Tuesday, September 13, 2005

The Big Buddy Program

Helping the Children after the Hurricane

You've probably already read or at least heard about the 6 children (all under the age of 4) wandering around New Orleans latched onto their 6-year-old leader. I was so unbelievably touched by the story and by the unflagging efforts of a grassroots organization out of Baton Rouge called "The Big Buddy Program" that worked so tirelessly to reunite these children with their family members that I wanted to pass some information on to you.

Unlike the Red Cross or the Salvation Army, already inundated and no longer accepting in-kind donations (only monetary at this point), the Big Buddy Program, which deals directly with so many of these displaced children, literally on a one-on-one basis, is in need of exactly that. And if you're anything like me, you don't just want to write a check to some random umbrella organization in the vain hopes that your hard-earned dollars will make it into the hands of the people who need it most (although I really do have faith most days that it does). But I wanted to feel -- truly needed to feel -- as though MY specific donation, MY individual assistance was actually going to help someone TOMORROW. And I honestly do believe this is the group that can do that.

So, if you're at all able (and willing, of course), please donate goods, particularly children's clothes, toys, toiletries, and even pet supplies to:
Bethany King
Big Buddy Program
1415 Main Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
I'd like to thank blogamy.com for posting this information on her site and providing me with some small sense of relief and utility once I finally stumbled upon it.

Please also recall that you can still be a vital part of the relief effort by providing housing assistance to those in need at www.hurricanehousing.org.

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