Why didn't the rest of the country respond this way?

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  1. TexasSky

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    Our mayor got a call from our Governor saying, "Can you take some of these people?"
    Our mayor said, "Send them, and any others you need."
    We went from a request to house 35 to housing 1,500 and are still making room for more.
    Hours later the city council met with community leaders and the reports make me very proud.

    "I can provide 20,000 meals with our agency resources, and I've taken the liberty of contacting some local business men who are providing more."

    From the school district, "We are looking into opening a school at the center, and are prepared to admit the children without the normal paperwork requirements. Our goal is to get their lives back to normal as quickly as possible."

    "Please tell people that yes, we want their clothing, but hang onto them for a few days until we get the folks settled in."

    "We've been overwhelmed with calls from people excited about helping. Can we set up an office to direct these people so that they can help."

    "The Chamber met and we are prepared to provide financial assistance, of course, but we've already a few refugees contact us about assistance in finding work. We want the council to know that the business community is going to focus on finding employment for these people so they will be able to start on with their new lives."

    Why didn't other governors pick up the phones and personally tap people on the shoulder?
     
  2. El_Guero

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    Texas,

    Which city is helping out the 1500?

    Wayne
     
  3. TexasSky

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    El Guero,

    It is Lubbock. We're so far away we didn't expect to be called on, but we're glad we were. We have a closed air base here that the city uses for a lot of other things. It has base housing and things.

    The news tonight said that Texas is taking in 150,000.

    The Astrodome has about 13,000, Dallas and Austin and San Antonio are taking about 25,000 each. Beaumont is taking some of them. They're scattering them all over the state. The governor is from around here, and the President grew up just a few hours away from here.
     
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    Our church was told by the Oklahoma Southern Baptist relief effort that clothing is not wanted and it has actually gotten in the way in the logistics of getting food and water into the hurricane area.

    Has anybody else heard this? or have things changed.
     
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    It's the people that make this nation great, not the government.
    Rush quote (loose)
     
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    that's just awesome. I'm really proud of how some states have stepped up, whether it's refugee relief help or helping with it's own citizens' future problems by nixing state gasoline taxes until this is resolved.

    I'm up in Ohio, so I don't think we'll get many of the refugees, but I'm going to see what the local churches are going to do for donations of food & clothing.

    hillclimber, that certainly sounds like something Rush would say, and I completely agree with him on that matter.
     
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    I'm not sure about other places, but here in Houston, we're swamped. There is a big need for clothing, most especially underwear and socks. Just sending stuff is not as helpful, since there are not enough volunteers to process the stuff. They won't let people drive by and drop off things, since that takes valuable volunteers to process it. There is a large need for volunteers. So if you don't have any evacuees in your area, contact a church in Houston, or just give money to the Red Cross or Salvation Army.

    Besides the evacuees you see on TV, there are thousands more in hotels all over Texas and the south, and they are quickly running out of money.
     
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    Arkansas is and has been helping these people since it happened in all the ways listed above and then some.

    Joseph Botwinick
     
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    We've got several hundred people coming to our small town. Area churches are working in conjuntion with Caring Hearts Ministries.
     
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    Joseph,

    I heard that Arkansas and Georgia are about to buckle under the load, but they aren't complaining, so my hats are definately off to these wonderful people.
     
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    Last night NBC's cable network carried the story of a Christian man who loaded up a van full of water, ice, and food from his local stores, drove it down to New Orleans himself and started going door-to-door checking for people who were still inside damanged homes.

    He found one couple where the man had passed away and the wife had written notes on the wall telling people how to contact her family if she were to be found deceased. He helped her move the body outside, and held a funeral service for her.

    When they asked the reporter what agency he was with the reporter said, "None. He is just a private citizen who said Christ would have wanted him to do this."
     
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    Praise the Lord for this man of God!
     
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    Many people came to Tennessee before the storm hit. Here in Jackson churches have opened their doors and in Memphis, the Mayor has offered the colisieum, kids are being enrolled in schools, churchs are helping feed many who are staying in motels and with private families. I don't believe the media is getting the word out about how much help is being given by neighboring states. They would rather focus on what's going on in New Orleans than all the good thats being done.
     
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    I wondered about Tennessee. I just assumed that was where the majority of the SBC people who arrived came from.
     
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