As four days of blogburst fundraising comes to a close, the amount collected via the 1,791 participating blogs is more than $1,079,000, an amount that will no doubt continue to rise as folks continue to find the varuious appeals listed and publicized by Glenn, and/or record their donations at NZ Bear’s place.
Thanks to NZ and Instapundit for their extraordinary commitment. NZ tells me that by mid-week the new portal matching needs with abilities will be up and ready to serve.
Here’s an example of why that portal is necessary. My friend Todd Sousa has a mountain of offers of the sorts of stuff needed in Houston and other places, including transportation assisatnce. So he called various shelters in Houston and discovered that kids’ stuff –diapers, formula, bottles, little kids underwear, pacifiers etc.– were in short or sometimes zero supply, so he’s directed his effort at collecting that stuff. Now he needs a church or a parachurch agency where he can deliver the stuff who will then distribute to the various shelters. If you know of the perfect church/parachurch agency willing to have Todd’s shipment roll up to their doors and then distribute, let me know. You can visit his website at www.hurricanekatrinakidsrelief.org. If you’d like to help, send him a check as well.
The new portal will make it much easier for the country to do much more than donate dollars, though that is a crucial and absolutely necessary part of the relief effort
Just as important, however, is the knitting together of long-term relationships between those in need of assistance in the recovery. You Big Mouth, You! is doing a tremendous job keeping track of the outpouring of assistance from Americans to Americans. It is a huge outpouring, and it will grow larger and larger.
But if we can bring some ability to match need and ability to the internet, the first week’s donations will be dwarfed by the first month’s, and the first month’s by the first year’s.
Ed Brenager is matching PCUSA congregations with other PCUSA congregations, and this is just the start. (Ed also notes that Tim McCalmont, Senior Pastor, Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, in Southern California is seeking information about the Presbyterian Church in Slidell, Louisiana. Help him out if you can.)