Last night the Sacramento Knitting Guild donated $500 to assist Hurricane Katrina evacuees in Houston. Specifically, this donation was earmarked to provide school supplies, school uniforms, and personal necessities for children housed at the Astrodome who are enrolling in Longfellow Elementary, where my cousin teaches.
This morning, based on that donation and others, the first wave of children to enroll are already outfitted with their school needs! Wow! That's what I call immediate assistance!
Houston is sending evacuated children to many schools throughout the city, and all of those children will need basic supplies. The school district has set up a donation site, and all monies will go directly to getting these destitute children ready to go to school. If you want to help, here's the website: http://www.houstonisd.org
Texas is a state that requires students to bring their own school supplies. We can help these kids get a fresh start on the school year after a horribly traumatic experience.
I don't know about you, but when I was in school, having a new box of crayons, a colorful stack of construction paper, and a bottle of fresh paste went a long way in making my world OK.