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hi east coasters!
if you live in a safe, inland area and find yourself with some =
"vacation" days 'cause of floyd, think about volunteering for the red =
cross. they were short of help in my community in florida and it is an =
incredibly worthwhile cause, helping people who have had to leave their =
homes cope with getting through the storm. the red cross is one of the =
best agencies in so far as getting the most of their funds to the people =
in need instead of to administrators since so much of their workforce is =
volunteer. working in a shelter center is a "natural" job for us =
teachers, too, with our experience in managing groups of people, =
listening, comforting, not sitting down...;) it's a really rewarding =
experience, also. you can call your local red cross and they will give =
you some basic training/instructions and then when you go to your =
assigned site there are experienced people who help you figure out what =
needs to be done.=20
btw, if you plan on donating food, be aware most places can not use =
"home cooked" stuff because there is no way to tell if it is safe or =
not...stick to canned, boxed, purchased items instead so your donation =
doesn't have to be discarded.
wendy in florida (phew! it missed us - this time!)
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