictured to the left are two more boxes containing crochet & knit supplies along with some Yarn Tails T-shirts that will be shipped tomorrow.

I've received emails from people stating that what my family is doing to help the survivors of the Hurricane is wonderful.  They state that they wish they could do something too but haven't the money to do so.  So, I thought I'd share my thoughts on that:

You do not need money in order to help:

  • If you are religious, pray. Pray for all of those that still may be trapped. Pray that they are rescued in time.
  • Give blood. Do it today, tomorrow, or next week. Blood is always needed.
  • Become a volunteer at your local Red Cross or Salvation Army chapter. A few hours here or there helps quite a bit!
  • Create something with your crochet/knit/cross stitch/needle point/quilting talents! Baby blankets, bibs ... or create something larger and put it up for auction on Ebay. They have an option there for auctions looking to raise funds for different charities!
  • If you're local to where they're housing many of the survivors, consider becoming a "Big Sister, Big Brother" to the many children in the area.  Giving your time can be just as valuable as giving money.  :)

    I'm sure there are other ways in which to offer help, these are just a few off the top of my head.  If you have more ideas, please feel free to post them here.

    This Labor Day, do something to help reflect why this nation's citizens rock when we pull together!  Let it be the day that celebrates not just the "... strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations..." but also of all of those that are laboring, in one way or another, to help all those desperately in need. 
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    Update: 9/7/05: Wave 2 to Hurricane Katrina survivors has been received! (Last night I hand-delivered Wave 3 to a local drop off center where I learned that Connecticut will be welcoming many hundreds of the survivors to the New Haven area)

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